Search Results: "María Dueñas"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TIME IN BETWEEN by María Dueñas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Middlebrow and breezy. A perfect beach read, if a touch off-season, unless you're headed for Casablanca and its waters."
"You wore blue. The Germans wore gray." So quoth Humphrey Bogart's character in Casablanca, the tutelary spirit behind bestselling Spanish debut novelist Dueñas' high-minded historical soap. Read full book review >

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THE VINEYARD by María Dueñas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Though sometimes buckling under its own weight, this sprawling tale will charm fans of historical romance."
When Mauro Larrea is bankrupted by a business deal shattered by the American Civil War, he embarks on a great adventure to build his fortunes anew. Read full book review >

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THE HEART HAS ITS REASONS by María Dueñas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A slow-paced but ultimately satisfying story of a woman who comes to terms with her past by investigating someone else's."
A professor desperate to escape her problems stumbles into research that will change her life in this novel from Dueñas (The Time in Between, 2011). Read full book review >

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BOTTLES BREAK by Nancy María Grande Tabor
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The book ends with addresses, telephone numbers, and web sites where children of alcoholics can get help. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An earnest and overwrought attempt at bibliotherapy, with strikingly fine illustrations. Read full book review >

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Released: April 24, 1995

"A compelling debut with prose that sometimes stumbles but more often soars in describing human suffering and faith."
A lyrical coming-of-age novel about the bleak, hand-to-mouth existence of migrant workers and the power of the human spirit to rise above adversity. Read full book review >

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THE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVILS by María Cristina Brusca
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Also available in Spanish as El Herrero y el Diablo. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
The author of On the Pampas (1991), which was based on her childhood experiences, retells an Argentine version of the Appalachian tale that Richard Chase called ``Wicked John and the Devil,'' which also occurs in African-American folklore. Read full book review >

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MY MAMA'S LITTLE RANCH ON THE PAMPAS by María Cristina Brusca
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Endpapers explain the southern hemisphere's seasons and some Argentine terms for foods, dances, etc., with pronunciation; energetic watercolors with angular forms recalling Dirk Zimmer's characters nicely evoke the setting. (Autobiography/Picture book. 4-8)"
In a sequel to On the Pampas (1991), which described a childhood summer on her grandparents' ranch, Brusca relates a year's events on the small ranch her mother purchased to raise cattle, and where the family spent holidays and weekends. Read full book review >

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ESPERANZA'S BOX OF SAINTS by María Amparo Escandón
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"It is, nevertheless, smoothly and enjoyably readable throughout: a more than commendable debut. (Author tour)"
An extremely likable first novel that seems destined for high visibility: Escand¢n has prepared both English and Spanish-language versions and has written the script for a film version recently screened at Cannes. Read full book review >

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BABY TALK / HABLANDO CON BEBE by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Babies love looking at pictures of other babies, so this book should get plenty of use. (Board book. 3-18 mos.)"
Sweet black-and-white photographs show babies and the people who surround them communicating in ways that go beyond words. Read full book review >

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THE COOK AND THE KING by María Cristina Brusca
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1993

"Authors' note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
A lively variant of ``Clever Manka,'' a Czech tale retold by Parker Fillmore. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF WATER by Laura Resau
FICTION
Released: March 8, 2011

"By turns heartbreaking, infuriating and ultimately inspiring. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
The riveting tale of an indigenous Ecuadorian girl being sent away from her family to work for a middle-class mestizo (of Spanish heritage) couple, this collaborative novel by teen author Resau and Farinango is based on the life story of the latter. Read full book review >