Search Results: "Stephen Lytle"


BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE LIKE US by Javier Valdez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"Rather painful."
Six glum stories of brutality laced with erotica make up Valdés's first collection to appear in English. Read full book review >

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THE DARK BRIDE by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Lushly imagined but filled with clichés: basically another 'prostitute with a heart of gold' story, tarted up with references to Fellini and pretentious pronouncements about love."
Colombian Restrepo (Leopard in the Sun, 1999, etc.) offers a romantic concoction about a community of prostitutes (putas) servicing workers from the oil fields. Read full book review >

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LEOPARD IN THE SUN by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Leopard In The Sun ($23.00; Sept. 1; 256 pp.; 0-609-60386-8): A yeasty melodrama, first published in 1993, about the violent underpinnings of her country's thriving drug trade, by the Colombian author of The Angel of Galilea (1998). Read full book review >

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SIRENA SELENA by Mayra Santos-Febres
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Beautifully conceived and structured, and very entertaining."
This impishly sensual novel is an often hilarious anatomy of gender confusion, set in the Dominican Republic, and reminiscent of the classic silent film The Blue Angel. Read full book review >

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Chicken Stock by Leslie Lytle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2015

"A compelling, sensitive contribution to the agriculture debate in the U.S."
After the sudden loss of her husband, a woman struggles to keep her farm, and spirits, afloat in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE PALACE OF TEARS by Alev Lytle Croutier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2000

"An authentic entertainment, even if we don't believe a word of it."
This lush first novel by a successful filmmaker, scriptwriter (Tell Me a Riddle), and nonfiction author (Harem: The World Behind the Veil, 1989), based on an often retold Croutier family story, is a tale of romantic obsession set against the background of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1868. Read full book review >

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SEVEN HOUSES by Alev Lytle Croutier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"In spite of all the color and pretty prose: a dull and underdeveloped saga."
Noted scriptwriter and second-novelist Croutier (The Palace of Tears, 2000) details the fall of a once-powerful family as Turkey changes from a backwater to a country allied with the West: a tale more loving ode to the past than gripping narrative. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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THE THREE TRICERATOPS TUFF by Stephen Shaskan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Dino lovers will be charmed; others may want to stick with the more traditional goats, like those of Mary Finch's 2001 title. (Fractured fairy tale. 3-7)"
This version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" will satisfy dinosaur lovers who just cannot get their fill of their favorite prehistoric beasts. Read full book review >

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MAL AND CHAD by Stephen McCranie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Some readers will come for the heartbreak, others will come for the forest of cupcake trees, but everyone will be cheered by the happy ending, which involves the 'biggest, bestest bark ever!' (Graphic novel. 8-11)"
There are some literary characters you wish were real, so that you could be friends with them, and Mal and Chad may belong on that list. Read full book review >

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WHERE'S WALRUS? by Stephen  Savage
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Refreshing, captivating, elegant and witty. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's another slow day at the zoo—not. Read full book review >

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A DOG IS A DOG by Stephen Shaskan
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Young animal lovers are in for a treat. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A quirky quartet of amusing animals. Read full book review >