Search Results: "James Oakes"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 10, 2012

"A useful contribution to the literature about slavery and the Civil War."
A finely argued book about how the destruction of slavery involved much more than Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Read full book review >

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THE SCORPION'S STING by James Oakes
NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 2014

"A wordy yet interesting book that clearly shows the deep divisions that were the real causes of the Civil War."
Addresses Oakes (Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, 2012, etc.) delivered for the Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures at Louisiana State University are the basis for this book about the attempts to eliminate slavery while avoiding war in the United States. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"A readable account of the intersection of Lincoln and Douglass's careers, but an even better demonstration of the interplay between the agendas of passionate, single-minded reformers who prepare the public for change, and the talented politicians who master the art of the possible."
A sharp analysis by Oakes (History/City University of New York; Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South, 1998, etc.) of how Lincoln the politician and Douglass the reformer worked, separately and together, to abolish slavery in America. Read full book review >

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THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 9, 2015

"Dark and not just a little sensational but hugely involving nevertheless. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl who has just escaped a destructive cult after her hands were cut off lives in juvenile detention, found guilty of assault, a crime she indeed did commit. Read full book review >

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DRAGON’S EYE by Andy Oakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2004

"A masterly depiction of modern Shanghai and an admirable hero fall victim to excessive length and intrusive, improbable American politics."
High-level corruption and the chaos of modern China darken the perilous life of an honest policeman investigating a gruesome multiple murder. Read full book review >

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THE ARSONIST by Stephanie Oakes
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A convoluted mystery that flavors the darkness of Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity (2012) with the contrivances of Scooby Doo. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Fire forges historical and contemporary connections among three troubled teens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON’S EYE by Andy Oakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2004

"A masterly depiction of modern Shanghai and an admirable hero fall victim to excessive length and intrusive, improbable American politics."
High-level corruption and the chaos of modern China darken the perilous life of an honest policeman investigating a gruesome multiple murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2009

"While its premises and conclusion may be sound, the book suffers too much in execution to be persuasive."
Kitchen Sink magazine co-founder Oakes (Writing/Univ. of California; Telegraph, 2007) attempts to unpack the social trends behind the term "indie." Read full book review >

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QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes
Released: May 6, 2014

"A wonderfully entertaining twist on an old classic."
A story set in the world of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as seen from a very different perspective. Read full book review >

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STARS by Colleen Oakes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals—of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid—are riveting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The fashion for grimdark retellings of childhood classics tackles Peter Pan in the first of a trilogy.Read full book review >