Search Results: "Nico Medina"


BOOK REVIEW

NICO by James Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Unevenly written and sometimes troubling—there are hints of scores settled here—but, still, a funny and engaging chronicle that puts you right on the tour bus, amid the clutter of drums and drugs and unwashed bodies."
Model, singer, and pop icon Nico was at the center of 60's hip, but when keyboardist James Young backed her up in the early 80's, a lifetime of heroin addiction had reduced her to a rude and demanding specter haunting the fringes of rock 'n' roll society. Read full book review >

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THE STRAIGHT ROAD TO KYLIE by Nico Medina
FICTION
Released: May 22, 2007

"Averaging at least a half-dozen yuks per page, Medina's first offering packs slick, Gossip-Girl-Goes-to-Orlando language stylings with realistic yet over-the-top situations that should have teen readers—gay or straight—doing the locomotion for more. (Fiction. YA)"
Best friends, booze, bodaciousness and bitch-slaps are the name of the game in this hilarious, full-on twist on the mistaken-identities conundrum. Read full book review >

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GO AHEAD, ASK ME.  by Nico Medina
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Don't bother. (Nonfiction. YA)"
This conversation-starter crosses the line. Read full book review >

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COLD MEDINA by Gary Hardwick
Released: Feb. 19, 1996

"At his best, he shows a promising sense of what makes for a narrative that's genuinely dramatic, as opposed to one that's just sensational."
An initially impressive first novel whose brilliantly bleak accounts of Detroit's mean streets and black/white tensions are undone at the close by over-the-top plot excesses. Read full book review >

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LIFE WITHOUT NICO by Andrea Maturana
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Nico's return provides both Maia and listeners an opportunity to consider how holes not only signify absence, but also keep room for the people who edify our lives. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this Mexican import, Maia and Nico giggle through endlessly interwoven days of best-friend bliss, until Nico moves, and "a hole appears in Maia's life." Read full book review >

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1 BIG SALAD by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"From layout to text to artwork, this counting book takes 'playing with your food' to a new level. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Photographs of salad ingredients, embellished with details done in black ink, create whimsical arrays from one through 10. Read full book review >

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JUANA AND LUCAS by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The real gift of this book comes from presenting a different point of reference to American children who hear only stories of poverty and need coming out of South America. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Meet Juana, a lively and opinionated grade school girl growing up in Bogotá, Colombia. She strongly dislikes wearing her hot and itchy school uniform but even more having to learn to speak English: "Why not just speak in Spanish? It is SO much easier!" Read full book review >

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ABC PASTA by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Younger kids are not likely to recognize many of the lesser-known types of pasta, but what a toothsome way to have fun with them. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Get your forks ready—this salute to pasta via the ABCs is truly entertaining, as the subtitle states. Read full book review >

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THE MARKS OF BIRTH by Pablo Medina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Lyrical and stylish, this is a fine example of magical realism in the vein of Rudolfo Anaya and Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez."
An evocative novel about the trials and triumphs of a Hispanic family, from a Cuban-born poet and essayist (Exiled Memories, not reviewed). Read full book review >