Search Results: "Leovigildo Martinez"


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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 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 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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THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Jessica Martinez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Deeply troubling and unsatisfying. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Teen pregnancy is a source of shame in this disappointing second outing from Martinez (Virtuosity, 2011). Read full book review >

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HARD CORPS by Marco Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Despite his sincerity, Martinez lacks Swofford's writing skills. Consequently, his book may appeal only to those whose uncritical love of our fighting men matches his own."
A profane, testosterone-laced paean of love for the Marines and America and hatred for its enemies, which include Saddam Hussein's army and Americans who oppose the war. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2000

"Powerful and intriguing: poetry that overcomes modern angst by transforming the uncertainty and emptiness of life into human potential and hope."
Every year since 1978, the National Poetry Series has published five books of exceptional contemporary poetry. 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 >

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Released: Dec. 8, 2003

"Amusing irreverence gives way to a sentimental journey."
Longtime Los Angeles Times columnist and humorist Martinez (City of Angles, 1995, etc.) uses a wide range of travel experiences, mostly with family, as a format for disbursing rants, vents, intimate observations, and credit where credit's due. Read full book review >

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THE THREADS OF THE HEART by Carole Martinez
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"A three-part book that would have been more interesting without the extraneous details."
Debut novelist Martinez attempts an ambitious tale about a woman who creates remarkable transformations with sewing materials, but the story unravels before the end. Read full book review >