Search Results: "Yxta Maya Murray"


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FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"This may not be great literature, but it holds strong appeal for teens who can't get enough street lit. (Fiction. YA)"
On the day Michelle Peña wins in the qualifying rounds for All-American track and earns a spot on her school's academic decathlon team, she and her best friend, Kiki, are kidnapped. Read full book review >

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THE CONQUEST by Yxta Maya Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"A fluid and genuinely interesting story badly weighed down by leaden prose ('If I prove my hypothesis I will be as clever as any necromancer, for all the dark women of history have lost their tongues') and a thoroughly hackneyed view of Latin American history."
Another ponderous and trendy novel from Murray (What It Takes to Get to Vegas, 1999, etc.), this one about a museum curator's search for the identity of a 16th-century memoirist. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN JADE by Yxta Maya Murray
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Fiery beauties and rakish hunks can't enliven this overblown melodrama."
Meticulously researched backstory and excess verbiage too often trump adventure in Murray's fourth effort (The Conquest, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHAT IT TAKES TO GET TO VEGAS by Yxta Maya Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Readable and intelligent, though this writer of promise and ferocious energy needs to scrutinize her subject matter a little more deeply."
Men will break your heart, but sisterhood is powerful in this uneven but arresting second novel by the author of Locas (1997). Read full book review >

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MAYA by Mahak Jain
Kirkus Star
by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2016

"Jain and MacKay's story and art work seamlessly to convey an important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A young girl and her mother soothe themselves to sleep during a power outage in modern urban India, despite how sorely they both miss Maya's dead Papa. Read full book review >

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LOCAS by Yxta Murray Murray
Released: May 1, 1997

"A female Scarface, this straightforward narrative charts the rise and fall of Latin gangsters on L.A.'s mean streets with considerable documentary fervor but not much depth. (Regional author tour)"
A deadly serious debut about Chicana girl gangs in Los Angeles that seems written with a sociology text in one hand, a slang dictionary in the other, and Geraldo on the tube. Read full book review >

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MAE MURRAY by Michael G. Ankerich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2012

"Will appeal to film buffs and readers interested in the rise and burnout of long-ago Hollywood stars."
An extensively researched look at the life of silent-movie star Mae Murray (1885-1965). Read full book review >

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JIM MURRAY by Jim Murray
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"An engaging potpourri from a perceptive observer."
Selective reminiscences from a Pulitzer-winning sports columnist that, though several bricks shy of an autobiographical load, offer a host of pleasures for fans of big-time athletics and celebrities—and of fine writing. Read full book review >

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MAYA ANGELOU by Lisbeth Kaiser
by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Leire Salaberria, translated by Raquel Pitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2016

"Stirring encouragement for all 'little people' with 'big dreams.' (Picture book/biography. 5-7)"
"There's nothing I can't be," young Maya thinks, and then shows, in this profile for newly independent readers, imported from Spain. Read full book review >

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Maya Rising by Melissa Roen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A vividly imagined but dark dystopian fantasy complete with passionate romance and dangerous alliances."
An intrepid pair has survived the apocalypse, but the worst is yet to come in Roen's sequel to Last Call for Caviar (2013). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 11, 2011

"A readable, detailed rendering of ancient Mayan life and how the glory of Palenque may have ended."
Palace intrigue reigns in the ancient Mayan city of Palenque in Wiseman's debut historical novel. Read full book review >