Search Results: "Jackson Lears"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 2009

"Large-scale history with an intimate touch."
A cultural historian looks at America's "age of regeneration" between the end of the Civil War and World War I. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING by Jackson Lears
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Likely to put the casual reader in fear of a pop quiz: well written, but too much of a good thing."
Cultural historian Lears (Fables of Abundance, 1994, etc.) thoughtfully reviews the American reverence for grace, fortune, and luck all the way from primeval casting of lots down to last week's bingo in the church basement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1994

"While Lears's inquiry bears abundant fruit, he has stunted some of his ideas by cramming three books' worth of intellectual goods into one package."
Excessive ambition weighs down this important revisionist history of advertising in the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett's enormous hair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A provocative portrait sure to win as many fans and detractors as its red-hot subject."
A well-rounded treatment of one of baseball's most celebrated and controversial figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAHALIA JACKSON by Nina Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A noteworthy life to share but one more stirring in recordings than on these pages. (resources) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The legendary 20th-century gospel singer takes center stage in a too-short song of praise. Read full book review >

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JESUS JACKSON by James Ryan Daley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Smart and sweet, comforting and moving. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When high school football hero Ryan Stiles is found dead at the bottom of a ravine, the only person not consumed by grief is his younger brother. Read full book review >

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ANDREW JACKSON by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"Brands illuminates the life of an American original while shedding light on such matters as the conquest of Texas and the origins of the Civil War. A pleasure for history buffs."
Industrial-strength historian Brands (Lone Star Nation, 2004, etc.), prolific in the Ambrose-McCullough vein, turns his attention to oft-overlooked Old Hickory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALIBUT JACKSON by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Nevertheless, Halibut Jackson's transformation pushes the limits of believability. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A shy boy comes out of his shell in this unusual debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STONEWALL JACKSON by Lynda Pflueger
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Nevertheless, this provides a solid basis for research, and may find fans among Civil War enthusiasts as well. (maps, b&w photos, not seen, chronology, notes, further reading, glossary, index) (Biography. 11+)"
First in the Historical American Biographies series, this story of one of the South's most talented generals begins with his famous Battle of Bull Run, then flashes back to highlights in his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACKSON STREET by John A. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"An impressively serious and professional debut from a man who served in Vietnam himself and obviously knows whereof he writes."
A few of these gritty tales about military men have appeared in literary magazines, but they deserve a wider audience. Read full book review >