Search Results: "Sonia Sotomayor"


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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 GOODNESS GENE by Sonia Levitin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Still, teen readers will enjoy teasing out the historical parallels and wondering 'what if,' making this an excellent choice for book discussions. (Science fiction. YA)"
A didactic dystopia ponders big issues: nature versus nurture, and the existence of souls. Read full book review >

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ANTIQUITY STREET by Sonia Rami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Despite the claim, this is no competition to Lawrence Durrell's still peerless Alexandria Quartet."
Life in Cairo and Alexandria is vividly evoked in this first novel from Egyptian writer Rami—but not vividly enough to compensate for an improbable protagonist and a theme that, in trying to mean so much, doesn't mean much at all. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"This portrait of poverty and family ties has the potential to reshape American conversations about immigration."
An expanded version of Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, originally published in the Los Angeles Times, about the harrowing journey hopeful immigrants take from Central America through Mexico into the U.S. Read full book review >

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PANDEMIC by Sonia Shah
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This is not fun reading, but it's necessary—one can only hope that it drives more effective surveillance and rapid response to tomorrow's plagues."
Vibrio cholerae was once a species of marine bacteria attached to some plankton in the coastal wetlands of the Bay of Bengal. In grim detail, science journalist Shah (The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years, 2010, etc.) demonstrates how it became the global source of horrendous deaths and how the story of cholera is paradigmatic of how pandemics happen. Read full book review >

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GHOSTLIGHT by Sonia Gensler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Frightening and engrossing. (Horror. 10-14)"
A preteen girl and her newfound friend investigate paranormal activity on her grandmother's farm. Read full book review >

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THE REVENANT by Sonia Gensler
FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"While Willie's personal story and the school mystery don't always mesh, the well-drawn characters and suspenseful plot should keep readers fully engaged. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
When her mother insists she leave boarding school and come home, Willie, 17—a teen rebel à la 1896—assumes the identity of another student who's decided to decline a teaching position at the Cherokee Female Seminary. Read full book review >

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CLEM’S CHANCES by Sonia Levitin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While the end is predictable, those who like to read about the Westward Movement will enjoy the journey. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this episodic historical novel, Clem Fontayne's chances of success seem slim when he leaves Missouri in 1860 to seek his father in California. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 1992

"Taitz's descriptions of her own children and her feelings for them, however, would play anywhere—they are touching, sincere, endearingly besotted in a way all mothers will recognize."
Taitz, a columnist for Child magazine, offers an uneven collection of short essays loosely linked by the theme of learning both to resist the hype that modern parents are bombarded with and to trust your own instincts in raising your children. Read full book review >

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GODDESS FOR HIRE by Sonia Singh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Witless and lame debut."
An "ethnic chick-lit" entry about a southern California Indo-American woman, who turns out to be the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, reads like a dumbed-down episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"Gritty, gripping and often heartbreaking—an impressive piece of narrative nonfiction."
A harsh, cinematic look at the international sex trade. Read full book review >