Search Results: "Lupe Ruiz-Flores"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BATTLE OF THE SNOW CONES / LA GUERRA DE LAS RASPAS by Lupe Ruiz-Flores
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

"While the themes of friendly rivalry and work-made-fun are worthwhile, the odd deus ex machina mystifies more than it delights. (Picture book. 5-7)"
On one of the hottest weeks of the summer in Caliente, Texas, best friends Elena and Alma open competing snow-cone stands across the street from each other. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2012

"The simplicity of the suggested idea that homemade fruit juice will always be fun to make and delicious to drink is appealing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The fruit-blended juice drinks known as aguas frescas offered at a fair inspire a little girl and her mother to serve their own version after soccer practice. Read full book review >

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THE EXORCISM OF SOFIA FLORES by Danielle Vega
Released: July 5, 2016

"A departure from the Mean Girls aesthetic of the first book but a sequel still meant for only the most unflinching of readers. (Horror. 14 & up)"
Sofia Flores returns, this time to save her own soul, as a relentless demon, Catholic dogma, and a sinfully attractive classmate threaten to tear her apart in Vega's gruesome sequel to Merciless (2014). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUPE VELEZ AND HER LOVERS by Floyd Conner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1993

"A benchmark in the art of paste-pot bio—and winner of the Plan Nine from Outer Space Award as the worst movie book ever written. (Sixteen pages of photographs)"
Dizzyingly dreadful bio of the once-famous ``Mexican Spitfire,'' who racked up lovers like billiard balls and married Tarzan, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 23, 1993

"A thickly atmospheric first novel—with just enough mystery to hold together a powerfully elegiac memoir of the heady early days of Chicano activism."
Twenty years after four Chicano campus activists were attacked by a masked gang along a lonely road outside town and their leader, Rocky Ruiz, was shot down, the survivors begin to feel the heat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRISON NOTEBOOKS OF RICHARDO FLORES MAGON by Douglas Day
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A vivid chapter in Mexican history but told by a less-than- vivid narrator."
Fictional notebooks in which a historically real Mexican anarchist intellectual describes his country's revolution of 1914, his experiences with Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, and his thoughts about the cause to which he has given his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

XOCHITL AND THE FLOWERS/XÓCHITL, LA NIÑA DE LAS FLORES by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Full of love for family and community, this bilingual story embodies the belief that positive action can overcome the negatives of circumstance. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Angel's expressive and teeming illustrations warmly complement the sweet temper of Argueta's tale of an El Salvadoran family—daughter, mother, and father—living in San Francisco. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE AMERICA by Dan Flores
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"Well written throughout and just the right length, Flores' book makes a welcome primer for living in a land in which coyotes roam freely—in, that is to say, the Coyote America of his title."
A thoughtful study of Canis latrans, that quintessential North American mammal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN FOR THE REVOLUTION by Rudy Ruiz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2013

"Well-executed stories that offer fresh perspectives on long-standing societal problems."
Seven short stories explore the hard lives of Latinos and the fraught relations between their native and adopted countries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG BEAR by Ron Ruiz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2003

"Ruiz, a practicing California DA, creates a warts-and-all protagonist for his third outing (Giuseppe Rocco, 1998, etc.): you may not always like Gabby, but you'll probably find yourself rooting for him."
A notably different courtroom drama in which a young Mexican-American battles overwhelming odds to become a lawyer, then a good lawyer, and finally—sadly enough—a successful one. Read full book review >