Search Results: "Yxta Maya Murray"


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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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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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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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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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THE TELL-TALE TARTE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Cooking tips and Poe lore help move the mundane mystery along to a satisfying if not surprising conclusion."
A job as an author's stand-in puts a sleuth in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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SCAM CHOWDER by Maya Corrigan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 30, 2015

"The appended five-ingredient recipes vie for pride of place with the simple mystery."
A good cook makes an even better detective when her grandfather is suspected of murder. Read full book review >

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FINAL FONDUE by Maya Corrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Corrigan keeps her simple mixture of pleasant characters, murder, and recipes in the oven just a little too long to be truly tasty."
Paying guests are a major headache for a small-town cook and her grandfather. Read full book review >

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SISTERS OF THE SWORD by Maya Snow
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

"The fact that the girls' mother and brother, would-be heir Moriyasu, remain at large lays the groundwork for a sequel. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
"Blows rained on innocent heads. And blood flowed, splashing walls with gory crimson." Read full book review >

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A SONG FLUNG UP TO HEAVEN by Maya Angelou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2002

"Alternately elegiac, meditative, and humorous, a book to savor and remember."
The distinguished poet and playwright brings her six-volume cycle of memoirs to a close. Read full book review >

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AND STILL I RISE by Maya Angelou
Released: Oct. 2, 1978

"However, through her use of music and direct, uninhibited statement, she has written a distinctive and energetic volume."
In her third volume of poems, Maya Angelou proves once again that audacity can pay off. Read full book review >