Search Results: "Mark Kram Jr."


BOOK REVIEW

LIKE ANY NORMAL DAY by Mark Kram Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2012

"A heartbreaking story of love and dedication told with remarkable compassion and literary skill."
Philadelphia Daily News writer Kram explores the complicated relationships among family, love, duty and assisted suicide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREAT MEN DIE TWICE by Mark Kram Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A solid introduction to an important sportswriter."
Edited by his son, Kram Jr. (Like Any Normal Day, 2012), this is the first collection of work from one of the more literary sportswriters of the 1960s and '70s, whose mixed legacy leaves a hole at the center of this volume.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, in a century that ultimately saw the Supreme Court take the lead in fighting institutionalized racism, this case was a watershed and deserves our attention."
Welcome to an overlooked chapter in American history. Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BROWN SUGAR BABIES by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"No candy is sweeter than these scrumptious babies in all of their delicious colors. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Poet-photographer, Smith (Tall Tales, p. 124) offers a delectable assortment of chubby-fisted, cherub-cheeked, African-American babies. Read full book review >

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RIMSHOTS by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Smith closes with another tribute, to the African-American athletes, musicians, and artists who have meant the most to him. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Mixing poetry, memoir, short fiction, and photography, Smith pays a fast-break tribute to the pleasures and pains of b-ball, from being benched (" ‘Please Put Me In, Coach!!' "); to playing "Hot Like Fire," on the way to scoring 65 points; remembering "the time when my dad could no longer play one on one; or how a new kid, "Meek," proved himself on the court, once he was given a chance. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IS FOR THE BIRDS by Jr. Mazzola
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"High- resolution digital illustrations painted onscreen using a personal computer are detailed with the precision of a photograph, appropriate for identification but lacking a heartbeat. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An effective beginning backyard-bird book is muddied with the addition of poetry and counting to its equation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SEA OF GRASS by Jr. Dvorak
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"List of prairie preserves and restorations. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
In outstanding color photos accompanied by a spare descriptive text, a naturalist whose specialty is the prairie depicts a year in the tallgrass prairie that once extended west from Ohio. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A final full page of author acknowledgments and thanks would have been better utilized with basic information about the choir and its significant location. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Thirteen poems about vocal music focus on the world renowned Boys Choir of Harlem, with photographs of choir members by Smith (Loki and Alex: The Adventures of a Dog and His Best Friend, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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CODE OF CONDUCT by Jr. Alvarez
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Lifeless prose in a memoir that also lacks the excitement, drive, and focus of self-discovery. (Photographs—not seen.)"
What it was like to return to civilian life after eight and a half years as a POW, told blandly by Alvarez (Chained Eagle, YA, 1989—not reviewed), with help from Schreiner (A Place Called Princeton, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINNING WORDS by Jr. Smith
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"The immediacy of the storytelling and the lively format will attract young sports buffs looking for something different. (author's note) (Short stories. 9 & up)"
Six sports stories center on inspirational quotations. Read full book review >