Search Results: "Gordon C. James"


BOOK REVIEW

C by Tom McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Flawed but fascinating."
An ambitious, epochal second novel from the author of Remainder (2007). Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Ann Parr
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"A substandard, message-driven production, of limited value to libraries. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Based on an interview with Parks, now in his 90s, and built on his mother's childhood challenge, "What a white boy can do, you can too—and no excuses," Parr's profile briefly traces the photographer/writer/filmmaker's career from early struggles in Minnesota to his memoir for adults, Hungry Heart (2005). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The research seems sound enough, but one-dimensional characters and consistently clumsy prose doom this first of a series. There may be a story worth telling here, but the grandson of Sinclair Lewis hasn't found it yet."
Chunky, clunky debut novel about a one-time slave who fights Confederates, injustice, ignorance, racism, Native Americans, whatever—all superheroically. Read full book review >

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ABBY TAKES A STAND by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"An excellent introduction to a promising new series. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Maggie Rae and her cousins visit their grandmother's attic to find scraps of time, remembrances from her family's past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SONG FOR HARLEM by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"But for newcomers to the period, this will serve as a taste of this rich period in American history. (Fiction. 6-9)"
McKissack's third offering in her Scraps of Time historical fiction for new readers examines the life of fictional Lilly Belle Turner in 1928 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AWAY WEST by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"A must for young history buffs. (timeline) (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1879 and 13-year-old Everett Turner is stowing away on a supply boat to St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLORENCE GORDON by Brian Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here raises his own bar in all three areas. He also joins a sadly small club of male writers who have created memorable heroines."
Unexpected celebrity and long-absent family members distract a heroically cantankerous 1960s-era activist in the summer of 2009 as she reluctantly confronts the challenges of age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORMAT C: by Edwin Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 1999

"Others, perhaps, will not, although Black throughout shows great smarts and at times displays virtuoso rhetoric. (First printing of 50,000; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Massively conceived, neatly chiseled computer novel that begins on the wrong foot with lists of consumer goods enjoyed by a sybaritic hero only a Honda Del Sol salesman could love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2005

"An Israeli version of Anthony Swofford's Jarhead (2004), both hard-nosed and thoughtful—and most illuminating."
A nuanced view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by a former foot soldier in the long war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMPY by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"There has been little written about Campanella in recent years, but Adler fills that void admirably. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Roy Campanella was a beloved catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read full book review >