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(contact the Editor if you wish to review any of these books or media

for publication, we will send you our copy for you to keep)



* Not in Alpha Order

1) Memories of a Penitent Heart. Memories of a Penitent Heart is a new highly acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo that explores the buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel's death. Pulling from a family archive of home movies, pictures, and letters, this timely film tells the story of her uncle, and how families treat their LGBT members in a Latin American cultural and religious context during the AIDS crisis of the 1980's and 1990's. Watch trailer here:

2) Neva: a play (bilingual Edition - paperback), by Guillermo Calderón (author), Andrea Thome (translator), Theatre Communications Group, ©2016.

3) One Minute Mysteries: Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! • Misterios de un Minuto: ¡Misterios Cortos que Resuelves con Matemáticas! by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder, Science, Naturally! ©2017.

4) Chicano Popular Culture, Second Edition, Que Hable el Pueblo, by Charles M. Tatum (author), The University of Arizona Press, ©2017.

5) The Trouble with SIOP®: How a Behaviorist Framework, Flawed Research, and Clever Marketing Have Come to Define — and Diminish — Sheltered Instruction,
by James Crawford andSharon Adelman Reyes (authors), Paperback – ©Institute for Language & Education Policy; 1 edition (February 13, 2015).

6) Cuddled and Carried / Consentido Y Cargado, by Dia L. Michels (Author), Mike Speiser (Illustrator), Victory Prd. (Translator), Platypus Media, L.L.C., Jun 5, 2018 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages.

7) Babies Nurse / Así se alimentan los bebés, by Phoebe Fox (Author), Jim Fox (Illustrator), Wesley Davies (Illustrator), Victory Prd. (Translator), Preschool - 2, Platypus Media June 5, 2018 - 32 pages.

8) Learning to Be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics, by Daisy Verduzco Reyes, Rutgers University Press, ©2018.

9) Classroom Cultures: Equitable Schooling for Racially Diverse Youth, by Michelle G. Knight-Manuel and Joanne E. Marciano, Teachers College Press, ©2018


Some questions to keep in mind (suggested manuscript length is 2 to 3 pages).

1. What is the book’s argument?
2. Does the book do what it says it is going to do?
3. Is the book a contribution to the field or discipline?

4. Does the book relate to a current debate or trend in the field and if so, how?

5. What is the theoretical lineage or school of thought out of which the book rises?

6. Is the book well-written?

7. What are the books terms and are they defined?

8. How accurate is the information (e.g., the footnotes, bibliography, dates)?

9. Are the illustrations helpful? If there are no illustrations, should there have been?

10. Who would benefit from reading this book?

11. How does the book compare to other books in the field?

12. If it is a textbook, what courses can it be used in and how clear is the book’s structure and examples?

It may be worthwhile to perform an on-line search to get a sense for the author’s history, research agenda, other books, university appointments, and so forth. This can provide you with useful context.

                 Basic Classic Write-up or Structure:

13. Title including complete bibliographic citation for the work (i.e., title in full, author, place, publisher, date of publication, edition statement, pages, special features [maps, color plates, etc.], price, and ISBN.

14. One paragraph identifying the thesis, and whether the author achieves the stated purpose of the book.

15. One or two paragraphs summarizing the book.

16. One paragraph on the book’s strengths.
17. One paragraph on the book’s weaknesses.

18. One paragraph on your assessment of the book’s strengths and weaknesses.