Search Results: "Charles Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A dim book not likely to improve its author's flickering critical reputation."
Eight previously uncollected stories, most written in the last ten years, from the author best known for his National Book Award-winning Middle Passage (1990). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAMER by Charles Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 1998

"Johnson's in-your-face style seems all the more annoying for having led nowhere, and for having failed to produce any coherent vision of one of the great storylines in the epic of American history. (Author tour)"
A novel about Martin Luther King Jr. from the National Book Award-winning Johnson (Middle Passage, 1990, etc.), who continues with his strange combination of high-flown philosophy and down-home folksiness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAY OF THE WRITER by Charles Johnson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A useful writing guide from an experienced practitioner."
A pithy guide for writers and those who teach them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Despite many fine parts, this is ultimately more a cheerleading revisionist textbook than a rigorous scholarly history. (60 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The companion to a forthcoming PBS series (to air in October) exploring how slavery shaped America combines revisionist history and historical fiction with mixed results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK MEN SPEAKING by Charles Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Despite the urgency of the subject matter, there isn't much here that hasn't been expressed more eloquently elsewhere. (10 b&w photos of art by Jacob Lawrence)"
More American black men are in prison than in college. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TRAIN by Charles Temple
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"For story hour sharing or quiet read-alones. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In his driving, rhythmic text, Temple (Cadillac, 1995) evokes all the huffing, puffing, swaying, clacking, rattling wonder of a long train ride—from daybreak departure to nighttime, when ``the seats go turning into beds.'' Johnson's loosely painted, full-bleed acrylics nicely capture the mood of the journey from every angle; sometimes he focuses on the passengers and interiors of the train, other times he views the train from the distant perspective of a man in jail or the cows in the field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 1992

"Barkley will win few friends here, but his blatant honesty is perversely refreshing and likely of wide appeal. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Aptly titled, this autobiography of the Philadelphia 76ers' ``Round Mound of Rebound,'' written with Sports Illustrated's Johnson, is calculated for full shock value—and delivers. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

YOUR BEST BETS FOR FASCINATING SF/F/H READS IN JULY
by John DeNardo

Summer reading season is in full swing, and if you'd like to join the beach party, there's plenty of entertainment to be found in the pages of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. July's cream of the crop includes stories about a robot hitman, a dark and previously unseen perspective on Peter Pan, a woman with supernatural ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GHOST NIGHT by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The scare factor is diminished considerably by the glare of dark glossy pages, tiny images, and the inconvenience of flipping the glasses on and off to alternately view images and read. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Ghost Night ($16.99; Sept. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8037-1946-9): An unresolved love affair and sibling rivalry add some unexpected twists to this 3-D photographic ghost story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT KIND OF BABY-SITTER IS THIS? by Dolores Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Kevin is adamantly opposed to the being left with a baby- sitter while Mom's at school, but comfortable, white-haired Mrs. Lovey Pritchard turns out to be different: pinching his cheek and calling him ``sugar dumpling'' may not be an auspicious beginning, but she doesn't paint her toenails and eat ``the good stuff in the refrigerator,'' like her predecessors. Read full book review >