Search Results: "Laura Esquivel"


BOOK REVIEW

MALINCHE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"Despite its lyricism, this odd marriage of spirituality and psychology will be a slog for all but the most devoted New Agers."
In this brief novel, the author of 1992's Like Water For Chocolate attempts to repair the reputation of one of Mexican history's most reviled women, the Spanish conqueror Cortés's native interpreter, Malinalli. Read full book review >

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PIERCED BY THE SUN by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"A sympathetic protagonist and an engrossing exposition of social and political chaos in Mexico are smothered by generalized palaver about the oneness of the universe and the mythology of light."
A young and troubled policewoman in Mexico City's borough of Iztapalapa fights demons both internal and external in Esquivel's (Malinche, 2006, etc.) latest. Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF LOVE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Next time out, though, she needs to try a little less hard to astonish. (First printing of 500,000; author tour)"
An exuberant, hectic, ultimately exhausting novel about (among other things) time travel, true love, and reincarnation, by the author of the hugely best-selling Like Water for Chocolate (1992). Read full book review >

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LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Playful in its flirtation with magical realism and engaging in its folkloric earthiness but, nonetheless, light, romantic fare."
A first novel (``the number one bestseller in Mexico in 1990'')—liberally sprinkled with recipes and homemade remedies—from screenwriter Esquivel. Read full book review >

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SWIFT AS DESIRE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"An imaginative, lyrical fictional memoir, it seems, of the author's own father. (Interesting note: Gabriel García Márquez's father was also a telegraph operator, although the short piece he did recently was much less moony than Esquivel's.)"
A tender and thoughtful, if at times rather stilted, tale of a Mexican telegraph operator, by the megaselling author best known for her debut novel, Like Water for Chocolate (1992). Read full book review >

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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GOOSE GOES TO SCHOOL by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"What adventures will Sophie and Goose have next? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sophie and her friend Goose are again parted, this time for Sophie's first day of school, but just as in their first outing, Goose (2015), they aren't separated for long.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAN HARBOR by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"This is a gorgeous selection that children will treasure long after they have grown up. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The flora and fauna of the four seasons of the coast of Maine come to life in Rankin's (The Wriggly, Wriggly Baby, 2002, etc.) magnificent artwork. Read full book review >

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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"The effect is somewhat static, although the bright colors and bold, clean design do work well with the spare yet complete text. (Picture book/fairytale. 4-8)"
An old favorite is given a refreshing new look with bold, colorful, graphic art in gouache on watercolor paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEA FOR ME, TEA FOR YOU by Laura Rader
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"At the end, Swinings' sign says, 'CLOSED for a Private Party' and all are clearly having a good time. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pigs at tea are the subject of a rollicking, rhyming, counting read-aloud. Read full book review >

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MERL AND JASPER'S SUPPER CLUB by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Rankin's book, like Chris Van Allsburg's Bad Day at Riverbend (1995), sagely mirrors children's notions about what is real and what is not. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quick and curious episode from Rankin (The Handmade Alphabet, 1991). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TURN! by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A delightful friendship story that children can relate to, as either Pammy or Wyatt. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sharing is tough, but taking turns can be even tougher. Read full book review >