Search Results: "Luis Sepúlveda"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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LUZ by Luis Gonzalez
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"An overlong first act that doesn't quite live up to its epic ambitions."
Gonzalez's debut novel, the first in a planned series, follows an idealistic young Cuban woman whose fate may change the course of human history. Read full book review >

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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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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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THIS CRAFT OF VERSE by Jorge Luis Borges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fascinating journey that weaves together the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature to cast old questions in a new light and supplement our understanding of a complex literary mind."
An elegant and deftly woven five-part lecture series that uses philosophic, etymological, and personal inquiry to offer an erudite and coherent exposition on the power and limitations of language with regard to the crafting of poetry. Read full book review >

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INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH by Luis Alberto Urrea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2009

"Minor work from a writer who has done much better."
Three Mexican señoritas cross the border with a gay escort in this good-humored road novel from Urrea (The Hummingbird's Daughter, 2005, etc.). 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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >