Search Results: "Alex Haley"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 22, 2007

"Haley, who died in 1992, can no longer respond to those ongoing discussions, but it is to the good that his 'genealogical novel,' so long in the making, is still around to spur them in the first place."
If you are of a certain age and were anywhere near the United States in early 1977, you probably remember the bona fide social phenomenon that was the first airing of the miniseries Roots. Read full book review >

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MAMA FLORA'S FAMILY by Alex Haley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 1998

"Not in the same class as Roots, but an affecting if superficial take on recent racial history. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Screenwriter Stevens (who completed the late Haley's Queen, 1993) has now crafted from another incomplete Haley novel one of those heartwarming generational sagas—destined as a miniseries on CBS-TV in November—that relies on individuals as eyewitnesses to history. Read full book review >

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Alex Haley
Released: Oct. 29, 1965

He was called Malcolm Little at birth; he was buried as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz; but he lived most of his life as Malcolm X and was the most rabid racist of his time while he ran counter to the movement which dominated it. Read full book review >

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VACLAV & LENA by Haley Tanner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"A terrific, enlightened debut that captures the fervor that hides in naïveté."
A pair of young Russian immigrants, each desperately infatuated with the other, are parted and reunited in Brighton Beach. Read full book review >

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CAN'T IS NOT AN OPTION by Nikki Haley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2012

"If you're a fellow traveler, this is your book. If not, you likely won't pick it up."
South Carolina's governor stakes out her red-blooded American credentials in a by-the-numbers memoir. Read full book review >

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TWO BAD BOYS by Gail E. Haley
adapted by Gail E. Haley, illustrated by Gail E. Haley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The transgression of moral authority and the dual nature of existence are themes which have echoes throughout western literature; this Cherokee legend confirms the universality of human nature. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
From Haley (Mountain Jack Tales, 1992, etc.), an engrossing story, subtitled ``A Very Old Cherokee Tale,'' complete with author's note, that mirrors the Christian creation myth and explains how labor came into the world. Read full book review >

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MOUNTAIN JACK TALES by Gail E. Haley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A thoughtful introduction to Jack's adventures, briefer but more inviting than Richard Chase's. (Folklore. 10+)"
Haley invites readers up to Old Poppyseed's cabin on Story Mountain (``Park your car and hike up the path...the pale eyes of things forgotten in the outside world will see your every move'') for eight familiar tales plus a version of ``Molly Whuppie.'' The spirited retellings are salted with backwoods language (glossary appended) and illustrated with wood engravings that, like Haley's picture-book illustrations for ``Jack and the Bean Tree'' and ``Jack and the Fire Dragon,'' are full of energy, comedy, and magical creatures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

READING TO PEANUT by Leda Schubert
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Nicely captures the excitement of learning to read and write, complete with the feeling of accomplishment that ensues. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Learning to read can be an adventure, as this determined little girl and her pup demonstrate. Read full book review >

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THE ALL-AMERICAN JUMP AND JIVE JIG by M.P. Hueston
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Still, an energetic prompt to get young listeners up and moving—and, best possible outcome, inventing their own dances. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A chance to dance, all over the country. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN’T BUY A DINOSAUR WITH A DIME by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Not for beginning savers or spenders. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ziefert offers a tale about saving, spending, and saving again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Point out the 'Let's Read and Find Out' series to children who want to probe a bit deeper. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Aiming to raise the consciousnesses of newly fledged readers about their sensoria, the prolific Ziefert presents a breezy tally of basic facts about smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAPTIVE PARADISE by James L. Haley
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A pertinent work of keen understanding of the complex Hawaiian story."
Revisionist, evenhanded look at Hawaiian dynastic tenacity against ceaseless challenges by larger imperialist powers. Read full book review >