Search Results: "Luis Garay"


BOOK REVIEW

COUSINS by Elisa Amado
by Elisa Amado, illustrated by Luis Garay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The tone is earnest, but there is no preaching—and not only will young readers or listeners understand this child's motives, her religious and family issues are sure to spark reflection and discussion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sin, Confession, and Forgiveness are the dominant themes in this spare tale of a bi-cultural child shuttled between worlds. Read full book review >

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Trifecta: Rise by Luis Almonte

"An enjoyable tale about a tenacious witch for genre fans who aren't expecting departures."
In this debut YA contemporary fantasy novel, a teenage witch faces her first Trial, but a much bigger challenge looms as covens battle one another and vampires gain power. Read full book review >

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THE NAME OF A BULLFIGHTER by Luis Sepúlveda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Capably written, intermittently entertaining, and undoubtedly destined for the screen."
An abrupt change of pace from the Chilean author of The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (not reviewed), this is a swiftly paced suspense thriller that adapts the rhetoric of Raymond Chandler to the genre of international intrigue. Read full book review >

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MY SAX LIFE by Paquito D’Rivera
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2005

"To borrow one of the author's overused transitions, 'to make a long story short,' stick with the master's music and steer clear of this book."
The venerated Cuban jazz saxophonist produces a rambling rendition of his life that is far from pitch-perfect. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW OF WHAT WE WERE by Luis Sepúlveda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"The past is present in this political novel, which requires greater knowledge of Chile's politics and recent history than American readers are likely to bring to it."
Former Chilean revolutionaries reunite as bumbling conspirators in this novella by Sepúlveda (The Name of a Bullfighter, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Descriptive writing here sometimes reveals more than it feels decent to know, but Urrea's recognition of intact humanity—along with his accounts of kindness and generosity—gives this nightmarish tour its redeeming affection and hope. (Photographs.)"
Tijuana-born Urrea calls lice, scabies, typhoid, etc., the ``many ambassadors of poverty''; his vignettes of borderland misery (most appeared previously in the San Diego Reader) are like a series of painful and shocking introductions at a demonic embassy party. Read full book review >

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THE REPUBLIC OF EAST L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2002

"Misfires orbiting a worthwhile theme."
Twelve stories from poet and memoirest Rodriguez (Always Running, 1993, etc.) paint a disturbing portrait of East Los Angeles, but fail to populate it with characters who transcend the political sensibility they seem to emerge from. Read full book review >

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EXTREME DINOSAURS by Luis V. Rey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Though a list of books or Web sites would not have gone amiss, serious students of the prehistoric will attack this with the same eagerness as casual browsers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A talented artist specializing in dinosaurs pulls out all the stops in his first solo showcase for young fans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STILL DREAMING by Luis Gutierrez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"Funny, feisty and heartfelt."
An Illinois congressman's straight-shooting, spirited memoir about his transformation from Chicago barrio boy into dedicated champion for Latino civil rights. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL’S HIGHWAY by Luis Alberto Urrea
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2004

"A horrendous story told with bitter skill, highlighting the whole sordid, greedy mess that attends illegal broader crossings."
The rueful, fate-wracked tale of 26 men who tried to cross into the US from Mexico but chose the wrong time, place, and guide. Read full book review >

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IN SEARCH OF SNOW by Luis Alberto Urrea
Released: April 13, 1994

"There's plenty going on here; what's lacking is a narrative frame."
Urrea, whose collection of nonfiction vignettes about Mexicans living near the California border (Across the Wire, 1993) appeared last year, here fictionalizes similar material with uneven results. Read full book review >