Search Results: "María Virginia Farinango"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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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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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LONGING by María Espinosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A powerfully written tale of very messy lives, with all their sordid goings-on spotlightedbut with no shading for relief or credibility."
A vivid if overwrought portrait of another emotionally fragile, sensitive young woman who's saved from self- destructiveand often plain dumbbehavior by finding herself. Read full book review >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The text is bold and simple, and the format is varied so to appeal to any learning style, making counting almost effortless. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bartholomew, the pudgy butterscotch bear, rejoins his friends Little Black Kitten and George in this colorful counting story. Read full book review >

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IN A MINUTE! by Virginia Miller
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Parents and children alike will enjoy repeated readings of this appealing and reassuring story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The lovable, toddler-friendly bear duo of George and Bartholomew returns in a humorous tale about waiting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 19, 1998

"Instead, she offers evidence that some anti-Castro zealots are more than just a little crazy."
In her first book, Boza, who left Cuba as an exile at the age of six, chronicles how international politics and a rigid anticommunist father turned a smart little girl into a neurotic woman. Read full book review >

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SOLDIERS CRY BY NIGHT by Ana María Matute
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Readers willing to put in the time to make sense of Matute's challenging techniques of indirection will be richly rewarded with an important and fascinating work."
A powerful, if sometimes confusing, narrative of two young people losing their innocence and gaining a new sort of knowledge during the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >