Search Results: "James Earl Jones"


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VOICES AND SILENCES by James Earl Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"A star is born among the classics on acting. (Three eight-page photo inserts—not seen)"
An autobiography in brief, as well as a supremely rewarding text on acting, by the always brooding, green-eyed black actor today best known as the voice of Darth Vader and the steely, saturnine voice of New Jersey Bell. Read full book review >

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2ND TIME AROUND by James Earl Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A thoroughly fresh presence in an increasingly crowded field."
Hardy's follow-up to 1994's B-Boy Blues preserves the author's rep as a dazzling chronicler of ``street,'' gay, African-American culture. Read full book review >

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THE DAY EAZY-E DIED by James Earl Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A nicely turned, breezy snapshot, displaying most of its virtues in the accumulation of detail—and in the creation of a persuasive milieu among which the modest theme weaves."
A slight but engaging novel about AIDS, gay life, and African-American men in Manhattan. Read full book review >

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The Land of REM by James S. Earl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"A set of bedtime stories for adults that, much like their childhood counterparts, should leave the reader asking for more."
Earl brings dreams, history, and beliefs together across time and space in this debut short story collection, a selection of literary fantasy tales. Read full book review >

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A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME by James Earl Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"From lack of plot to banal dialogue, everything indicates that Hardy has squeezed the last drop out of this provender."
This wisp of a novel is the sixth and final volume in Hardy's B-Boy Blues series, about two gay black men and their friends and families. Read full book review >

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LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH by James Earl Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2002

"Will appeal to Hardy's gay male following, though it remains to be seen whether the author can cross over and attract Harris's larger audience."
The fourth installment in a series that began with the startlingly original B-Boy Blues (1994): but Hardy stumbles when he treads into E. Lynn Harris terrain. Read full book review >

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B-BOY BLUES by James Earl Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Though his characters need work (Raheim is the generic B-boy, Mitchell simply the sum of his opinions), his anger is impressive; Hardy has the makings of a formidable talent."
A professional man's involvement with rough trade (a socially inferior, potentially dangerous sex partner) underscores the precarious position of gay black men in a hostile world in this, a lusty, freewheeling first novel from a young African-American journalist. Read full book review >

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SOME CAME RUNNING by James Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1957

"And it is so badly written that at no moment in its ghastly length does Jones hold out hope that he is likely to write another creditable book."
To all who felt that From Here to Eternity, with all its crudities, nonetheless showed promise in a newcomer, Some Came Running, will be a sharp disappointment. Read full book review >

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FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 1951

"Publisher backing ($10,000 initial advertising); the impact of the book on the first readers; the certain storm of controversy, all make certain a terrific send-off for an impressive first novel."
A controversial reception is a safe prediction for this already heralded first novel — that and a wide market along the lines of The Naked and The Dead. Read full book review >

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THE PISTOL by James Jones
Released: Jan. 12, 1958

"Jones has proved that he doesn't need the false props of salacious depravity to give substance to his characterizations."
Not a major novel this, but those of us who felt that From Here to Eternity showed immense promise and its successor, Some Came Running, was a ghastly letdown, will be heartened. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 10, 1975

"A certain seller nevertheless."
Not just another coffee-table picture book on World War II, but a collection of graphic art accompanied by James Jones' whittlings at his Schtick. Read full book review >

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GO TO THE WIDOW-MAKER by James Jones
Released: April 10, 1967

"Q-ueue up."
Ron Grant, one of the "Chosen" i.e. beautiful people, a successful playwright, is down in Jamaica taking up skin-diving in an attempt to search for his "Manhood." Read full book review >