Search Results: "Sonia Soto"


BOOK REVIEW

MY BELOVED WORLD by Sonia Sotomayor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Mature, life-affirmative musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride."
Graceful, authoritative memoir from the country's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. Read full book review >

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THE WIND FROM THE EAST by Almudena Grandes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Grandes's serenely composed, ponderous work celebrates the healing power of friendship. It's long-running, but ultimately satisfying."
A sinuous saga by Spanish novelist Grandes (The Ages of Lulu, 1994, etc.) pursues a tangle of apartment-house relationships in an Andalusian seaside town. 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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THE CLUB DUMAS by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Bibliophiles will love this witty and clever fabrication, though its very specialized content may place it just outside the range of the general reader."
An intricate and very bookish mystery novel—set, in fact, in the rarefied world of book collecting and dealing—from the sophisticated Spanish author of The Flanders Panel (1994, not reviewed). 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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THE ATHENIAN MURDERS by Jose Carlos Somoza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Good thing, since mystery fans should be warned that Somoza is more interested in metaphysical questions and literary subtleties than traditional storytelling."
A footnote opens this playful postmodern mystery, set in ancient Greece and in the tortured mind of its fictional translator; that is, the first chapter heading carries a note in which said translator mentions a few of his dilemmas in reconstructing and translating the original Greek text, "The Cave of Ideas, written by Philotextus of Cheronnese." Read full book review >

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THE AFTERLIFE by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Soto writes with a touch as light as Chuy's ghost and with humor, wonderment, and a generosity toward life. (Fiction. 12+)"
Seventeen-year-old Chuy dies in the opening scene of this view from beyond; thereafter the story is told by his ghost, "invisible and touchable as light." Read full book review >

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CRAZY WEEKEND by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Spanish-English glossary. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh-graders Hector and Mando are spending a weekend with Hector's uncle in Fresno, California. Read full book review >

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LOCAL NEWS by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Also as usual, the narrative is sprinkled with Spanish words and idioms, defined at the back- -excellent flavoring but, for many, extra work. (Short Stories. 10-13)"
The author of Baseball in April (1990) offers 13 more domestic reversals of fortune. Read full book review >

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TAKING SIDES by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Nonetheless, a fine, useful contribution. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lincoln Mendoza, 12, has felt in limbo ever since moving from San Francisco's Mission District barrio to neat, tree-lined Sycamore—a feeling exacerbated by a game his basketball team is going to play against his former team. Read full book review >

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HEY, 13! by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"If young males can get past the cover, this collection is good for all reluctant readers. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Soto's latest short-story collection offers readers glimpses into the daily lives of young teens. Read full book review >

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PACIFIC CROSSING by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A pleasant, easygoing story about sharing cultures, like David Klass's Breakaway Run (1987) but without the complication of a stressful family situation. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Lincoln Mendoza makes new friends when he flies to Japan as part of a summer exchange program. Read full book review >