Search Results: "Ishmael Beah"


BOOK REVIEW

A LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael Beah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"Beah's halting narrative has confusing time shifts, but it's hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences."
The survivor of a dirty war in starkest Africa recounts his transition from 12-year-old orphan to killing machine. Read full book review >

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RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"UNICEF Ambassador Beah writes lyrically and passionately about ugly realities as well as about the beauty and dignity of traditional ways."
This first novel from Sierra Leone-born author Beah (A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, 2007) features characters who face the challenges of returning to normalcy after the horrors of civil war in Sierra Leone. Read full book review >

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BLUES CITY by Ishmael Reed
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2003

"Oakland awaits a better tribute."
Lackluster potpourri of urban history, walking tour, and cultural events from novelist and polemicist Reed (Another Day at the Front, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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JAPANESE BY SPRING by Ishmael Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"There's not much novel here beyond the screed-element, but in his own inimitable way Reed is able to activate Zeitgeist-y opinions the way hardly anyone else does, or even tries to do."
Don't let the bucolic-sounding title mislead: this is Reed (The Terrible Threes, 1989, etc.) at his general level of pugnaciousness, exaggeration, cartoon, and troublemaking. Read full book review >

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THE TERRIBLE THREES by Ishmael Reed
Released: March 2, 1989

Back in 1982, Reed cast a baleful eye on the near-future follies of the military-industrial-commercial Christmas complex in a novel called The Terrible Twos; this is its sequel. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 15, 2008

"Worthwhile reading from an important voice."
Reed (Blues City, 2003, etc.) thinks the media's portrayal of black people is racist—and he's probably right. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A mixed bag, unified less by sustained argument than by the author's spleen."
Ishmael Reed is mad. So what else is new? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"It's generally contentious, sometimes confusing- -including some nonsense and noise—but there's real vitality in the chaos."
Who's afraid of hyphenated Americans? Read full book review >

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KEEP CLIMBING, GIRLS by Beah E. Richards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Both a period piece and a shout-out of encouragement, this is sure to find a new, responsive audience. (Picture book. 5-8)"
First published in 1951 by the late actress and poet, Keep Climbing, Girls gets renewed energy from the strong gouache images of Christie and the introduction from Hamilton. Read full book review >