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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DR. J by Karl Taro Greenfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A good enough treatment of the phenomenon called 'Dr. J' and an especially thoughtful account of the man, Julius Erving."
The NBA's most transformative player submits an unusually revealing autobiography. Read full book review >

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J. P. by John Mooers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2013

"A history buff's guilty pleasure, offering a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of a man whose impact on society lasts to this day."
A historical novel that paints an intimate portrait of J.P. Morgan, U.S. banker, financier and philanthropist. Read full book review >