Search Results: "Laura Restrepo"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ANGEL OF GALILEA by Laura Restrepo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"This transparent piffle, already an international success, arrives garlanded with praises from Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez—whose tongues, one assumes, must be very sore from being held so firmly in their cheeks."
This fulsome first novel from Colombia portrays the changed sensibility of a woman reporter who investigates rumors that an angel has shown up in a Bogot† barrio. Read full book review >

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LEOPARD IN THE SUN by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Leopard In The Sun ($23.00; Sept. 1; 256 pp.; 0-609-60386-8): A yeasty melodrama, first published in 1993, about the violent underpinnings of her country's thriving drug trade, by the Colombian author of The Angel of Galilea (1998). Read full book review >

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DELIRIUM by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"After the treacly The Angel of Galilea (1998) and the acrid Leopard in the Sun (1999), you never know what you'll get from Restrepo. Delirium is one of her better books."
A prominent Colombian family's degradation and undoing mirror their country's victimization by murderous drug lords in this ambitious novel, the author's sixth in English translation. Read full book review >

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THE DARK BRIDE by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Lushly imagined but filled with clichés: basically another 'prostitute with a heart of gold' story, tarted up with references to Fellini and pretentious pronouncements about love."
Colombian Restrepo (Leopard in the Sun, 1999, etc.) offers a romantic concoction about a community of prostitutes (putas) servicing workers from the oil fields. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF THE DISPOSSESSED by Laura Restrepo
Released: Aug. 6, 2004

"Vividly detailed, a florid fantasy that suggests the miraculous potential of hope and love in the midst of perpetual war."
The fourth from Colombian Restrepo (The Dark Bride, 2002, etc.) traces an unlikely romance between a displaced man—raised in the hell of the country's decades-long civil war—and an outsider. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISLE OF PASSION by Laura Restrepo
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Improbable, sure, but that's not a bad thing in a historical romance this vivid and entertaining."
The Colombian author's previously untranslated 1999 debut novel is arguably her best: a ripping yarn that recreates an obscure historical incident. Read full book review >

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ILLEGAL by Bettina Restrepo
FICTION
Released: March 8, 2011

"This memorable coming-of-age story will awaken readers to the overlooked struggles of immigrants. (glossary) (Fiction. YA)"
When Nora's dad left their small Mexican town, Cedula, to make money for the family in the United States, he promised to be back for her 15th birthday quinceañera celebration. 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 >