Search Results: "James A. Baker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BAKER by Paul Hond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"A bright Beaujolais of a book: fresh, optimistic, and sophisticated enough to satisfy on many levels."
A debut novel that transforms the terror of working-class, inner-city race relations into an upbeat examination of love, loss, and father-son bonding. Read full book review >

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A SPY CALLED JAMES by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"With new historical narratives complicating the period for adults, this well-meant picture book comes off as timid rather than disruptive, leaving children with the usual incomplete story, albeit with an African-American protagonist. (further reading) (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Built from an exhaustive search of a mostly unwritten history, Rockwell's account recasts the American Revolution from the experience of one of the courageous thousands who fought to gain independence from British rule—an independence that did not equate to freedom for the enslaved black population. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2005

"Anger may be a part of life, but excessive rage is not. Baker is a capable guide to overcoming the anger habit."
Step-by-step anger management. Read full book review >

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TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VANDERZEE by Andrea J. Loney
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"A fascinating look at the development of early photography, the life of an African-American artist, and the world of the Harlem Renaissance. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
It happened with a click! Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Although Gordon works hard to detach Minny and Fenimore from James's shadow, she can't quite unravel his strategies to keep his private life private. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sharply observed but ultimately frustrated view of the Master, as reflected through the lives of one woman who inspired his art and another who shared in his dedication to fiction. Read full book review >

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JAMES BALOG'S ANIMALS A TO Z by James Balog
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Though a few of the critters look cut-and-pasted, this board-book bestiary is fairly breathtaking. (Picture book. 1-4)"
James Balog's Animals A To Z ($7.95; June 1996; 26 pp.; 0-8118- 1339-8): In the striking, tack-sharp photographs of this animal ABC, creatures look out from the pages as if wishing to commune with readers. Read full book review >

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Released: April 28, 1989

A Jewish version of Chinese fortune cookies. Read full book review >

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BAKER TOWERS by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying."
An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga about a small coal-mining community in western Pennsylvania that shows how talented she really is. Read full book review >

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JAMES WELLS OF MONTANA by James A. Franks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1997

"But these are rare shining moments in a book that swiftly goes from bad to—dagnab it—plain unreadable. (5 b&w photos)"
An inept recounting of a Montana pioneer's glory days. Read full book review >