Search Results: "Lucia Brandao"


BOOK REVIEW

FROM ANOTHER WORLD by Ana Maria Machado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Translated from the Portuguese, this Hans Christian Andersen award winner weaves together a mildly enigmatic yet unexciting plot that purports themes of freedom and justice accompanied by slightly cubist-style charcoal or pastel drawings. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When Mariano's mother and friend decide to restore and convert an old plantation house into an inn, the ghostly apparition of Rosario, a slave child from the previous century, brings to light a story of cruel mass murder in 19th-century Brazil. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 2014

"A fascinating, enjoyable history, only mired at times by hiccups in the narrative."
Mouat, a member ofthe Council on Foreign Relations and the Academic Council on the United Nations System, presents an insightful if overly long look at the eight United Nations secretaries-general. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY JESUS PAWN SHOP by Lucia Orth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A capable, often graceful novel in which the fiction is subservient to and less powerful than the serious political facts."
The suffering of the Filipino people under the tyrannical Marcos regime is the setting for an impossible love affair in this earnest, at times elegant debut. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Wrenchingly courageous."
In this powerfully affecting memoir, ex-Christian Scientist Greenhouse tells the story of how her parents' fervent adherence to their religion tore the family irrevocably apart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NORMAL by Lucia Nevai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 1997

"Some of the shorter pieces beg for development, and settle too readily for cynicism and glibness, but the strongest stories here make it clear that Nevai is a real talent with a ready wit and a steady gaze."
The most agreeable pieces in Nevai's second collection (Star Game, 1987) suggests that social workers rush in where angels fear to tread, which is a welcome view in fiction largely concerned with family dysfunction, alcoholism, divorce, and madness—in short, with families who desperately need help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2012

"Emotionally unflinching stories of considerable power, wonder and humor."
A prize-winning poet (and MacArthur Fellow grant recipient) extends her literary mastery with a debut story collection. Read full book review >

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THE STORYTELLER’S CANDLE/LA VELITA DE LOS CUENTOS by Lucia González
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The collage illustrations incorporate a sepia-toned oil-wash technique to give the pictures an older look. (author's notes, glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
The first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library was Pura Belpré, still renowned for her storytelling and her books of folktales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GHOST WARRIOR by Lucia St. Clair Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A great main character, immense moral tragedy, all sung with full lungs."
Seventh in Robson's phosphorescently magnificent gallery of forgotten women whom she's dug up God knows where—even as far off as feudal Japan in The Tokaido Road. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"Even coastal snobs will be dashing to the kitchen. (75 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This 14th entry in the Knopf Cooks American series is top- notch (even Knopf's trademark borzoi has gotten into the spirit, sporting a jaunty toque). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KINDHEARTED CROCODILE by Lucia Panzieri
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A paradoxically enjoyable and consternating metafictive read. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A postmodern picture book with decidedly antiquated characterization, this Italian import may upend conventional wisdom about crocodiles, but it reinforces gender stereotypes. Read full book review >

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WHEN NO-ONE'S LOOKING AT THE ZOO by Zana Fraillon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Nice but unexceptional—once the fun of lifting the gatefolds is past. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The animals have their own, surprising ways of having fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY'S LAND by Lucia St. Clair Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Memorable characters, scenes, and lilting dialogue: a stylish, superior historical. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Richly detailed, first-rate tale of the religious, social, and political conflicts during the colonizing of Maryland (163849), based on the extraordinary real lives of real people. Read full book review >