Search Results: "Donna L. Washington"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF KWANZAA by Donna L. Washington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"A fine primer on a holiday that is fast gaining recognition. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Washington's first book tells about the seven-day festival that begins on December 26 and celebrates the bounty of the earth (Kwanzaa means ``first fruits'' in Swahili) and teaches seven principles or beliefs—one for each day. Read full book review >

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WASHINGTON by Tom Lewis
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Lewis amply shows how close D.C. came to being an ugly patchwork town, and he cites the congressmen who fought to keep it Southern and the Gilded Age men who used their money for its good. Those who enjoy the city will enjoy this book."
Lewis (English/Skidmore Coll.; The Hudson: A History, 2005, etc.) follows the evolution of the symbolic place of Washington, D.C., in the consciousness of Americans.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2008

"A work of admirable, if digressive, breadth, examining the endurance of the nation's dream, even after the British pillaged Washington in 1814."
Bordewich (Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America, 2005, etc.) chronicles the painful creation of America's capital city. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"For a picture of strict belief in class distinctions and the stupidity of the fools who accede to the good of the whole, please step this way. For anyone else, take a pass."
As the great-nephew of the first president, Washington writes about a forgotten book he claims molded the Founding Father's personality: H. de Luzancy's A Panegyrick to the Memory of His Grace Frederick, Late Duke of Schonberg (1690). Read full book review >

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THE BATHTUB PRIMA DONNA by Anne Brouillard
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Brouillard's illustrations are gems: a beckoning village square, a storm of operatic dimensions, and an unforgettable songbird. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This fine little enchantment from Brouillard follows the consequences of a prima donna discovering the tap will issue no water for her morning bath. Read full book review >

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A BIG, SPOOKY HOUSE by Donna Washington
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2000

"Even as material for a storyteller, it is hard to see how this ending works, though, thankfully, the same can't be said for Rogers's watercolors, which are terrific scene-setters, if abandoned at the climax. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This ghost story has more than a touch of the shaggy dog about it and would certainly be more successful as a performance piece than as a storybook. Read full book review >

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HOOPI SHOOPI DONNA by Suzanne Strempek Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Until the ludicrous finale, when Betty's sister Aniela, a Donna look-alike from Poland, appears and offers a highly implausible rationale for Donna's father's inexcusable behavior, this is a sometimes rollicking, sometimes heartbreaking, effectively quirky read. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A worthy follow-up (titled after the American pronunciation of a Polish polka) to Shea's promising debut (Selling the Lite of Heaven, 1994); again, the author captures the spirit of an insular Polish-Catholic community and homes in on one unforgettable family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Written too soon after the event to stifle self-dramatization—or to touch on the tenuous relationship between actual law practice and classroom drilling—this will be of interest only to masochistic, prospective law students but may mislead them, since Harvard's enormous classes, hothouse ambiance, and rock-rigid first-year requirements are less than representative of current options in legal education."
Like the hero of the book-then-film, The Paper Chase, Turow got all frazzled—smoking, drinking, making and breaking psychiatric appointments—by his first year at Harvard Law School (1975-76), the year with all the tough courses, heavy pressures, competitive snarls, and think-like-a-lawyer angst. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMILY L. by Marguerite Duras
Released: May 15, 1989

Duras (The Lover; The War, etc.) here offers a wise, graceful book, at once modern in its self-consciousness and classic in its clarity. Read full book review >

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"An election-year must-read."
Becker's novel, republished from 1995, imagines an alternate political reality. Read full book review >