Search Results: "Monica Martinez"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 2014

"The anecdotes are uplifting, but the authors are not persuasive about the ease of adapting these schools' strategies to larger, financially strapped settings."
The authors contend that learning how to learn is the most essential skill for 21st-century students. Read full book review >

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THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Jessica Martinez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Deeply troubling and unsatisfying. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Teen pregnancy is a source of shame in this disappointing second outing from Martinez (Virtuosity, 2011). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2000

"Powerful and intriguing: poetry that overcomes modern angst by transforming the uncertainty and emptiness of life into human potential and hope."
Every year since 1978, the National Poetry Series has published five books of exceptional contemporary poetry. Read full book review >

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HARD CORPS by Marco Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Despite his sincerity, Martinez lacks Swofford's writing skills. Consequently, his book may appeal only to those whose uncritical love of our fighting men matches his own."
A profane, testosterone-laced paean of love for the Marines and America and hatred for its enemies, which include Saddam Hussein's army and Americans who oppose the war. Read full book review >

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KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Compelling characters and a fast-paced, unpredictable plot make this thriller a genuine joy ride. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
This latest novel from Martinez, whose work features and speaks to the recently emancipated teen, offers evidence that the new-adult literary niche is more than a marketing gimmick. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE OF WHISPERS by Carole Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Transient in impact, but a powerfully visualized magic-realist fable."
Rather than marry a brute, a 12th-century damsel opts for the life of an anchoress, walled up in a cell, in this mystical French story infused with fairy tale and feminism. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 8, 2003

"Amusing irreverence gives way to a sentimental journey."
Longtime Los Angeles Times columnist and humorist Martinez (City of Angles, 1995, etc.) uses a wide range of travel experiences, mostly with family, as a format for disbursing rants, vents, intimate observations, and credit where credit's due. Read full book review >

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BEST WORST AMERICAN by Juan Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An uneven but promising debut collection of short stories, some unique in their execution."
Twenty-four semiexistential short stories that have appeared in the likes of McSweeney's and Selected Shorts from Colombia-born writer Martinez. Read full book review >

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VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Former child violin prodigy Martinez brings this overwrought world to tense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliant debut. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Grammy-winning, world-touring violinist Carmen Bianchi, 17, has outgrown child-prodigy status. To transition to an adult career as a virtuoso soloist, she must win the Guarneri Competition. If she loses, she'll be just another former prodigy. Read full book review >

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PARROT IN THE OVEN by Victor Martinez
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"The picture Manny paints of his world is not a pretty one, but it is unusually vibrant. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A whirlwind of surprising similes and inventive turns of phrase colorfully frame this grim, ultimately tender story, subtitled ``Mi Vida,'' about a young Chicano getting his priorities straight. Read full book review >

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MOST WANTED by Michele Martinez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"First-timer (and former federal prosecutor) Martinez stokes reader interest with a large, attractive cast, though she could use more subtlety in both writing and plotting."
A young federal prosecutor snags the most important case of her career just as her personal life threatens to spin out of control. Read full book review >

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COVER-UP by Michele Martinez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2007

"The dialogue is clunky in places and Vargas's role in the case seems implausible, but this fast-paced, suspenseful chick-lit thriller combines sexy romance with enough action to keep readers engaged."
A feisty female federal prosecutor pursues the brutal killer of a beautiful muckraking television journalist while at the same time balancing her growing feelings for a hunky FBI agent. Read full book review >