Search Results: "Mayra Santos-Febres"


BOOK REVIEW

URBAN ORACLES by Mayra Santos-Febres
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Much more than erotica, these blunt stories are crystalline glimpses of the psychology of obsession, by a writer whom we ought to know better."
Urban Oracles ($15.95 paperback original; Apr. 1997; 220 pp.; 1-57129-034-6): Fifteen erotic stories, rife with furtive sexual encounters, voyeurism, and daringly sensual imagery, from a highly acclaimed Spanish writer. Read full book review >

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SIRENA SELENA by Mayra Santos-Febres
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Beautifully conceived and structured, and very entertaining."
This impishly sensual novel is an often hilarious anatomy of gender confusion, set in the Dominican Republic, and reminiscent of the classic silent film The Blue Angel. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A generous spirit and penchant for grand gestures make him all the more worth knowing—particularly for American audiences unaware that there is any question about who was the first to fly. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
So the Wright Brothers were the first to fly? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's no Young Men and Fire, but Santos provides a good summary of terrible events and their aftermath."
New York Times Phoenix bureau chief Santos looks into a lightning-caused blaze that killed 19 Arizona firefighters in the summer of 2013. Read full book review >

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DANCING TO “ALMENDRA” by Mayra Montero
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"There's simply too much of everything. Montero captures the reader's attention, but the story flies apart before the reader can take hold of it."
Organized crime and disorganized personal relations are tightly intertwined in the prolific Cuban-born Puerto Rican author's latest (The Captain of the Sleepers, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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DOWN TO THE BONE by Mayra Lazara Dole
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

A passionate girl loses her first love but finds community and self in this flashy debut with awkward prose but lots of heart. Read full book review >

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THE RED OF HIS SHADOW by Mayra Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Overdecorated and underplotted. Not up to Montero's usual standard."
The lush exoticism and sinister supernaturalism of the culture of voudou are evoked in rapturous detail in this unusual novel, the fourth in English translation from the Cuban-born Puerto Rican author (The Last Night I Spent with You, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN OF THE SLEEPERS by Mayra Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2005

"She's one of Latin America's finest writers, and this is her best novel yet."
An abortive revolution in postwar Puerto Rico parallels a family's unraveling in Cuban-born Montero's intricate 2002 novel (her sixth in English translation). Read full book review >

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BIRTHDAY IN THE BARRIO/CUMPLEAÑOS EN EL BARRIO by Mayra L. Dole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"In addition, the warmth of family and community suffuses the tale and crosses all cultural boundaries. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Vibrant colors, exaggerated heads and faces, and a childlike hyper-emotion characterize this story of a loving Cuban community in Miami and the two young girls who do everything in their power to combine a quinces with a benefit for a homeless shelter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRONICLES of A SEER by Ramon Santos
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2014

"For evangelical Christian readers, Santos offers a lively account of being a spiritual force in a darkness-haunted world."
One Christian's account of being a biblical-style seer in the modern day. Read full book review >

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THE LAST NIGHT I SPENT WITH YOU by Mayra Montero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"An insouciantly witty celebration of the mingled folly and grandeur of physical love and its discontents. The best so far from one of Latin America's most impressive recent exports."
The Cuban-born author's fifth novel (and third in English translation, following In the Palm of Darkness, 19xx, and The Messenger, 19xx) depicts in profuse erotic detail the temptations to which a middle-aged married couple separately succumb during a Caribbean vacation voyage. Read full book review >