Search Results: "Blair Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. Read full book review >

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BONNIE BLAIR by Cathy Breitenbucher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"A rewarding read for kids interested in sports. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Breitenbucher, for ten years a sportswriter for the Milwaukee Sentinel, records the amazing career of speed skater Bonnie Blair, who trained in Milwaukee. Read full book review >

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GARCIA by Blair Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 1999

"Fine reading on a most curious American life. (Author tour)"
Veteran music writer Blair has fashioned a moving and insightful biography of Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia by focusing on the most important and enduring part of his legacy: his music. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett's enormous hair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A provocative portrait sure to win as many fans and detractors as its red-hot subject."
A well-rounded treatment of one of baseball's most celebrated and controversial figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Worthy of Studs Terkel and an essential addition to the books of the Dead."
Coming on its 50th anniversary and just after the band's farewell tour, an engaging, near-comprehensive oral history of the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BETRAYAL OF MAGGIE BLAIR by Elizabeth Laird
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"If Maggie sometimes seems oddly naïve for a person of such an age at that time, her point of view will resonate with teenagers today, as will her death-defying journey, her scrappiness and determination in the face of extreme poverty and little love. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Sixteen-year-old Maggie lives a poor life in 17th-century Scotland with her Granny, whose ill temper, foul mouth and skills at healing make her an easy target for the witch-hunting church. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A consistently interesting biography that deftly captures the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original."
An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Read full book review >

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JACKSON, 1964 by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Haunting pieces that show how our window on the past is often a mirror."
A veteran reporter collects some significant pieces about race that originally appeared in the New Yorker, his publishing home since 1963. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Jackson Place by John H. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2014

"An artfully rendered, suspenseful look at an imaginary turn in Nixon's presidency."
A historical novel that cleverly postulates an alternate reality in which President Richard Nixon refuses to resign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDREW JACKSON by Sean Wilentz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2006

"A worthy introduction to the Age of Jackson, now receiving increased attention from historians."
Old Hickory was a man of actions, not ideas—but a better president than past historians have held. Read full book review >

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JACKSON PARK by Charlotte Carter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"As in Nanette Hayes's more lighthearted adventures, the language is as colorful as the parade of local characters. Carter crams in perhaps more subplots than her story can support, but not too many to dislodge gutsy Cass as the real star."
First in a new series by the creator of New York street musician Nanette Hayes (Coq au Vin, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >