Search Results: "Rubén Martínez"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Less self-absorbed than Luis Alberto Urrea, less cynical than Charles Bowden, less otherly obsessed than William Vollmann—and right in the pocket, a necessary chronicle of a weird corner of America."
A savage journey into terror, cacti, drugs, desperation and all-around anomie in the superheated atmosphere of the desert Southwest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2001

"First-rate reporting on an important, controversial subject."
A thoughtful, politically charged narrative of travel in a little-known but much-discussed American subculture. Read full book review >

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THE BEAST by Óscar Martínez
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A harrowing look at the real costs of globalization, immigration and drug-prohibition politics, short on solutions and absent hope."
Grim, grisly account of the predations suffered by impoverished migrants on the hazardous journey to el Norte. Read full book review >

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MOTHER TONGUE by Demetria Martínez
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"Beautiful writing and astute commentary on identity, love, and El Salvadoran crises, wrapped cozy as a tamale with a maybe- happily-ever-after epilogue."
Poetry, politics, and no-holds-barred emotions burst from the tiny binding of a notable first novel by poet and activist Mart°nez (Turning, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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REGARDING RODERER by Guillermo Martínez
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"Here, however, the narrative and the reader trot along toward a conclusion both can envision too early and too clearly."
A stiff, predictable treatment of a subject that's anything but. Read full book review >

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SANTA EVITA by Tomás Eloy Martínez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"In any case, Martínez's novel is overlong, hectic, and something of a chore to get through."
Ingenious but exhausting fiction—essentially a continuation of Martínez's The Perón Novel (1988)— that examines the mercurial and enigmatic figure of Evita, the ``poverty-stricken second-rate actress'' who became both heroine and saint to Argentina's populace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"While the statistical information will soon overwhelm nonacademics, this is a timely and important subject."
An analysis of the acculturation patterns and future prospects of children within key ethnic groups living in the San Diego and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale areas. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF MURDER by Guillermo Martínez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"Martínez (The Oxford Murders, 2005, etc.) crafts a page-turner in which eminently believable obsession and paranoia drive dangerous behavior."
A writer becomes the reluctant arbiter in a real-life game of mortal combat. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

For chapter-book readers, an accessible and informative illustrated biography of the winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, tracing Mench£'s hard life from birth in a remote Mayan village in the mountains of Guatemala to the present. Read full book review >

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THE OXFORD MURDERS by Guillermo Martínez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

"Soft-spoken, smart and satisfying."
An elegant, fashionable, award-winning novel mixes murder with modern mathematical theory. Read full book review >

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A CRACK IN THE WALL by Mary Elizabeth Haggerty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Overall, nice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mama says that once she finds a job they'll move to a better place; meanwhile, in their seedy interim apartment, there's a large crack that scares Carlos, particularly when it's lit up by cars at night. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Beautifully drawn and quietly evocative. (glossary, timeline, author biography, translations of Chinese characters, maps) (Graphic memoir. 9-12)"
A striking glimpse into Chinese girlhood during the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >