Search Results: "Luis J. Rodriguez"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Galvez's realistic artwork makes the story, and its point, plain and accessible. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Rodriguez's bilingual story of just how easy it is to drift into gang life is snappily delivered in a tempo that makes it real. 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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Raw, searing reading from start to finish."
In this brilliantly jagged sequel to the gang-life classic, Always Running (1994), acclaimed journalist, poet and fiction writer Rodriguez (Music of the Mill, 2005, etc.) chronicles his struggle to leave behind a drug- and crime-ridden world that always threatened to "call him back." Read full book review >

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MUSIC OF THE MILL by Luis J. Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2005

"Powerful forces clash but don't engage in a way to involve the reader."
Mexican-Americans and other minorities struggle for power in an L.A. steel mill, in a heartfelt but disjointed first novel from this poet, autobiographer and storywriter (The Republic of East L.A., 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A song of the streets, fortissimo."
Angry autobiography of a Mexican-American who survived the gang wars of the late 60's and early 70's. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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LUCKY LUIS by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"The great illustrations would have benefited from simpler text. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young Latino rabbit must overcome a snack-based superstition in this baseball-centered picture book. Read full book review >

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LUIS PAINTS THE WORLD by Terry Farish
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A wistful snapshot of a young artist and his family. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 5-10)"
When his older brother, Nico, joins the Army, Luis picks up a paintbrush. Read full book review >

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JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

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J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

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JORGE LUIS BORGES by Adrian Lennon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 13, 1991

"Frequent b&w photos; chronology; bibliography; index. (Biography. 14+)"
A biography of the prize-winning Argentinian short-story writer and poet (1899-1986). Read full book review >

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OSCAR J by Sherlene Adolphe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A compassionate guide that can help parents and kids with tough questions."
A debut book steers young readers and their families through experiences of loss. Read full book review >