Search Results: "Graham Russell Gao Hodges"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"A provocative discussion of an opportunity missed, where inspired moral leadership by one of the greatest of Americans could have made a difference."
The entwined lives of two Revolutionary Era giants and another man who made a less well-known contribution to liberty. Read full book review >

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ONE MAN’S BIBLE by Gao Xingjian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Unless Gao's internationally acclaimed plays are a lot better than his fiction, it's hard to understand why this writer was awarded a Nobel Prize."
The experiences of a dissident artist-intellectual who finds himself in an adversary relationship with Mao's Cultural Revolution are once again examined—if not consistently dramatized—by the Chinese Nobel laureate (Soul Mountain, 2000). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"An authentic survivor's story, more disturbing and awe-inspiring than any TV reality show."
A refugee now living in England graphically chronicles the hardships, losses, and horrors she endured in Mao's China. Read full book review >

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MOSES by Margaret Hodges
by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Barry Moser
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Moser's full-page watercolor illustrations on every other page create a strong visual personality for Moses as he ages from confident prince to elderly prophet. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Hodges retells some of the key events from the life of Moses in a well-written, fluid style that makes the ancient stories come alive for young readers or listeners. Read full book review >

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BUYING A FISHING ROD FOR MY GRANDFATHER by Gao Xingjian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2004

"Inconsistently developed, but precisely detailed and delicately suggestive: the best work of Gao's yet to appear in English translation."
The 2000 Nobel laureate's declaration "that his fiction does not set out to tell a story" is supported by the six tales in this first translated collection Read full book review >

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B-FOUR by Sam Hodges
Released: June 1, 1992

"Colorful and charming in distinctly southern ways, but ultimately disappointing: a standard tale of bright futures and saccharine sentiments."
A mildly humorous but mostly unexceptional debut from newsman Hodges about his home turf, Birmingham, Alabama, and a cub reporter learning the ropes at the local paper who finds—all at once—love, the will to defy his tyrannical father, and a front-page story. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"His visual trope of a flowerlike flame in the fireplace of Joan's home is startlingly recreated in the final image of Joan at the stake. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
While Josephine Poole and Angela Barrett's Joan of Arc (1998) focused on Joan as a saint, this spirited but reverent telling emphasizes Joan as a hero. Read full book review >

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SOUL MOUNTAIN by Gao Xingjian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2000

"It all eventually coheres into a vision of an inchoate, voracious culture from which any sentient soul might understandably recoil. A dramatically promising situation; one wishes it had been framed in a story."
Readers surprised by the recent news that obscure Chinese dissident expatriate Gao had won this year's Nobel Prize may still be seeking enlightenment even after they've finished this imperturbably meditative and leisurely 1989 "novel"—his first fiction translated into English. Read full book review >

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LONG SHOT by Craig Hodges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A skillfully told, affecting memoir of sports and social activism."
A former professional basketball player looks back on his life on and off the court, with an emphasis on how his outspokenness regarding racial discrimination led to his unofficial banishment from the NBA. Read full book review >

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HAUNTINGS by Margaret Hodges
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Sources; illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Sixteen eerie tales, retold with varying success. Read full book review >