Search Results: "Gerald Early"


BOOK REVIEW

DAUGHTERS by Gerald Early
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Interesting but rarely illuminating."
Early's mushy, self-conscious essays recounting discussions with his daughters, poems to them, and diary excerpts have the appeal of a stranger's family album. Read full book review >

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THE MUHAMMAD ALI READER by Gerald Early
NON-FICTION
Released: June 18, 1998

"While that might be truthfully said about some of the contributions to this anthology (A. Bartlett Giamatti and Mailer offer particularly abstruse and bizarre thoughts), for the most part, this is a pleasure to read and a deserved and elegant salute to The Greatest."
Early (who also edited the recent Body Language: Writers on Sport, p. 168, etc.) compiles a formidable team of contributors to render honor to a man bigger than boxing, bigger than sports. Read full book review >

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BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN ESSAYS: 2009 by Debra J. Dickerson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"A cracking good read, something that all too few essay anthologies manage to be."
Inaugural edition of a new series proves that there's always room for another delivery method for quality short nonfiction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"Many of the contributors are right or left of center but none are so conservative as to suggest that America is now colorblind."
Ninety years after W.E.B. DuBois posited the ``double- consciousness'' of African-Americans (``always measuring one's soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity'' in a constant experience of ``twoness—an American, a Negro...two unreconciled strivings''), 18 African-American intellectuals offer thoughtful responses. Read full book review >

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BODY LANGUAGE by Gerald Early
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

For volume two of Graywolf's Forum series, editor Early (Daughters, 1994, etc.) called for personal essays about an encounter with a sport and what significance that encounter held for the writer. Read full book review >

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BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN FICTION 2010 by Gerald Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"A rich compilation, opening up territory for further exploration."
Running the gamut from accessible crime fiction to experimental efforts by critics' darlings, this ambitious anthology offers a snapshot of modern black culture without being tied to a single theme. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Lacking cohesiveness, this will likely lead the curious reader to other books."
The expansive criteria in terms of authors, genres and publication dates (2006-09) makes for a treasure trove of discovery in this volume, though it doesn't hold together as well as so many other best-of anthologies. Read full book review >

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ROBIN HOOD by Margaret Early
adapted by Margaret Early, illustrated by Margaret Early
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Read this copy indoors with velvet gloves on, and save Howard Pyle's classic telling to read outside under the trees. (Picture book/folklore. 10+)"
Early (Sleeping Beauty, 1993, etc.) now adds the tales of Sir Robin to her artistic retellings of classics. Read full book review >

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ROMEO AND JULIET by Margaret Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Beautiful patterned borders, street scenes, and architectural details are recognizable from the actual city of Verona and some well-known Renaissance paintings. (Picture book. 9-12)"
The warring families, gang fighting, teen passion, and tragic denouement will be too daunting for the conventional picture- book audience; instead, Early (Robin Hood, 1996, etc.) casts the tale of the star-crossed lovers into occasionally lackluster prose accessible to middle-school children with no firsthand knowledge of the story. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTY by Margaret Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Still, where affordable, a handsome evocation of the tale's courtly origins. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
An illustrator whose Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1989) was an ALA Notable renders one of Perrault's tales (without the concluding episodes about the ogre mother-in-law) in a similarly sumptuous style. Read full book review >

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REFINERY TOWN by Steve Early
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A specific tale of governance at the local level that should appeal to labor activists and scholars of urban studies."
In Richmond, California, overlooking scenic San Francisco Bay, is a company town bankrolled by Chevron. A resident reports, in some detail, on his town's fraught governance. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR QUINN AND HELL'S KEEPER by Alan Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A little too heavy-handed to sit among the literary hipsters at the front of the Percy Jackson bandwagon, but worthy at least of a ticket to ride. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Evil Loki reigns triumphant—for a while—over Dublin and the world beyond in this lumbering trilogy closer. Read full book review >