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Remind (Remind) by Jason Brubaker
Remind (Remind)

CaliforniaBookFan, May 10, 2015

The illustrations are marvelous, but the plot didn't live up to its promise. I purchased this as a teacher hoping to bring it to my elementary school classroom. After reading it, I found it inappropriate, although it came frustratingly close.
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Some Clouds by Paco Ignacio II Taibo

CaliforniaBookFan, February 15, 2013

Another wonderful Belascoarán Shayne novel by Taibo. What do you do if you can find the killer, but the entire system is so corrupt, there is no possibility of justice? Taibo throws in a weird, but entertaining encounter between his protagonist and himself. I think he's trying to deconstruct the mystique of the indestructible macho PI.

As usual, there are other, simultaneous cases, illuminating life in the DF.

Take a cheap trip to Mexico City (in the past) guided by a sociologist. Read this book. Then come home and fight corruption.
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God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre

CaliforniaBookFan, January 7, 2012

This is a fast-paced, marvelous book, exploring the way the drug industry has changed Mexico for the worse, by means of a trip seeking out drug producing areas within Mexico's mountains. I'm struck by how many people that Grant meets comment on how a place used to be safe and now is very dangerous. Having been to a few of these places in safer times, I found Grant's descriptions to be accurate, and his translations of Mexican obscenities to be diligent and attentive to cultural nuance.
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The Dragon Machine (Picture Puffin Books)
The Dragon Machine (Picture Puffin Books)

CaliforniaBookFan, December 21, 2008

This is a delightful children's book with phenomenal illustrations and a gentle but mischievous attitude. The illustrations really deserve a second and more careful look, as much goes on behind the scenes.
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La Frontera Huele a Sangre
La Frontera Huele a Sangre

CaliforniaBookFan, June 11, 2006

Read this book, if only for Guzm?n Wolfer's Twain-like command of regional Mexican dialects! Then avoid another title of his, Colman Los Muertos el Aire, which isn't nearly as good, unless you're a total vampire freak.
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