Search Results: "Mayra Santos-Febres"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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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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VERDICT IN THE DESERT by Patricia Santos Marcantonio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2016

"Despite quibbles, a fine read that lays bare a less-than-glorious side of America's recent past. Fans of courtroom dramas will enjoy it as will anyone who enjoys a meaningful story."
A detail-rich novel about an Arizona murder trial, prejudice, and American culture in the late 1950s. Read full book review >

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THE SOWING by Steven dos Santos
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2014

"Frequently baffling and uneven; only for readers already invested in Lucky. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
Following The Culling (2013), Recruit-turned-Imposer trainee Lucian "Lucky" Spark observes the Trials, a yearly competition in which horror-movie-esque situations determine which competitor's loved one dies; his position may be new, but it is still potentially deadly. Read full book review >

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THE CULLING by Steven dos Santos
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2013

"Entirely derivative from start to finish, it will probably nonetheless appeal to those still obsessed with the torture genre and stands as a rare dystopia in which gay characters exist. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
Lucian "Lucky" Spark has run out of luck; he's been selected as a candidate for the Recruitment, a series of brutal tests designed to be a fast track to military leadership for a few of the most promising individuals of society. Read full book review >

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PLACES LEFT UNFINISHED AT THE TIME OF CREATION by John Phillip Santos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Chicano studies."
A moving, intellectually powerful memoir of Mexican-American life. Read full book review >