The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2017-03-07
ISBN 10: 0544583523
ISBN 13: 9780544583528
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Book Review:

A “mesmerizing, poetic exploration of family, friendship, love and loss” from the acclaimed author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. (New York Times Book Review) Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publsiher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2018-10-23
ISBN 10: 9781328498021
ISBN 13: 1328498026
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Book Review:

A "mesmerizing, poetic exploration of family, friendship, love and loss" from the acclaimed author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. (New York Times Book Review) Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2017-11-30
ISBN 10: 1471171043
ISBN 13: 9781471171048
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Book Review:

A warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging, infused with humour, from the bestselling author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? 'Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love – this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!' Margarita Engle, author of The Surrender Tree ‘… another stellar, gentle look into the emotional lives of teens on the cusp of adulthood’ Kirkus Reviews Praise for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: ‘… a smart, intelligent, engaging coming-of-age story and a deep, thoughtful exploration of identity and sexuality’ The Book Smugglers ‘Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships’ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

He Forgot to Say Goodbye
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2008-06-17
ISBN 10: 1416974946
ISBN 13: 9781416974949
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

He Forgot to Say Goodbye Book Review:

"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one." Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt. San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 359
Release: 2012-02-21
ISBN 10: 1442408928
ISBN 13: 9781442408920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Book Review:

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents and his family that he has never asked before.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publsiher: Cinco Puntos Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-09-01
ISBN 10: 9781933693798
ISBN 13: 1933693797
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Last Night I Sang to the Monster Book Review:

"Sáenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel. . . . It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens."—Kirkus Reviews "…There is never a question of either Sáenz’s own extraordinary capacity for caring and compassion or the authenticity of the experiences he records in this heartfelt account of healing and hope."—Booklist "Offering insight into [an adolescent's] addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz's artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten."—Publishers Weekly "Sáenz weaves together [18-year-old] Zach's past, present, and changing disposition toward his future with stylistic grace and emotional insight. This is a powerful and edifying look into both a tortured psyche and the methods by which it can be healed."—School Library Journal Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what's up with that? I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people's hearts he writes Happy and on some people's hearts he writes Sad and on some people's hearts he writes Crazy on some people's hearts he writes Genius and on some people's hearts he writes Angry and on some people's hearts he writes Winner and on some people's hearts he writes Loser. It's all like a game to him. Him. God. And it's all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote. I don't like God very much. Apparently he doesn't like me very much either. Sad Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a prolific novelist, poet, and author of children's books. Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, his first novel for young adults, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Young Adult Library Services Association Top Ten Books for Young Adults pick in 2005.

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood
Author: Benjamin Alire S‡enz
Publsiher: Cinco Puntos Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-05-10
ISBN 10: 1933693991
ISBN 13: 9781933693996
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood Book Review:

As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of "gringo" racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, barrio violence, and poverty.

Everything Begins Ends at the Kentucky Club

Everything Begins   Ends at the Kentucky Club
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publsiher: Cinco Puntos Press
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 1935955322
ISBN 13: 9781935955320
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Everything Begins Ends at the Kentucky Club Book Review:

Presents a collection of short stories about contradiction and conflict in the lives of those who reside on the border lands around the Rio Grande.

The Porcupine of Truth

The Porcupine of Truth
Author: Bill Konigsberg
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-05-26
ISBN 10: 0545648947
ISBN 13: 9780545648943
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Porcupine of Truth Book Review:

The author of Openly Straight returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the Porcupine of Truth

The Book of what Remains

The Book of what Remains
Author: Benjamin Alire S‡enz
Publsiher: Copper Canyon Press
Total Pages: 125
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 1556592973
ISBN 13: 9781556592973
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of what Remains Book Review:

Presents a collection of poems focusing on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Almost Adulting

Almost Adulting
Author: Arden Rose
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-03-28
ISBN 10: 0062574124
ISBN 13: 9780062574121
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Almost Adulting Book Review:

For fans of Grace Helbig and Alexa Chung comes a fresh, hilarious guide to growing up your way from social media influencer and lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose. In Almost Adulting—perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies—Arden tells you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include: Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers Flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer Being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person??????? Eating enough protein Assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars Going on adventures without starting to smell How sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though By the end of the book—a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork—you'll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult.

Splinters Are Children of Wood

Splinters Are Children of Wood
Author: Leia Penina Wilson
Publsiher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Total Pages: 126
Release: 2019-09-30
ISBN 10: 0268106193
ISBN 13: 9780268106195
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Splinters Are Children of Wood Book Review:

The wildly unrestrained poems in Splinters Are Children of Wood, Leia Penina Wilson's second collection and winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, pose an increasingly desperate question about what it means to be a girl, the ways girls are shaped by the world, as well as the role myth plays in this coming of age quest. Wilson, an afakasi Samoan poet, divides the book into three sections, linking the poems in each section by titles. In this way the poems act as a continuous song, an ode, or a lament revivifying a narrative that refuses to adopt a storyline. Samoan myths and Western stories punctuate this volume in a search to reconcile identity and education. The lyrical declaration is at once an admiration of love and self-loathing. She kills herself. Resurrects herself. Kills herself again. She is also killed by the world. Resurrected. Killed again. These poems map displacement, discontent, and an increasing suspicion of the world itself, or the ways people learn the world. Drawing on the work of Bhanu Kapil, Anne Waldman, Alice Notley, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Wilson's poems reveal familiarity and strangeness, invocation and accusation. Both ritual and ruination, the poems return again and again to desire, myth, the sacred, and body

The Last Cigarette on Earth

The Last Cigarette on Earth
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2017-06-13
ISBN 10: 9781941026656
ISBN 13: 1941026656
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Cigarette on Earth Book Review:

A gay Latino's intimate journey through addiction, human desire and broken love.

Breaking Through

Breaking Through
Author: Francisco Jiménez
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2002-10-01
ISBN 10: 9780547349824
ISBN 13: 0547349823
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Breaking Through Book Review:

At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow during the late 1950s-early 1960s, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their good-heartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving, Pura Belpré Honor-winning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth.

Darius the Great Deserves Better

Darius the Great Deserves Better
Author: Adib Khorram
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-08-25
ISBN 10: 0593108248
ISBN 13: 9780593108246
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Darius the Great Deserves Better Book Review:

In this companion to the award-winning Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Darius suddenly has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot on the soccer team. It's everything he's ever wanted--but what if he deserves better? Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran, a lot has changed. He's getting along with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is only a Skype call away. Between his first boyfriend, Landon, varsity soccer practices, and an internship at his favorite tea shop, things are falling into place. Then, of course, everything changes. Darius's grandmothers are in town for a long visit, and Darius can't tell whether they even like him. The internship is not going according to plan, Sohrab isn't answering Darius's calls, and Dad is far away on business. And Darius is sure he really likes Landon . . . but he's also been hanging out with Chip Cusumano, former bully and current soccer teammate--and well, maybe he's not so sure about anything after all. Darius was just starting to feel okay, like he finally knew what it meant to be Darius Kellner. But maybe okay isn't good enough. Maybe Darius deserves better.

Run Boy Run

Run  Boy  Run
Author: Uri Orlev
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2007-10-29
ISBN 10: 9780547530994
ISBN 13: 0547530994
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Run Boy Run Book Review:

“'Srulik, there’s no time. I want you to remember what I’m going to tell you. You have to stay alive. You have to! Get someone to teach you how to act like a Christian, how to cross yourself and pray. . . . The most important thing, Srulik,' he said, talking fast, 'is to forget your name. Wipe it from your memory. . . . But even if you forget everything—even if you forget me and Mama—never forget that you’re a Jew.'" And so, at only eight years old, Srulik Frydman says goodbye to his father for the last time and becomes Jurek Staniak, an orphan on the run in the Polish countryside at the height of the Holocaust. With the danger of capture by German soldiers ever-present, Jurek must fight against starvation, the punishing Polish winters, and widespread anti-Semitism as he desperately searches for refuge. Told with the unflinching honesty and unique perspective of such a young child, Run, Boy, Run is the extraordinary account of one boy’s struggle to stay alive in the face of almost insurmountable odds—a story all the more incredible because it is true.

Carry Me Like Water

Carry Me Like Water
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2011-03-15
ISBN 10: 0062045989
ISBN 13: 9780062045980
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Carry Me Like Water Book Review:

This immensely moving novel confronts divisions of race, gender, and class, fusing together the stories of people who come to recognize one another from former lives they didn't know existed -- or that they tried to forget. Diego, a deaf-mute, is barely surviving on the border in El Paso, Texas. Diego's sister, Helen, who lives with her husband in the posh suburbs of San Francisco, long ago abandoned both her brother and her El Paso roots. Helen's best friend, Lizzie, a nurse in an AIDS ward, begins to uncover her own buried past after a mystical encounter with a patient. With Carry Me Like Water, Benjamin Alire Sáenz unfolds a beautiful story about hope and forgiveness, unexpected reunions, an expanded definition of family, and, ultimately, what happens when the disparate worlds of pain and privilege collide.

Names on a Map

Names on a Map
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN 10: 0061875864
ISBN 13: 9780061875861
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Names on a Map Book Review:

The Espejo family of El Paso, Texas, is like so many others in America in 1967, trying to make sense of a rapidly escalating war they feel does not concern them. But when the eldest son, Gustavo, a complex and errant rebel, receives a certified letter ordering him to report to basic training, he chooses to flee instead to Mexico. Retreating back to the land of his grandfather—a foreign country to which he is no longer culturally connected—Gustavo sets into motion a series of events that will have catastrophic consequences on the fragile bonds holding the family together. Told with raw power and searing bluntness, and filled with important themes as immediate as today’s headlines, Names on a Map is arguably the most important work to date of a major American literary artist.

A Primer for Philosophy and Education

A Primer for Philosophy and Education
Author: Samuel D. Rocha
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 82
Release: 2014-12-01
ISBN 10: 163087728X
ISBN 13: 9781630877286
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Primer for Philosophy and Education Book Review:

"Sam Rocha's primer reminds me of a French adage: la philo descends dans la rue-- philosophy comes to the street. Rocha's little book can be read and talked about, with profit, on the street, in the home, in the school, in the garden, anywhere the human heart beats and the human mind thinks." --David T. Hansen, Weinburg Professor in the History and Philosophy of Education, Teachers College Columbia University "Rocha gives us a compelling experience of first-hand philosophizing, in which the ordinary is shown in its powerful features, and the discipline of philosophy of education reclaims its necessity." --Cristina Cammarano, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Salisbury University "Rocha's illustrated primer is an eye-opening introduction to the philosophy of education. And, unlike too many illustrated texts, its pen and ink drawings are a thought provoking complement to this highly readable introduction." --David Mosley, Professor of Philosophy, Bellarmine University "An elegantly written invitation to students and the general reader to a frame of mind where one is ready to learn from and think about philosophy and education. Sam Rocha calls us all back, in heart-felt yet precise prose, to philosophy's ancient role of dialogue, wonder, and reflection. A joy to read and treasure." --AG Rud, Distinguished Professor, Washington State University "A charming and clearly written introduction to the philosophy of education, inspired by the writings of William James." --Graham Harman, Associate Provost for Research Administration and Professor of Philosophy, The American University in Cairo

How It All Blew Up

How It All Blew Up
Author: Arvin Ahmadi
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-09-22
ISBN 10: 0593202880
ISBN 13: 9780593202883
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How It All Blew Up Book Review:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda goes to Italy in Arvin Ahmadi's newest incisive look at identity and what it means to find yourself by running away. Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew coming out to his Muslim family would be messy--he just didn't think it would end in an airport interrogation room. But when faced with a failed relationship, bullies, and blackmail, running away to Rome is his only option. Right? Soon, late nights with new friends and dates in the Sistine Chapel start to feel like second nature... until his old life comes knocking on his door. Now, Amir has to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth to a US Customs officer, or risk losing his hard-won freedom. At turns uplifting and devastating, How It All Blew Up is Arvin Ahmadi's most powerful novel yet, a celebration of how life's most painful moments can live alongside the riotous, life-changing joys of discovering who you are.