Search Results: "Lydia M. Gil"


BOOK REVIEW

MIMÍ’S PARRANDA/LA PARRANDA DE MIMÍ by Lydia M. Gil
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2007

"And yes, they will learn what a parranda is. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As the weather turns cold and people prepare for Christmas, Mimí begins to dream and plan for her family's annual trip to Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

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WHILE THE WAR IS RAGING
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson

Cover Story: Bucolic Battlefield
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: SWALK
Bonus Factor: Annoying Little Brother
Relationship Status: Keep Calm and Carry On

Cover Story: Bucolic Battlefield

This cover manages to make war seem like something that happens at a distance. It’s lovely, but it’s also a Standard ...


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LETTERS FROM HEAVEN / CARTAS DEL CIELO by Lydia Gil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A tender depiction of a child's acceptance of the death of a beloved grandmother and the cultural importance of traditional foods. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Celeste struggles to process her feelings of sadness following her grandmother's death. Read full book review >

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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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ALL IS NOT LOST
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman

Cover Story: In the Clouds
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Heavy, Yet Hopeful
Anti-Bonus Factor: Suicide
Relationship Status: Here For You

Trigger Warning: Teach Me to Forget deals with attempted suicide, suicidal thoughts, cutting, severe depression, how suicide affects the people who are ...


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CHOOSING YOUR OWN PATH
by Leila Roy

Everyone wants something different from me. It’s like one second, I should be a better dude. I should stop being such a girly douche, and I should just man up. Then, it’s the opposite: I’m too much of a guy, and it’s not right. I should be a girl, because that’s what I’m supposed to be.

The thing is, I’m ...


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THREE BOOKS ABOUT GAME SHOWS
by Leila Roy

While the multiple sexual harassment lawsuits make him a somewhat problematic figure now, Bob Barker was a hugely iconic figure in my childhood. I was really only allowed to watch daytime television when I was home sick from school, so I associate him—and The Price is Right—with lying on the couch with the flu. A weird treat for a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF GOD by Gil Cuadros
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"What should have been a moving testament to relationships and life in a time of crisis proves agenda-driven and weak."
A typical debut, rife with self-reference and autobiography, that adds another voice, but nothing new, to the rich tapestry of gay life in America. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Fans of Millard Fillmore, that noted moderate, won't find much new in these pages, but those sick to death of extremist rhetoric should be assured by the author's conclusions."
Moderate does not equal namby-pamby, and extremism is not an American norm; instead, the founders "celebrated modesty, balance, self-denial, and rationality," none of which seem abundant in politics today. Read full book review >

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PROTECT HERO by Gil Ortega
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2014

"A worthwhile thriller, primarily for fans of military action."
In Ortega's debut thriller, a U.S. Navy SEAL commander finds his personal life shattered by a kidnapping. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2005

"Inventiveness of personal responsibility is not Reavill's strong suit, but his concern for our visual and aural everyday has merit. Sex, as he states, should be the glittering sand on the beach, not the stuff kicked in our faces by thugs."
The author waves a yellow flag of warning at smut's bullying ubiquity in American popular culture, from the compromised position of being a cog in its wheel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Full of surprising and fascinating anecdotes, this is an absorbing look at an often-overlooked aspect of the modern presidency. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Emphasizing the increasingly complex political and cultural role of the First Lady, Troy (History/McGill Univ.; See How They Ran, 1991) takes an unusual look at the travails of ten modern presidential couples, from the Trumans to the Clintons. Read full book review >