Search Results: "Jacob Lawrence"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT MIGRATION by Jacob Lawrence
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"A splendid and unique visual evocation of a significant historical movement. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Sixty paintings (tempura on gesso; originals 12'' x 18'', some vertical, some horizontal), done in 1940-41, when this fine artist was in his early 20s. Read full book review >

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JOHN BROWN by Gwen Everett
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

It takes searching through three notes—by the chief historian at Harper's Ferry, a curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts (which owns the art), and the editor—plus what seem to be the 1941 paintings' original titles (listed in the back; year given only in jacket copy) to piece together the bases of this powerful presentation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACOB LAWRENCE IN THE CITY by Susan Goldman Rubin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Candlewick's Art for Baby (2009) is a far better choice, inasmuch as it is specifically keyed to babies' neural development. (18-36 mos.)"
A child's voice narrates a sequence of ten paintings by the great African-American artist, with an emphasis on rhythm and onomatopoeia. Read full book review >

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TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE by Walter Dean Myers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Myers makes the story accessible, underplaying the text in light of the expressive paintings. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Myers (Glorious Angels, 1995, etc.), inspired by a series of 1930s paintings by Lawrence, pens a straightforward narrative, subtitled "The Fight for Haiti's Freedom," about the freedom fighter Toussaint L'Ouverture. Read full book review >

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FERALS by Jacob Grey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"This series opener is definitely not for arachnophobes or those easily frightened, but stouthearted readers happy to suspend their disbelief may enjoy the urban setting and fast-paced plot. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
People who can commune with animals populate this urban fantasy for middle-grade readers. Read full book review >

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THE SWARM DESCENDS by Jacob Grey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"Here's hoping the next book offers more nuanced characters and a less calculable plot. (Urban fantasy. 10-14)"
Caw and his friends return in this sequel to Ferals (2015).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE POSER by Jacob Rubin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A strong debut that remains steadily written, even as it drifts away from its best material."
Rubin's debut novel tells an imaginative story of American emptiness. Read full book review >

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THE RECKONING by Jacob Soll
NON-FICTION
Released: April 29, 2014

"An intriguing, well-crafted discussion highlighting a major contribution to political and economic well-being, with an obvious moral for today."
Soll's (History/Univ. of Southern California; The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System, 2009, etc.) double-entry bookkeeping in relation to the political and cultural significance of accounting and the rise and fall of nations and businesses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"If, as Sullum sarcastically concludes, 'freedom is the most pernicious' risk factor for disease and injury in the eyes of antismokers, a more disciplined analysis of smoking in relation to freedom is badly needed. (8 pages b&w photos) (Radio satellite tour)"
A somewhat predictable libertarian attack on antismoking efforts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"A sturdy analysis of neoconservatism in American life."
An in-depth analytical history of neoconservatism and the men and women who created perhaps the most significant foreign-policy shift of the past 25 years. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BIRD'S BAD WORD by Jacob Grant
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"A charming, tender, and ever pertinent life lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little Bird loves to learn new words, especially when they are "big bird" words. Read full book review >