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 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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DYING UNFINISHED by María Espinosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A fierce novel that explores the topography of passion and grace."
A lyrical novel that takes place over three generations and that reminds us of the arduousness, and even desolation, of love relationships—between husband and wife, spouse and lover, mother and daughter. 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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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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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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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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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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CELEBRATIONS/CELEBRACIONES by Nancy María Grande Tabor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Charming and attractive, this is a fine addition to both bilingual and holiday collections. (Nonfiction. 4-9)"
Tabor's rounded figures, drawn with childlike simplicity, move over vibrant background washes in this introduction to the holidays of the US and Mexico. Read full book review >

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THE GOLD OF DREAMS by José María Merino
FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"A gratuitous bit of melodrama when—the party happens on a tribe headed by none other than Miguel's long-lost father—but it hardly detracts from the fine quality of the whole. (Fiction. 12+)"
The son of a Spanish conquistador and an Indian woman, 15- year-old Miguel VillacÇ Y¢totl, leaves his home in conquered Mexico to join an expedition in search of the golden realm of the high priestess Yupaha. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Thoughtful, balanced addition to the frequently contentious scholarship of US-Cuban history. (15 b&w illustrations, 2 appendices)"
Nuanced explanation of a Cold War program that allowed approximately 14,000 Cuban children to enter the US in an effort to save them from Communism, written by one of those refugees. Read full book review >