Reviews – December 2010

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Books

¡Basta de historias!
Autor: Andrés Oppenheimer
Vintage Español (una división de Random House, Inc.)

La obsesión latinoamericana con el pasado y las doce claves del futuro de Andrés Oppenheimer, uno de los periodistas más influyentes de la lengua española. ¡Basta de historias! Es un agudo viaje periodístico alrededor del mundo, que aporta ideas útiles para trabajar en la principal asignatura pendiente de los países latinoamericanos y la única que podrá sacarlos de la mediocridad económica e intelectual: la educación. www.randomhouse.com

Roots of Indifference
Author: Terri Ragsdale
BookSurge Publishing

A suspense novel with themes of injustice, “Roots of Indifference” follows Mexican-Americans who suffered hostility and discrimination in south Texas during an era that Ragsdale feels has been largely neglected by history textbooks. Ragsdale’s book reveals how, for years, the ethnic people native to the area were afraid to speak the truth about what they endured. The book is available at www.Amazon.com

CDs

Christmas With The Puppini Sisters
Verve

A female vocal trio featuring ‘40s-style close harmony, backed by a fearless jazz threesome, the retro-futuristic Puppini Sisters put their signature sequined stamp on timeless songs of the season for the sensational group’s third album. The Puppini Sisters deliver original twists rather than nostalgic flashbacks.

Annie Lennox – A Christmas Cornucopia
Decca

In this new arena of creative freedom, Lennox has been stretching her wings, and her remarkable voice. She’s recorded A Christmas Cornucopia…a collection of interpretations of traditional festive songs, some familiar to most of us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Holly And The Ivy, Silent Night), others less so (Lullay Lullay, Il Est Ne le Divin Enfant), and one new Lennox composition, Universal Child.

DVDs

12 Men of Christmas
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

When die-hard New Yorker and publicist E.J. Baxter loses both her high-powered Manhattan job and her lawyer-fiancé at her office Christmas party, she winds up taking a job and moving to Montana. To help the local search-and-rescue station raise desperately needed funds, she convinces the male rescue workers to pose for a naked calendar. Along the way, she discovers what really matters to her and wins the heart of one of the pin-ups!

Anotherworld
Breaking Glass Pictures

Conceived as a vision of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, this experimental narrative touches on the joys, heartaches, and political struggles that all gay men – whether old or young, from big cities or small towns – must face in the modern world. Much of the dialogue is derived from true-life interviews with gay men, imbuing the film with authenticity and timeliness.

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