Search Results: "Mario Alberto Zambrano"


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LOTERÍA by Mario Alberto  Zambrano
Released: July 9, 2013

"A contemplative yet discordant collection of stories about where life's scars originate."
A young Mexican-American girl recounts the heartbreaking dissolution of her entire family. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A RELUCTANT DREAMER by Alberto  Ledesma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2017

"Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention."
Mexican-American scholar/writer/artist Ledesma (Graduate Diversity Director/Univ. of California) recounts his own experience of "the immigrant experience," with its tiers of risk and layers of aspiration. Read full book review >

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CURIOSITY by Alberto Manguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"For casual readers, the brief personal passages may provide welcome pauses in what is a highly literate and demanding text perhaps best appreciated by followers of Manguel's previous works."
An erudite analysis and exploration of curiosity through the author's own works and those of countless others. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A fine book about books that will appeal to readers of Manguel's previous work."
Graceful essays on books, reading, and the subversive possibilities of ideas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Perhaps too dense for casual readers, but lotus to lovers of Homer."
Brief but rich history of a mysterious bard and two wondrous works that serve as foundation stones for Western culture. Read full book review >

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SHOT IN THE CATHEDRAL by Mario Bencastro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Shot In The Cathedral ($18.95; Sept. 1, 1996; 220 pp.; 1-55885- 164-X): A skillful balance between journalistic reportage and a subjective focus on the lives of ordinary people afflicted by political upheaval distinguishes this otherwise familiar (and somewhat melodramatic) picture of El Salvador under siege in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

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China: The Big Lie? by Mario Cavolo
NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 2014

"A breezy overview of Chinese spending habits that predicts a rosy future for the world's fastest-growing economy."
A commentary on the cash economy of China that intersperses economic discussions with personal asides from Cavolo's (Catalysts to Change, 2013) experiences living and working in the Far East country. Read full book review >

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TRAGEDY OF CHILDHOOD by Alberto Savinio
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"For connoisseurs only."
Savinio (1891-1952), Giorgio de Chirico's brother, holds a place in the D'Annunzian strain of hypersensitive Italian art prose; his traffic with the great Paris surrealists of the early century (he was a painter too) adds color and a willingness to bend realistic conventions at will. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"With a few fine exceptions, then, here's the nature essay at its most quaint and rhapsodic, from empurpled pens."
paper 0-306-45992-2 Manguel's (A History of Reading, 1996, etc.) collection of natural history essays is overburdened with selections from Victorian Englishmen, with a smattering of odd gems to sustain the reader's interest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2001

"Intelligent and well-written, though also glancing and provisional."
A middling work of art history and criticism by the noted literary essayist (Into the Looking-Glass Wood, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF READING by Alberto Manguel
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"His book, digressive, witty, surprising, is a pleasure. (140 illustrations, not seen)"
A delightful set of interlinked essays that explore the history of reading, by a novelist (News From a Foreign Country Came, 1990) and anthologist (Other Fires, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >