Search Results: "Leovigildo Martinez"


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THE TWENTY-FIVE MIXTEC CATS by Matthew Gollub
ANIMALS
Released: April 19, 1993

"Just how these symbolic figures and events explicate the interaction of poverty, prejudice, and evil remains enigmatic (a note would have helped); still, Martinez makes an intriguing debut with his powerful art. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Mexican artist Martinez terms his style ``figurative magic''; with its vibrant, sinuously stylized figures and surreal overlapping scenes merging with borders containing still more expressive details, the term seems apt for a visual analogue to literature's magical realism. Read full book review >

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THE MOON WAS AT A FIESTA by Matthew Gollub
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Next time, perhaps, he'll be given a stronger story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A second collaboration between a noted Oaxacan artist and a California admirer of Mexican culture. Read full book review >

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UNCLE SNAKE by Matthew Gollub
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The resolution of his troubles will bedazzle even impatient youngsters, weary of the story's many arbitrary shifts. (Picture book/folklore. 5+)"
A murky, captivating tale based on the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, from the team behind The Moon Was at a Fiesta (1994). Read full book review >

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THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ by Robin Yardi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A magnificent novel that defines what it is to be an older brother, a friend, and, yes, even a knight. (appendix) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
"Nobody believed me when I said two skunks stole my old trike. But I'd seen those stinkers take it. Swear." Read full book review >

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MY HEART IS A DRUNKEN COMPASS by Domingo Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A passionate, occasionally convoluted account of personal redemption."
A best-selling memoirist tells the story of how he survived—and came to terms with—the traumatic near-deaths of his youngest brother and former fiancee. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CITY ROOM by Al Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A turbulent period and setting fully realized. Martinez (City of Angles, 1996, etc.) writes compassionately about it all, 'writes with fire and meaning'—to borrow the phrase he uses for his hero."
The Los Angeles Times columnist Pulitzer Prize winner tells a poignant story about the death of a newspaper. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

An elegy for the city that once was ridiculed as the mecca of mellow and is now ridiculed as the capital of free-floating hostility. Read full book review >

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BEST WORST AMERICAN by Juan Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An uneven but promising debut collection of short stories, some unique in their execution."
Twenty-four semiexistential short stories that have appeared in the likes of McSweeney's and Selected Shorts from Colombia-born writer Martinez. Read full book review >

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KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Compelling characters and a fast-paced, unpredictable plot make this thriller a genuine joy ride. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
This latest novel from Martinez, whose work features and speaks to the recently emancipated teen, offers evidence that the new-adult literary niche is more than a marketing gimmick. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE OF WHISPERS by Carole Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Transient in impact, but a powerfully visualized magic-realist fable."
Rather than marry a brute, a 12th-century damsel opts for the life of an anchoress, walled up in a cell, in this mystical French story infused with fairy tale and feminism. Read full book review >