Search Results: "Farah Jasmine Griffin"


BOOK REVIEW

HARLEM NOCTURNE by Farah Jasmine Griffin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An engaging biography of three remarkable women who taught art to reflect life."
Griffin (English/Columbia Univ.; If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday, 2001) explores the brief period of opportunity in the 1940s when the remarkable talents of Pearl Primus, Ann Petry and Mary Lou Williams changed art and society. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2001

"A wide-ranging reassessment of Holiday's work, best suited for Lady Day admirers."
An erudite fan attempts to reconstruct the life of singer Billie Holiday in a more positive light, by deconstructing her previous biographies. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2008

"An artfully crafted reminder that, at its best, jazz was and is as much a cultural mode as a musical genre."
Clear, sophisticated exploration of jazz's most musically potent pairing. Read full book review >

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THE SPIDER AND THE DOVES by Farah Morley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Although a little too wordy for younger listeners, this is one of the more attractive books on Islam's origins. (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
The lowly spider is a strong hero in this traditional story about Muhammad. Read full book review >

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MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Earnest and heartfelt. (author's note, resources) (Fiction. 13-17)"
Two teenagers make a suicide pact in this poignant, first-person debut. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF VALHALLA by Jasmine Richards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The combination of adventure, appealing characters, and high stakes should satisfy middle-grade fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two unlikely preteens battle the gods of Norse mythology to save their world from Ragnarok—chaos and destruction. Read full book review >

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HERE WE ARE NOW by Jasmine Warga
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A well-executed family drama of the power of romantic and parental love, secrets, regrets, and new beginnings. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Taliah Abdallat has fantasized about the father she's never met appearing at her doorstep, but she's undone when he finally shows up unannounced. Read full book review >

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LINKS by Nuruddin Farah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"A searing portrait of one of Africa's worst killing fields, by one of her most distinguished writers."
An exile returning to Mogadiscio discovers he must settle some old scores, in a masterful tale from Somalian expatriate Farah (Maps, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAPS by Nuruddin Farah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"One of the best novels out of Africa in some time."
Maps ($23.95; Aug.; 272 pp.; 1-55970-485-3): Originally published in 1986, this is the first installment in Farah's abovementioned trilogy (its concluding volume, Secrets, appeared here alone in 1998). Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS IN APRIL
by Bobbi Dumas

At the end of 2016, I requested a few Christmas titles from a few publishers, and while I was able to enjoy them over the season, it was a little late to write about them during the season.

So I decided to do something a little fun and informative with the authors. For the last two weeks in April, I’ll ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A GIRL, IN PARTS by Jasmine Paul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

"One tough heroine and a clear-eyed author willing to go take her wherever she needs to go, honestly and without compromise."
A winning debut in which growing up happens fast—and all out of order—for one young girl. Read full book review >