Search Results: "Monica Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

MONICA by Saunders Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"But Lewis is also an obtrusive writer whose digressions and summaries both vitiate this novel's artfulness and make it unlikely that Monica will ever be seen as anything more than an unusually interesting period piece."
Monica ($17.95 paperback original; Oct. 31; 120 pp.; 1-85411-195-7): The first American edition of a once-notorious 1930 novel by eminent Welsh writer Lewis (18931985), whose only foray into prose fiction was this Bovary-an tale of an unhappy housewife sustained, then betrayed, by her overheated romantic imagination. Read full book review >

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BROWN by Richard Rodriguez
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2002

"Elegant, controversial, and altogether memorable."
A poetic, often contrarian meditation on race in modern America. Read full book review >

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BROWN by James Polster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Good fun, if ultimately shallow."
A rollicking, at times extremely funny, tall tale disguised as a detective novel, careening with Hunter Thompsonesque panache through the restaurants, bars, and haunts of the corrupt rich in San Francisco, that classic mystery milieu. Read full book review >

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KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The book's portrayal of Pandy feels both self-congratulatory and unintentionally unpleasant, the hostility toward male characters is virulent—the only good male in the book may not be one—and the sense of humor is nil."
Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, 2008, etc.) is still playing her Sex and the City riffs in this self-referential sort-of satire about an author whose insanely popular fictional creation has taken over her life.Read full book review >

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Keep Santa Monica Clean by Pasha Adam
Released: July 21, 2016

"A wildly entertaining take on Hollywood and the slime beneath the sparkle."
A Los Angeles noir novel shows readers a side of the city that they don't often allow themselves to see. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Sweet wondrous life to live' seems—well, sweet, it's also piquantly ironic in light of the struggles awaiting these promising, much-beloved children. (Poetry. 5+)"
Enchanting period photos of young African-Americans, which Myers collected from "dusty bins in antique shops, flea markets, auction houses, and museum collections." Read full book review >

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LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN! by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Celebrate a truly accepting multicultural character. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Brown introduces a smart, young protagonist with a multicultural background in this series opener for chapter-book readers. Read full book review >

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CHAVELA AND THE MAGIC BUBBLE by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Unfortunately, Morales (A Piñata in a Pine Tree, 2009, etc.) repeats the same facial features, clothing style and range of colors used in her prior works, generalizing the story's pleasing geographical specificity. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Chavela's joy is to chew all kind of gums. Read full book review >

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TITO PUENTE, MAMBO KING / TITO PUENTE, REY DEL MAMBO by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A vibrant, reverent celebration of the godfather of salsa. (biographical note; brief musical notation for rumba beat included in the text) (Bilingual picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Brown and López, who previously teamed for the award-winning My Name Is Celia (2004), collaborate anew in this energetic bilingual tribute to the salsa drummer and band leader extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Marisol's varied, distinctive lifestyle and multiracial family affirms our increasingly blended society and clearly celebrates independent thinking. Brava! (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl celebrates her multiracial background and pride in her individuality through a creative and non-conformist attitude. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as 'quiquiriquí,' 'tacatac' and 'iii-aah' adding to the fun. (author's note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown's latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village. Read full book review >