Search Results: "Ralph da Costa Nunez"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 2013

"An engaging historical study of New York City poverty."
An enlightening, comprehensive account of family poverty throughout New York City's history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A first-rate account of a little-known episode that had large consequences for Britain and for the world: careful, professional scholarship married to a well-told story."
An engrossing history of an obscure incident: the 1823 mass uprising of slaves in the South American British colony of Demerara (present-day Guyana). Read full book review >

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HANUKKAH MOON by Deborah da Costa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

This Hanukkah, Isobel stays with her Mexican Aunt Luisa and discovers a new way to celebrate the festival of the lights. Read full book review >

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SNOW IN JERUSALEM by Deborah da Costa
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Development, human and feline, is nicely characterized. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
In an innocuous, basically uninteresting story, two boys who are citizens of Jerusalem, an Israeli-Arab and an Israeli-Jew, discover that they've been caring for the same cat in their respective neighborhoods. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2001

"It seems that the reason for the adaptation is primarily for length—although it's unlikely that the missing hundred pages would have made the difference between a young person deciding to read this or not. (Autobiography. 10-15)"
Adapted from his work published for adults, Colors of the Mountain (1999), this autobiography of a landlord's son growing up as a pariah in his village in the '60s is gripping and funny. Read full book review >

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SALVATION CITY by Sigrid Nunez
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 16, 2010

"Class, not cure, is Nunez's preoccupation, and she handles it with fine-tuned irony and no small measure of profundity."
An adolescent orphan finds a home with an evangelical Christian community after his parents perish in an influenza pandemic, in the latest from Nunez (The Last of Her Kind, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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BROTHERS by Da Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"Often melodramatic, but Da Chen's sweeping tale, reminiscent of Zhang Yimou's film To Live, successfully transports Chinese conventions into English to recount the agony of history."
From Shaolin to the sugarloaf mountains of Gwangdong to Tiananmen Square and the skyscrapers of New York: an epic novel that neatly distills modern Chinese history. Read full book review >

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PROSPERO’S DAUGHTER by Elizabeth Nunez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"Simply wonderful."
Exquisite retelling of The Tempest, set in a leper colony off the coast of Trinidad in 1961. Read full book review >

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WANDERING WARRIOR by Da Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

One assumes that this story was pitched at an acquisitions meeting as "Harry Potter meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Read full book review >

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COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN by Da Chen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Chen's memoir displays an unusual and remarkable insight into Chinese life, and into the resilience of the human spirit. (Author tour)"
A moving evocation of life in a remote village in China in the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >

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SWORD by Da Chen
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Fans of Asian martial-arts movies and manga will be satisfied and eager for the second volume, due in the fall. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
In the China of the Cultural Revolution, Ar Kin returns to his village after years spent in prison for speaking out against Communism, bringing with him a library of forbidden books and a head full of forbidden tales. Read full book review >