Search Results: "Diane McWhorter"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Decorated by a glamorous roster of friends and acquaintances (from Andy Warhol to Queen Elizabeth II), this biography is direct and unpretentious, but essentially insubstantial—much like the wrap dress. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Build a better dress and they will come: this is the theme of this celebrity autobiography by designer/jet setter Von Furstenberg. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

This clear-eyed account of the civil-rights movement's most vicious years should be required reading for anyone who thinks that it all began and ended with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A dense, detailed, and insightful history."
From a journalist and member of one of Birmingham's leading families, a vivid, admirably nuanced, and wide-ranging history of the city that became ground zero in the Civil Rights struggle as black children marched, the white establishment wrestled with the need to change, and the Ku Klux Klan engaged in murderous bombings. Read full book review >

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DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites (``The Elves and the Shoemaker,'' ``Teeny Tiny,'' etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian ``Anansi and the Plantains,'' the Japanese ``Three Strong Women,'' and the wryly feminist ``Managing Molly.'' The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's ``Magic Story for Falling Asleep''just the right note. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF SILLY STORIES AND SONGS by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A perfect gift book that will also find many library uses. (Folklore. 4-10)"
Another attractive, well-planned volume in the style of The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (1989). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Bone White by Tim McWhorter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2015

"An intermittently effective suspense tale that should satisfy die-hard horror buffs."
Seeking shelter from a massive rainstorm, two teenagers stumble into a psychopath's hideout and must fight for their lives in McWhorter's (Swallowing the Worm and Other Stories, 2015, etc.) gory debut novel.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 2000

"An important book that forthrightly confronts and questions conventional wisdom."
An impassioned but meticulously argued plea for African Americans to address the three basic problems—identified by the author as separatism, anti-intellectualism, and "a cult of victimology"—largely responsible for "keeping black Americans eternally America's case apart." Read full book review >

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TALKING BACK, TALKING BLACK by John McWhorter
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A vibrant separation of an African-American vernacular tradition from the thickets of contemporary racial debate."
A compact, lively defense of the grammatical legitimacy of "Black English." Read full book review >

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WORDS ON THE MOVE by John McWhorter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"As in most of his books, McWhorter proves to be a well-informed and cheerful guide to linguistics."
A brisk look at how and why words change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 19, 2008

"A sharp pin with which to pop the bloviating balloon of self-important cultural mandarins."
Bracing, though occasionally loosely argued, charge that the much-lauded political promise of hip-hop is at best a sham, and at worst a dangerous placebo that distracts people from enacting constructive change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 27, 2003

"As intended, McWhorter raises hackles as he challenges received opinions and entrenched notions."
Rousing essays on the nature of being African-American today and a dissection of currents the author of Losing the Race (2000) finds self-defeating. Read full book review >