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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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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Sweet Figs, Bitter Greens by Donna L. Gestri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2013

"Warm but clichéd family tales."
A sprawling epic novel about an Italian-American family. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Despite the somewhat glib and frivolous title, a serious discourse on black male-female relations."
An exploration of the tense terrain of relations between black men and women. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2004

"Though not without bland tropes of its own ('God never abandoned me on my journey,' etc.), Brazile's insider account will appeal to wonks, activists, and reformers."
Al Gore's presidential campaign manager explains what went wrong. 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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Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A well-written, inspirational, uplifting book with spiritual overtones that should spur readers to achieve better things in life."
Advice for succeeding in life, packaged in an easily digestible format. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A plain history that doesn't take up the social and intellectual issues that drew so many to Theosophy and continue to draw people to its descendant—the New Age movement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
With healthy skepticism and heavy-handed irony, Washington chronicles the tortuous history of the Theosophic movement. Read full book review >

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IRON HOUSE by Jerome Washington
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"Righteous anger, pointed questioning, and a plaintive voice that cannot be denied—but a far cry from the rage and fury of the best prison writing."
Vignettes of prison life, as told from inside the ``big house.'' Washington, who spent 16 years in federal jails after being convicted of murder (he claimed self-defense), serves an anedcotal smorgasbord of prison life and people. Read full book review >