Search Results: "Susana Martinez-Conde"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Entertaining."
With the assistance of New York Times contributor Blakeslee (co-author: The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, 2007, etc.), neuroscientists Macknik and Martinez-Conde probe the neurological features at work in the magician's craft. Read full book review >

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PHILOSOPHICAL TOYS by Susana Medina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"This novel's headiness might seem daunting, but readers who take a patient approach will find a deeply rewarding and often haunting narrative emerge."
Family histories, cinematic obsessions, fractured relationships, and the films of Luis Buñuel converge in this pensive novel set in London and Spain. Read full book review >

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I, TITUBA, BLACK WITCH OF SALEM by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Tituba deserves better."
Caribbean-born CondÇ (Segu, 1987; The Children of Segu, 1989; and see below) gives questionable life to Tituba, one of the accused and subsequently released witches of Salem, in a novel of some conflicting purpose. Read full book review >

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TREE OF LIFE by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1992

"Still, a very readable story of an unfamiliar territory."
An impressionistic saga from CondÇ (see above)—the story of a Caribbean family whose history is as much their own as it is their native island's. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR ROBERT CAPA by Susana Fortes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Flawed but striking, this short novel shines a light on artists in times of love and war."
Love and photography bring two young exiles together in this based-on-fact real-life tragic romance. Read full book review >

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LAND OF MANY COLORS and NANNA-YA by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Both stories display narrative vigor and structural subtlety, but are argumentative and accusatory to a degree that severely limits their success in fictional terms."
Two early (1985) novellas by the Guadeloupian author of The Children of Segu (1989) and other fiction explicitly devoted to the struggles of Third World populations against their colonizers and oppressors. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE CANNIBAL WOMAN by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Condé's flair for sensual detail—Cape Town streetscapes, heady black coffee—and her wry cynicism offset flabby plotting."
Caribbean painter reels from the aftermath of her lover's murder in Cape Town, South Africa, in this retread of Condé's usual themes: racial alienation and women's struggles for autonomy (Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Former child violin prodigy Martinez brings this overwrought world to tense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliant debut. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Grammy-winning, world-touring violinist Carmen Bianchi, 17, has outgrown child-prodigy status. To transition to an adult career as a virtuoso soloist, she must win the Guarneri Competition. If she loses, she'll be just another former prodigy. Read full book review >

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PARROT IN THE OVEN by Victor Martinez
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"The picture Manny paints of his world is not a pretty one, but it is unusually vibrant. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A whirlwind of surprising similes and inventive turns of phrase colorfully frame this grim, ultimately tender story, subtitled ``Mi Vida,'' about a young Chicano getting his priorities straight. Read full book review >

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MOST WANTED by Michele Martinez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"First-timer (and former federal prosecutor) Martinez stokes reader interest with a large, attractive cast, though she could use more subtlety in both writing and plotting."
A young federal prosecutor snags the most important case of her career just as her personal life threatens to spin out of control. Read full book review >

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COVER-UP by Michele Martinez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2007

"The dialogue is clunky in places and Vargas's role in the case seems implausible, but this fast-paced, suspenseful chick-lit thriller combines sexy romance with enough action to keep readers engaged."
A feisty female federal prosecutor pursues the brutal killer of a beautiful muckraking television journalist while at the same time balancing her growing feelings for a hunky FBI agent. Read full book review >