Search Results: "Henry Wiencek"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A capable, decidedly revisionist work of history, coinciding with Garry Wills's 'Negro President' (below) and other latter-day considerations of slavery."
The term "Founding Father" is no metaphor, this account of Washington's life and times instructs us. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Beautifully constructed reflections and careful sifting of Jefferson's thoughts and deeds."
A well-rendered yet deeply unsettling look behind the illusion of the happy slaves of Monticello. Read full book review >

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THE HAIRSTONS by Henry Wiencek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"But those with an interest in the subject will tough out this eerily fascinating account. (Author tour)"
A look at the largest slaveholders in the South and black and white families they spawned. Read full book review >

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HENRY-HENRY, SHADOWS & LIGHT by Steven Stosny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2016

"The lead's dual personality gives readers two absorbing characters, regardless of who can or can't see them."
Psychotherapist Stosny's (Soar Above, 2016, etc.) first foray into fiction is a dark thriller following a man who, despite an iffy grasp on reality, hunts sex traffickers. Read full book review >

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HENRY FORD by Vincent Curcio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2013

"An evenhanded study by an author determined to cover all the bases."
A nuts-and-bolts biography of the great American visionary portrays a character of enormous contrasts. Read full book review >

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JUST HENRY by Michelle Magorian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Clearly drawn heroes and villains, a wildly engaging cast of young people and older ones and all sorts of fascinating bits about movies, cameras, music and life in postwar England all make up this sparkling tale. (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
Henry lives with his mother, stepfather, Gran and little sister. Read full book review >

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JOHN HENRY by Julius Lester
adapted by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Amen. (Folklore/Picture book. All ages)"
Onto the page bounds the colossus John Henry, man of legend, man of myth (though the preface keeps things off balance on that point). Read full book review >

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HENRY CLAY by Robert V. Remini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"A fine, absorbing biography that does justice to its great subject. (Photos—not seen.)"
From Remini (History/Chicago; The Life of Andrew Jackson, 1988, etc.)—a definitive, magisterial biography of the great statesman who dominated the public life of the early American republic but who could never attain its highest office. Read full book review >

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HENRY HUGGINS by Louis Darling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1950

"A collection of light, gay episodes, sure to please."
Enchanting small-boy adventures — a grammar school Odyssey. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2010

"A distinguished addition to the recent run of outstanding antebellum histories and biographies."
A comprehensive biography of Lincoln's political idol, the man said to have declared, "I had rather be right than be President." Read full book review >

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HENRY JAMES by Sheldon M. Novick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

"James's relentless work habits produced a frequently stunning oeuvre. His biographer's focus on the novelist's daily rounds in an otherwise quiet life is just as relentless and demanding, but far less artful."
This sequel to Henry James: The Young Master (1996, etc.) chronicles, in numbingly Jamesian detail, the expatriate writer's attempt, in his social life and his work, to create a venue for "large & confident action—splendid & supreme creation." Read full book review >

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HENRY WORKS by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Again, an unassuming, deeply affecting tribute to an essential philosopher and writer. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Johnson adds new, rich meaning to a common phrase in his fourth Thoreau-esque episode. Read full book review >