Search Results: "Mario Salvadori"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 1995

"A fun, sturdy book filled with helpful charts and dozens of illustrations."
A nifty popularization of the hard science and history of volcanoes and earthquakes. 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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THE ROMA PLOT by Mario Bolduc
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Displaying a lively curiosity for Romanian history and contemporary life in Bucharest, Bolduc weaves seemingly disparate plot threads into a twisted yet coherent yarn."
A strange case of wholesale murder has roots in the second world war and the brutalities of the German concentration camps. Read full book review >

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THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo
Released: March 10, 1969

"A Mafia Whiteoaks, bound for popularity, once you get past the author's barely concealed admiration for the 'ethics' and postulates of primitive power plays."
Ten years in the workaday progress of a New York Mafia sort of family dynasty tale with all the attendant flurries of great houses at war. Read full book review >

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Released: May 15, 1997

"Once Upon a River''), and especially in the magical-realist metaphoric power of the collection's vivid central image: a tree that gathers unto itself the bodies of the dead and restores them to life and safety within its body."
justify yes* The Tree Of Life ($11.95 paperback original; May 15, 1997; 128 pp.; 1-55885-186-8): Fifteen stories about the effects of El Salvador's brutal civil war (197992), from the journalist and novelist previously known for A Shot in the Cathedral (1996). Read full book review >

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Kitty and Shep by Mario Barrera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A lighthearted sexual satire that gives a whole new meaning to the words 'cat lover' and 'dog lover.'"
A picaresque fantasy focuses on a California cat who becomes human. Read full book review >

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IS GOD A MATHEMATICIAN? by Mario Livio
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"The conclusion falls a bit flat, but Livio's trip through mathematical history is thoroughly enjoyable and requires no special training to follow it."
Why does math describe reality so well? A scientist offers tentative answers. Read full book review >

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INSIDE LAS VEGAS by Mario Puzo
Released: April 1, 1977

"Even readers put off by Puzo's admiringly clear-eyed love for the meretricious will find themselves turning one page more."
When Don Puzo moves in on Las Vegas, he's not striving for art but something like that emerges. Read full book review >

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THE SICILIAN by Mario Puzo
Released: Dec. 1, 1984

"But, if relatively thin and tame, this episodic morality-play is still vigorous storytelling in the dark, bitter Puzo manner—with twisting loyalties, impassive vendettas, and corruption at every level, from the town barber to the Cardinal of Palermo."
Remember, in The Godfather, when Michael Corleone had to hide out in Sicily for a while before coming home to start taking over the Corleone empire? Read full book review >