Search Results: "Ernest J. Gaines"


BOOK REVIEW

MOZART AND LEADBELLY by Ernest J. Gaines
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2005

"Gaines's fiction glistens. The rest of the book, a fault of its editors, does not."
An unfortunate mixed-genre collection of bad essays, competent short stories and an edited transcript of a dull conversation meant to honor the author of A Lesson Before Dying (1993). Read full book review >

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A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Ernest J. Gaines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 1993

"By containing unbearably painful emotions within simple declarative sentences and everyday speech rhythms, Gaines has written a novel that is not only never maudlin, but approaches the spare beauty of a classic."
Two black men (one a teacher, the other a death row inmate) struggle to live, and die, with dignity, in Gaines's most powerful and moving work since The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971). Read full book review >

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FLIGHTS IN THE HEAVENLIES by Ernest J. Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"Stories finely crafted and paced that often falter at the finish line."
Six stories with vivid West Coast settings and characters who, when appropriate, beguile and alarm even if they cumulatively lack an energizing edginess. Read full book review >

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CALIFORNIA TIME by Ernest J. Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Nice vignettes, but little more."
A well-crafted but narratively undercooked story of life in California's Central Valley during the three decades following WW I. Finney, as in his previous fiction with California settings (Flights in the Heavenlies, 1996, etc.), deftly evokes both time and place with appropriately vivid descriptions—e.g., the way raisins are made and strawberries picked—but the story told here by his various and sundry characters is more like a motley collection of sketches than a full rural saga. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 22, 2007

"A worthy investment for the serious businessperson."
Comprehensive, all-inclusive guidebook to the ins and outs of navigating small-business negotiations. Read full book review >

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WORDS OF MY ROARING by Ernest J. Finney
Released: July 2, 1993

"Still, a readable tale of life at home during the Big One."
A sweeping old-fashioned novel that ambitiously explores an unfamiliar theme—life in wartime California—with sometimes too much corroborative detail. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"But even after undergoing therapy, Gaines still hasn't finished blaming others for things she did to herself. (Author tour)"
An autobiographical portrait of a black woman who worked her way up from convicted felon to award-winning reporter for the Washington Post. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Original, gossipy and flat-out fun—will either have you booking the next flight or scare you off the place altogether."
What happens in Miami Beach stays in Miami Beach—or at least until Gaines showed up. Read full book review >

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SURVIVAL GAMES by Charles Gaines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

An initially crisp and involving literary thriller, this first novel in 15 years by the author of, among others, Stay Hungry (not reviewed) and Dangler (1980) unfortunately devolves into a high- pitched and pretentious macho bloodbath. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 14, 1990

Humboldt, a late 18th-century Prussian scientist, was revered by his contemporaries as "the man who knew everything." Read full book review >