Search Results: "Oscar Hammerstein"


BOOK REVIEW

A REAL NICE CLAMBAKE by Oscar Hammerstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Not really necessary, but fun. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
A New England tradition is celebrated in a lengthy song from Carousel (1945), with the sort of imaginative lyrics and lusty melody that made the old-time Broadway musical a legend. Read full book review >

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TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"This book is good news for Hijuelos fans, but considering its flaws, it's tantalizing to think of what it would have been like if the author had managed to finish it himself."
Posthumous publication of an ambitious, atypical historical novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Read full book review >

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AMIGOLAND by Oscar Casares
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2009

"Knowing, touching and true."
This exceptional first novel from Casares (Stories: Brownsville, 2002) chronicles a Mexican-American road trip. Read full book review >

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EMPRESS OF THE SPLENDID SEASON by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 1999

"Sturdy truths and honest humanity in another look at life † la Hijuelos. (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Pulitzer-winner Hijuelos (Mr. Ives— Christmas, 1995, etc.) offers up a slow-moving but sometimes poignant slice-of-lifer about a Cuban-American family from the 1940s onward. Read full book review >

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MR. IVES' CHRISTMAS by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Hijuelos shows himself this time to be that vanishing, valuable thing: a writer, even if not uniformly polished, whose passions can make art out of what for others would remain only issues. (Book-of-the-Month selection; author tour)"
Pulitzer-winning Hijuelos's fourth sails close to the shoals of sentiment but remains an honest, moving account of a man, his family, and the changing city they live in. Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL MARÍA OF MY SOUL by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"More than worth the wait."
A sequel to The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989) that sings with the sweet sensuality of its predecessor. Read full book review >

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DARK DUDE by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Even so, young readers will genuinely care about Rico and be carried along on his journey of discovery. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Rico Fuentes, who refers to himself as the "palest Cubano who ever existed on the planet," feels impelled by circumstances involving drugs, truancy and family to flee Harlem for Wisconsin; it's the 1960s and his good friend Roberto, a lottery winner, is attending college and has rented a farm nearby. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF LIFE AND SEX by Oscar Moore
Released: July 1, 1992

"With its graphic, lurid sexuality, not for the squeamish—but devastatingly frank in probing gay experience and the vacuity of middle-class family life."
A relentless, grimly detailed debut from British journalist Moore, who chronicles the wild, free-wheeling existence of a lusty gay lad in London who lives fast and dies young, stopped in his prime by AIDS. Read full book review >

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BROWNSVILLE by Oscar Casares
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2002

"Honor amid poverty from a still-growing voice."
Texan Casares debuts with nine stories about economic hardship and emotional resourcefulness in a cross-cultural zone straddling the US-Mexico border. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTEEN SISTERS OF EMILIO MONTEZ O'BRIEN by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"Fat but flat."
Hijuelos's fluency—whether seamlessly singing the sad ballad of a family harrowed by madness and displacement in his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1985), or the slightly happier, warmer, more infectious up-tempo one of the Pulitzer-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989)—is his signature, and here he gives it a very, very long solo in a family chronicle that follows a huge Irish-Cuban family across the span of a century. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY PRINCE by Oscar Wilde
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Ray's paintings—sometimes baroque and glittering with gold, other times stiff Egyptian vistas, still other times bleak, Dickensian scenes—are transporting. (Picture book. 4+)"
Ray takes inspiration from the well-known fairytale, wherein a prince is raised in splendid, protective surroundings. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"Stavans does service to Acosta's memory and to Chicano literature, with this collection."
The Brown Buffalo bellows from beyond the grave—and the roar resounds. Read full book review >