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Cool salsa : bilingual poems on growing up Latino in the United States
1st Ballantine books ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Fawcett Juniper, 1995, ©1994.
Physical Description:
xxii, 136 pages ; 18 cm
School days -- Home and homeland -- Memories -- Hard times -- Time to party -- A promising future.
Here are the sights, sounds & smells of Latino culture in America in thirty-six vibrant, moving, angry, beautiful & varied voices, including Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Luis J. Rodriguez, Gary Soto & Martin Espada. Presented in both English & Spanish, each poem helps us to discover what it is like to grow up Hispanic in America. An acclaimed collection of poems about life in America by young Latinos--in a bilingual edition. Featuring an introduction by Oscar Hijuelos. Recipient of starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Review, Bulletin and Horn Book.
Reading Level:
Young Adult.
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Call Number
811.54 C77
811.008 CARLSON
811 COOL
811.54 COOL

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In London's affluent Brunswick Gardens, the battle over Charles Darwin's revolutionary theory of evolution intensifies as the respected Reverend Parmenter is boldly challenged by his beautiful assistant, Unity Bellwood--a "new woman" whose feminism and aggressive Darwinism he finds appalling.

When Unity, three months pregnant, tumbles down the staircase to her death, superintendent Thomas Pitt is virtually certain that one of the three deeply devout men in the house committed murder. Could it have been the Reverend Parmenter, his handsome curate, or his Roman Catholic son? Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, refuse to settle for less than the truth--and justice. . . .

Author Notes

Anne Perry was born Juliet Hume on October 28, 1938 in Blackheath, London.

Sent to Christchurch, New Zealand to recover from a childhood case of severe pneumonia, she became very close friends with another girl, Pauline Parker. When Perry's family abandoned her, she had only Parker to turn to, and when the Parkers planned to move from New Zealand, Parker asked that Perry be allowed to join them. When Parker's mother disagreed, Perry and Parker bludgeoned her to death. Perry eventually served five and a half years in an adult prison for the crime.

Once she was freed, she changed her name and moved to America, where she eventually became a writer. Her first Victorian novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published in 1979. Although the truth of her past came out when the case of Mrs. Parker's murder was made into a movie (Heavenly Creatures), Perry is still a popular author and continues to write. She has written over 50 books and short story collections including the Thomas Pitt series, the William Monk series, and the Daniel Pitt series. Her story, Heroes, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. Her title's Blind Justice and The Angel Court Affair made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

YA-Perry continues to reveal the intricacies of women's rights in Victorian society in this murder mystery. When Inspector Thomas Pitt investigates the murder of Unity Bellwood, he is forced to admit that his former brother-in-law, Dominic, is one of the key suspects. Or did her employer, Reverend Parmenter, push her down the stairs? Unity was antagonistic and flaunted women's rights and Darwin's ideas in Parmenter's very traditional home. Pitt's wife is appalled that Dominic could be a suspect and helps with the detective work. Even though there is a limited number of possible perpetrators, readers will still be surprised as clues are found to reveal the answers. This is more of a character study than a novel of action, but it will appeal to Perry's fans.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

The 18th case for turn-of-the-century London policeman Thomas Pitt offers Perry's guaranteed entertainment, although without the full depth of last year's Ashworth Hall. Now in command of the Bow Street station, Pitt is sent to the home of prominent vicar and scholar Ramsay Parmenter, where a young woman has died in a suspicious fall down the stairs. Unity Bellwood was as adept at irritating others as she was at her work of translating ancient texts with the reverend. Pitt faces the awkward possibility that the dead woman was pushed by Parmenter himself; by Parmenter's intense son, Mallory, who is annoying his Anglican father by studying to become a Catholic priest; or by Dominic Corde, a curate who lives in the house. Complicating issues is the fact that Dominic, the widowed husband of Pitt's wife Charlotte's dead sister, is an elegant former wastrel with whom Charlotte was once infatuated. As Pitt probes "all the little sins" of the household, he discovers secrets that several of his suspects have failed to confess about themselves and about Unity. Meanwhile Charlotte, drawn to visit Dominic, witnesses social interactions among the family group that her husband, in his official capacity, could not observe. Within this clearly drawn cast, the face of the villain begins to emerge even before Pitt is called in on a second death in the household and closes in on the crimes' solution. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

It's 1891, and once again Superintendent Thomas Pitt of London's Bow Street Station is called upon to solve a difficult case (Ashworth Hall, 1997, etc., etc.). The victim this time is emancipated, argumentative Unity Bellwood, a young ""new woman"" and an expert on ancient languages who was employed as research assistant by the Reverend Ramsey Parmenter, the highly respected vicar of St. Michael's Church. Unity was killed instantly in a fall down the grand staircase at 17 Brunswick Gardens, residence of Parmenter, his wife Vita, son Mallory, daughters Clarice and Tryphena and--a shocker for Pitt--Dominic Corde. Now a curate, Dominic was once Pitt's brother-in-law, widower of his wife Charlotte's sister who'd died ten years before, lust before Unity fell, she was heard to call out ""No. . . no, Reverend""; meanwhile, there are no signs to indicate accident, and an autopsy reveals that the victim was three months pregnant. Parmenter denies guilt, as do the others, and Pitt is faced with a seemingly unsolvable puzzle. Much--unendingly so--is made of Dominic's unsavory past, which Pitt painstakingly investigates, and of his redemption in the church, under Parmenter's guidance. A second death in the household is taken as a confession until Pitt, aided by Charlotte, realizes he's taken a wrong turn and at very long last gets it right. A scenario that might have been intriguing is drained of both suspense and momentum by endless, long-winded, stately discussions and musings on the nature of man and faith. A far cry from this veteran author's best and a test of endurance for even the most devoted fan. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Library Journal Review

This reading of Anne Perry's sixth Victorian mystery featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt (Defend and Betray, Audio Reviews, LJ 6/15/96) is skillfully rendered by David McCallum, who gives an impeccable performance. Here Perry explores the social and moral issues of the day. Unity Bellwood, assistant to Reverend Ramsey Parmenter, falls down a flight of stairs to her death; her last words are: "No, no, Reverend!" He is suspected of pushing the young woman to her death. There are, however, other people in the house. Thomas, commander of the Bow Street police station, will not be satisfied until the whole truth can be unearthed. Engrossing and enjoyable for lovers of traditional mystery novels, although it holds few surprises for the discerning. Recommended for public library collections.‘Jacqueline Seewald, Red Bank Reg. H.S., Little Silver, NJ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.