Search Results: "Julius Fast"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"This should have been called Sub-par Text."
Fast (What Should We Do About Davey?, 1988; Body Language, 1970, etc.) has little new to offer here, and the repackaged old ideas are padded out with anecdotes that often seem too exactly pertinent to be believable as real happenings. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGE BUILDER'S STORY by Howard Fast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Once more, the message is broadcast at top volume, but Fast has his tolerant, steady following. (First printing 50,000; $75,000 ad/promo)"
The unsinkable Howard Fast, still profitably afloat after nearly five decades in the chancy swells and shallows of popular fiction. Read full book review >

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AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN by Howard Fast
Released: July 1, 1997

"A muted, somewhat puzzling, addenda to a lively (and successful) series. (First printing of 100,000)"
An unexpected sixth novel in Fast's Immigrants saga, issued 12 years after the fifth (and supposedly final) installment, The Immigrant's Daughter (1985). Read full book review >

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GREENWICH by Howard Fast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"And Fast smiles last, this being perhaps his 45th book (or, by another count, his 80th or so)."
Over the years the Fast who first grabbed us with the freshness of Freedom Road, Citizen Tom Paine, and later Spartacus has continued as a civil libertarian, mixing in the occasional novel of sheer macaronic entertainment (throw in anything)—such as his latest. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET APARTMENT by Natalie Fast
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Nonetheless, the protagonist is winning and inventive, and readers will be rooting for her whether she's making a friend, feuding with her stepsister or scheming to free a kidnapped teen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Delightful and surprising, this story starts out being a lightly humorous fish-out-of-water tale about Jillian, an 11-year-old girl still mourning the death of her father and moving to New York City after her mother marries a wealthy widower. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDEMPTION by Howard Fast
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1999

"Still, Fast's followers won—t be disappointed."
A courtroom drama, courtesy of the tireless civil libertarian and novelist, whose recent home runs include The Trial of Abigail Goodman (1993), about the anti-abortion movement; and An Independent Woman (1997), a sixth-volume wrap-up of the Immigrants series. Read full book review >

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THE TRIAL OF ABIGAIL GOODMAN by Howard Fast
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fast, in any event, is donating profits from the book to Planned Parenthood."
That robustly persistent booster of the cause of civil liberties and the brotherhood of man, and author of over 80 published works (most recently, Being Red, 1990), now takes on the cause of women's rights—specifically the right to choose abortion- -and produces a lively courtroom drama, set in an unnamed southern state. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A valiant but ultimately unsatisfying attempt to answer an urgent question."
The antecedents and consequences of some of America's most famous—and horrifying—killings. Read full book review >

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DAY OF TEARS by Julius Lester
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Powerful theater and one of Lester's finest works. (cast of characters, author's note) (Fiction. 12+)"
On a day when rain came down "hard as sorrow," George Weems sets out to sell more slaves at one time than anyone ever had. Read full book review >

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GUARDIAN by Julius Lester
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Eminently moving and highly recommended, especially as an alternative to To Kill a Mockingbird for less able teen readers. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
This slim yet essential new tale of the Jim Crow South unfolds primarily through the eyes of Ansel Anderson, only son of the storekeeper in the small town of Davis. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"A textually meticulous account of the end of days that should appeal to devoted Christians."
An instructional manual targets those preparing for the rapture and the second coming of Christ. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CUPID by Julius Lester
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Useful for analyzing the original tale's moral sketchiness, but a sluggish read. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
This novelization of Cupid and Psyche has too little flavor and too much ego. Read full book review >