Search Results: "Mario Spezi"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE by Douglas Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 2008

"A cautionary saga about how the criminal-justice system can spin out of control."
Meticulous account of the collaboration between American thriller author Preston (Blasphemy, 2008, etc.) and Italian journalist Spezi to plumb a long-unsolved series of murders. Read full book review >

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SUPER MARIO by Jeff Ryan
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Late stumbles aside, an effective and entertaining overview of the video-game industry's history and Nintendo's essential role in shaping it."
A gaming journalist retraces Nintendo's unlikely shaping of video-game history through a pudgy Italian plumber named Mario. Read full book review >

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MARIO & BABY GIA by Mario Lopez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A good choice for children with younger siblings and cousins, especially Latinos. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Returning with his second picture book, Lopez (Mud Tacos, 2009) stresses the importance of family. Read full book review >

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MARIO MAKES A MOVE by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"A charming story of friendship, dance moves, artistic fervor and squirrels. (And squirrel facts!) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mario is a squirrel who loves his dance moves, from the "Bowling Ball" to "Twirly Ballet Arms," and his relatives assure him he is amazing. Read full book review >

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THE LONG SILENCE OF MARIO SALVIATI by Etienne van Heerden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Ambitious but diffuse."
Van Heerden offers a lyrical but underpowered interpretation of his country's history as a young woman visits an isolated village that's trapped in the past. 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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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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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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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 >