Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood
Author: Benjamin Alire S‡enz
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2011-05-10
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 1933693991


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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.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2012-02-21
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 1442408928


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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.

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

He Forgot to Say Goodbye
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2010-03-09
Genre:
ISBN: 9780606145213


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For use in schools and libraries only. Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt.

Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club

Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2012
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1935955322


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Winner of the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Benjamin Alire S enz's stories reveal how all borders--real, imagined, sexual, human, the line between dark and light, addict and straight--entangle those who live on either side. Take, for instance, the Kentucky Club on Avenida Ju rez two blocks south of the Rio Grande. It's a touchstone for each of S enz's stories. His characters walk by, they might go in for a drink or to score, or they might just stay there for a while and let their story be told. S enz knows that the Kentucky Club, like special watering holes in all cities, is the contrary to borders. It welcomes Spanish and English, Mexicans and gringos, poor and rich, gay and straight, drug addicts and drunks, laughter and sadness, and even despair. It's a place of rich history and good drinks and cold beer and a long polished mahogany bar. Some days it smells like piss. "I'm going home to the other side." That's a strange statement, but you hear it all the time at the Kentucky Club. Benjamin Alire S enz is a highly regarded writer of fiction, poetry, and children's literature. Like these stories, his writing crosses borders and lands in our collective psyche. Poets & Writers Magazine named him one of the fifty most inspiring writers in the world. He's been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN Center's prestigious award for young adult fiction. S enz is the chair of the creative writing department of University of Texas at El Paso. Awards: PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Lambda Literary Award Southwest Book Award

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2021-10-12
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 1534496211


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A #1 New York Times bestseller Four starred reviews! “Messily human and sincerely insightful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an “emotional roller coaster” (School Library Journal, starred review) sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi. In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in love. Now, they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence. Ari has spent all of high school burying who he really is, staying silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to be the same. But something in him cracked open when he fell in love with Dante, and he can’t go back. Suddenly he finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to bullies of all kinds, and making his voice heard. And, always, there is Dante, dreamy, witty Dante, who can get on Ari’s nerves and fill him with desire all at once. The boys are determined to forge a path for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them. But when Ari is faced with a shocking loss, he’ll have to fight like never before to create a life that is truthfully, joyfully his own.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 469
Release: 2017-03-07
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0544583523


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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.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Total Pages: 245
Release: 2009-09-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 1933693797


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"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.

The Book of what Remains

The Book of what Remains
Author: Benjamin Alire S‡enz
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Total Pages: 131
Release: 2010
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 1556592973


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

Dark and Perfect Angels

Dark and Perfect Angels
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher:
Total Pages: 152
Release: 1995
Genre: Education
ISBN:


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Poetry. " Saenz' poetry has always been centered in the geography and cultures of the desert Southwest. DARK AND PERFECT ANGELS moves deeper into that territory, exploring the difficult braiding of Mexican, Indian and European traditions of his heritage, the struggles and complications of family life, the visceral nature of religious faith in Mexico 'where and saint worth praying to must be adorned with blood as well as gold,' a priest's anointing of a young man dying from gunshot, the shedding of the priest's robes and the secular quest for faith. Indeed, this is a book about faith-a cry for honesty, compassion and community as antidotes to the cold-hearted self-interest that drives so much of American culture"-Alison Hawthorne Deming.

Calendar of Dust

Calendar of Dust
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher:
Total Pages: 108
Release: 1991
Genre: Poetry
ISBN:


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