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Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States
Lori M. Carlson (Editor)
0805076166
April 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 8 Up–As she did in Cool Salsa (Holt, 1994), Carlson assembles another impressive forum of poetic voices. In Spanish and English, the poets speak eloquently of themselves, how and where they live, their families, and their dreams for the future. Many of them are quite well known and a number were included in the earlier book: Gary Soto, Gina Valdés, Martín Espada, and Luis J. Rodríguez, among others. In this volume, Carlson has added a few poems by students in the New York City public school system: they, too, are excellent and thought-provoking. Ivette Álvarez, for example, issues a passionate plea in Invisible Boundaries to go beyond the stereotypes that/lock us down and judge us. Other poems will delight readers with their delicate play of language,...


Mr. Ives' Christmas
Oscar Hijuelos
0060927542
September 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The signal event of this novel?the shooting of the protagonist's son?is announced early, and the rest of the book is imbued with a melancholy only occasionally illuminated by spiritual revelation or insight. Edward Ives is a foundling, adopted by a widowed print shop manager and raised uneventfully in an idyllic?though Depression-era?New York City of egg creams, stickball and melting-pot color. Ives's dark looks and his father's long history of working amiably with Cuban pressmen incline him toward a sympathy with Hispanics and their culture, which conveniently anchors Hijuelos in a world he knows well. As a child, Ives shows a penchant for drawing, and he meets his future wife, Annie MacGuire, in a class at the Art Students League. Their first child, Robert (or Roberto), born in 1950, is murdered at age 17 on...


Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States
Lori Marie M. Carlson (Editor)
0805031359
July 1994
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As hot as jalapenos and as cool as jazz, this collection serves up "ingles con chile" and Spanish that "you feel in the blood of your soul." Lyrical, traditional poems share space with street-smart free verse, and works by the likes of Sandra Cisneros and Gary Soto are juxtaposed with entries from lesser-knowns. Illustrating the "beat and pulse" of generations of U.S. writers of Latin American heritage, the poems are presented both in the original and in translation; poems making use of both languages are easily accessible to English-only readers by virtue of an appended glossary of Spanish terms. In his introduction, Hijuelos ( The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love ) focuses on the "unrelenting, unending sense of second classness" that his parents experienced as Cuban emigrants and explains how this "sense"...


Una Sencilla Melodia Habanera
Oscar Hijuelos
0060543531
June 2003
(Paperback) - Spanish
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Book Description

Corre el año 1947, e Israel Levis -- un compositor cubano cuya vida había sido un ensueño de música, amor y tristeza -- regresa a Cuba después de haber sido equivocadamente encarcelado durante la ocupación nazista de Francia.

Cuando Levis regresa a La Habana, su mente vuelve al pasado al recordar su amor no correspondido por la hechizante Rita Valladares, una cantante para quien Levis había escrito su canción más famosa, "Rosas Puras." Esta composición que data de 1928, se convirtió en la rumba más célebre del mundo, y cambió para siempre el gusto por la música y el baile.

Una historia de amor por el arte, la familia y la patria, Una Sen-cilla Melodía Habanera es una actuación de virtuosismo por parte de uno de nuestros...



Our House in the Last World
Oscar Hijuelos
0892552832
August 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The chaotic experience of Cubans transplanted to New York City throbs through the narrator's voice in this debut novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love . "Elegiac as well as bittersweet and celebratory, the lusty tone of this novel compensates for its erratic structure," stated PW. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Library Journal
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist launched his career with this 1983 title. The autobiographical work is the coming-of-age story of Hector Santino. Born in New York City to Cuban immigrants, Hector learns about his parent's native country and his heritage through their stories. This edition contains a new introduction and...


A Simple Habana Melody
Oscar Hijuelos
006009480X
June 2002
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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Book Review
Oscar Hijuelos's sixth novel, A Simple Habana Melody, is as much a love song to prewar Cuba as the "simple melody" at the center of the book. That tune, named "Roses Puras," was written by Hijuelos's protagonist, the aging composer Israel Levis, in the 1920s for his protégé and secret love, the singer Rita Valladares. The novel is set just after World War II, when Levis has returned to his childhood home in Havana after many years in Europe, at first in Paris, then in Buchenwald, where he was interned by Nazis who ignored the crucifix around his neck and focused only on his Sephardic name. The bittersweet feelings Levis bears toward "Rosas Puras" ("Beautiful Roses"), his best-known song, were further complicated when a German officer, who had gathered some musically gifted inmates for a concert, asked him to play...


Cool Salsa
Lori M. Carlson (Editor)
044970436X
April 1995
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As hot as jalapenos and as cool as jazz, this collection serves up "ingles con chile" and Spanish that "you feel in the blood of your soul." Lyrical, traditional poems share space with street-smart free verse, and works by the likes of Sandra Cisneros and Gary Soto are juxtaposed with entries from lesser-knowns. Illustrating the "beat and pulse" of generations of U.S. writers of Latin American heritage, the poems are presented both in the original and in translation; poems making use of both languages are easily accessible to English-only readers by virtue of an appended glossary of Spanish terms. In his introduction, Hijuelos ( The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love ) focuses on the "unrelenting, unending sense of second classness" that his parents experienced as Cuban emigrants and explains how this "sense"...


The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Oscar Hijuelos
0060845309
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Inspired by their heroes Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnaz, brothers Cesar and Nestor Castillo come to New York City from Cuba in 1949 with designs on becoming mambo stars. Eventually they do--performing with Arnaz on "I Love Lucy" in 1955 and recording 78s with their own band, the Mambo Kings. In his second novel, Hijuelos traces the lives of the flashy, guitar-strumming Cesar and the timid, lovelorn Nestor as they cruise the East Coast club circuit in a flamingo-pink bus. Enriching the story are the brothers' friends and family members--all driven by their own private dreams. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
The Mambo Kings are two brothers, Cesar and Nestor...


Empress of the Splendid Season
Oscar Hijuelos
0060928700
December 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
The collision of Cuban dreams with sometimes harsh American realities has been Oscar Hijuelos's great theme, most notably in Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Certainly it's at the heart of his fifth novel, Empress of the Splendid Season, which chronicles the trials, tribulations, and infrequent triumphs of a Cuban American clan over the course of a half century. The protagonist, Lydia Espana, has grown up in pre-Castro Cuba, the pampered daughter of a prosperous businessman. But when she has the audacity to violate her father's small-town code of conduct--by sleeping with an itinerant musician--she pays a terrible penalty: "Her family, turning unfairly against her with a nearly Biblical wrath, had banished her, unprepared to contend with an indifferent world."

Where is Lydia banished to? New York, of course. And in this...



A Simple Habana Melody: (from when the world was good)
Oscar Hijuelos
0060175699
June 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Oscar Hijuelos's sixth novel, A Simple Habana Melody, is as much a love song to prewar Cuba as the "simple melody" at the center of the book. That tune, named "Roses Puras," was written by Hijuelos's protagonist, the aging composer Israel Levis, in the 1920s for his protégé and secret love, the singer Rita Valladares. The novel is set just after World War II, when Levis has returned to his childhood home in Havana after many years in Europe, at first in Paris, then in Buchenwald, where he was interned by Nazis who ignored the crucifix around his neck and focused only on his Sephardic name. The bittersweet feelings Levis bears toward "Rosas Puras" ("Beautiful Roses"), his best-known song, were further complicated when a German officer, who had gathered some musically gifted inmates for a concert, asked him to play...


A Simple Habana Melody
Oscar Hijuelos
0060928697
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Oscar Hijuelos's sixth novel, A Simple Habana Melody, is as much a love song to prewar Cuba as the "simple melody" at the center of the book. That tune, named "Roses Puras," was written by Hijuelos's protagonist, the aging composer Israel Levis, in the 1920s for his protégé and secret love, the singer Rita Valladares. The novel is set just after World War II, when Levis has returned to his childhood home in Havana after many years in Europe, at first in Paris, then in Buchenwald, where he was interned by Nazis who ignored the crucifix around his neck and focused only on his Sephardic name. The bittersweet feelings Levis bears toward "Rosas Puras" ("Beautiful Roses"), his best-known song, were further complicated when a German officer, who had gathered some musically gifted inmates for a concert, asked him to play...


The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien
Oscar Hijuelos
0060975946
August 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Hijuelos's Irish-Cuban saga. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
Hijuelos, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love , has written a beautiful pastorale, loosely based on the idea of the limited text implied by photographs, in which the lives of 17 characters are developed. From the early 1900s to the 1980s, the Montez O'Brien family lives in a small town in Pennsylvania. As the title suggests, the family consists of an Irish father, Cuban mother, 14 daughters, and one son. Hijuelos interweaves their individual lives and loves, as in a family photo album, but reserves the fullest treatment for the eldest daughter, mother, father, and...


Los Reyes del Mambo tocan canciones de amor
Oscar Hijuelos
0060952148
November 1996
Paperback
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People
"Una obra como un mambo exuberante y achispado bailado hasta la madrugada, sobre músicos cubanos en lugares extraños como Nueva York."

Book Description

1949. Dos jóvenes cubanos músicos salen de la Habana y llegan al gran teatro de Nueva York. Es la temporada del mambo, y los hermanos Castillo, quienes trabajan duro durante el día, pronto se convierten en las estrellas de la noche en las salas de baile donde que su orquesta toca la música sensual y vibrante que les gana el título de Los Reyes del Mambo. Esta es su juventud -- una época que treinta años después, recordarán con nostalgia y afecto. En Los Reyes del Mambo Tocan Canciones de Amor, Oscar Hijuelos crea una obra rica y fascinante sobre la pasión y la...



Iguana Dreams
Delia Poey
0060969172
Sept 1992
Paperback
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