Search Results: "Luis J. Rodriguez"


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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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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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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: 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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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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SANTA RITA STORIES by Andrew J Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2014

"Sure to transport readers to another place and time."
A collection of short stories centering on a young boy coming of age in a small fishing community during the mid-1950s in pre-Castro Cuba. Read full book review >

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THE GINGERBREAD MAN by Béatrice Rodriguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Not the most flavorsome retelling, but worth a nibble. (Picture book folk tale. 4-6)"
It's all a lark in this quick and simple version of the tale—at least until someone gets eaten. Read full book review >

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From the Banks of Brook Avenue by W.R. Rodriguez
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A long, beautiful praise song to the land north of the Harlem River."
Poet Rodriguez (Concrete Pastures of the Beautiful Box, 2008, etc.) brings his Bronx Trilogy to a resounding, satisfying conclusion. Read full book review >

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SERGIO MAKES A SPLASH! by Edel Rodriguez
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Sergio comes with his own website, but a celebrity like Olivia he's not—more of an everypenguin, whose angst in the face of new experiences will strike a chord in many young children. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Sergio the Argentinian penguin loves drinking, splashing and playing with water, but he can't swim—which makes for some anxious moments when his class takes a field trip to the ocean. Read full book review >