Search Results: "Omar S. Castañeda"


BOOK REVIEW

IMAGINING ISABEL by Omar S. Castañeda
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Told in a vivid, lyrical style, rich in details of Mayan culture and Guatamalan life and politics, a novel with characters who are not only well realized as individuals but also effectively embody the groups and viewpoints contending for their ravaged country. (Fiction. 12+)"
Caste§eda's fine first novel, Among the Volcanoes (1991), described Isabel's struggle to get medical help for her mother in the face of the Mayan traditions of her Guatamalan village and the opposition of her fiancÇ, Lucas. Read full book review >

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NARANJO THE MUSE by Omar S. Castañeda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1997

"An unusually imaginative and charming book."
Magical-realist metafictional tricks effectively enliven this collection of cleverly interconnected stories from the Latino author of Among the Volcanoes (1991) and Abuela's Weave (1993). Read full book review >

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ABUELA'S WEAVE by Omar S. Castañeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1993

"Handsome, appealing, and sure to be useful. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A new publisher with a multicultural mission makes an excellent first showing (also see Mochizuki, below) with this picture-book debut by the author of Among the Volcanoes (1991)— in which Castañeda returns to his native Guatemala for a story about Esperanza and her grandmother selling their traditional woven articles. Read full book review >

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THE ACTIVE SIDE OF INFINITY by Carlos Castañeda
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"This is hardly an original idea, and it can—t justify wading through Castaneda's welter of self-indulgence, which might translate better to a bumper-sticker adage."
Dense, narcissistic musings on death and the shaman's life. Read full book review >

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THE ART OF DREAMING by Carlos Castañeda
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"The Art of Dozing is more like it."
The eighth—and one hopes the last—book about Castaneda's apprenticeship with the Yaqui Indian sorcerer Don Juan Matus. Read full book review >

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MAÑANA FOREVER? by Jorge G. Castañeda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"An informed, persuasive analysis of the attitudinal adjustments and concrete changes required for Mexico to thrive in the 21st century."
A distinguished scholar charts the many contradictions that shape and afflict Mexico. Read full book review >

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LESLIE by Omar Tyree
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

"Implausibly melodramatic portrait of a killer whose actions evoke horror rather than sympathy."
Tyree (Just Say No!, 2001, etc.), whose grim tales of life in the 'hood usually offer moments of grace or wisdom, tells a horrifying and essentially nasty story of a woman who murders those who get in her way. Read full book review >

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JUST SAY NO! by Omar Tyree
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Clumsy and predictable."
Tedious, overwritten account of the rise and inevitable fall of an African-American musician. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A GROUPIE by Omar Tyree
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2003

"Hard to figure what the point of it all is. Meanwhile, Tyree's hopelessly schlocky style causes at least a couple of serious embarrassments per page."
A career groupie is hired to use her tried-and-true wiles for revenge on a suspected child molester. Read full book review >

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HONOR AND POLYGAMY by Omar Farhad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2014

"A slight, breezy novel with a promising premise and poor execution."
In this debut novel, a married American is kidnapped in Afghanistan and ends up falling in love with an Afghan woman. Read full book review >