Search Results: "Mary Frances Berry"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"A David and Goliath story in which Goliath wins."
An African-American washerwoman seeks justice from an entrenched government. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1999

"Her restraint will have won for her the anti-tabloid award of the year."
What a curious and eclectic collection of class, gender, and race courtroom cases! Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 2009

"An unflinching look at America's disengagement with civil rights."
The U.S. Civil Rights Commission's former chairperson cheers what it once was and laments what it has become. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"A book to savor and return to for subsequent readings."
In his foreword, Sorenson, JFK's special counsel, suggests that President Obama's campaign speeches rank him with the oratorical greats, "the first indication that he would rank Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Kennedy." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"An important and comprehensive reference for those involved in both gender battles and the fight for comprehensive child care."
A forceful overview of how what's perceived as good for the child changes as the culture and public-policy change—currently, Berry says, to the detriment of women. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Berry helpfully exposes disturbing facts from across the country. Sadly, solutions cause the corrupt to create new ways to suppress voters, and it's a losing battle when local culture doesn't think it's a crime."
Berry (American Social Thought, History/Univ. of Pennsylvania; We Are Who We Say We Are: A Black Family's Search for Home Across the Atlantic World, 2014, etc.) exposes vote buying and corruption, which is as pervasive as ever. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"This volume will be of considerable interest to students of the Civil War. (32 pages b&w photos and maps, not seen) (Author tour)"
An ably edited collection of letters revealing life on the Civil War home front. Read full book review >

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A PLAGUE OF SORCERERS by Mary Frances Zambreno
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"This well-wrought fantasy features several engaging characters (especially Delia); logically developed, clearly described rules of both light and dark magic; and a plot that hangs together, twisting cleverly at the climax. (Fiction. 11-15)"
The weather's gone oddly awry; Aunt Merovice has been cursed in a sorcerous duel; an oily foreign visitor is slipping around offering bribes to all and sundry; and now a mysterious plague is felling the city's magic workers—what's a poor apprentice magician to do? Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Fast-moving, expertly written, and altogether charming. (Fiction. 10+)"
It's cold and a little lonely in the frozen north as 17- year-old Jermyn Graves continues his education as a spellmaker (he began it in A Plague of Sorcerers, 1991). Read full book review >

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THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1998

"Collier's full-color paintings take advantage of the opportunities for flora and fauna as the garden responds to cultivation and to the turning seasons, but the children's figures seem pasted into the space, and the scenes lack warmth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this bad version of a bad idea, the richly developed classic novel has been squeezed into the picture-book format. Read full book review >

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MARY MILLER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Despite its title, there’s not a lot of happiness going around in Mary Miller’s new collection, Always Happy Hour. “There is nothing more disgusting, really, than people enjoying themselves so thoroughly when you’re miserable,” writes Miller in the book’s opening story, a rather grim yet appropriate introduction to the morbid hilarity that’s to come in the following pages. More ...


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CABINS IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

There were twenty-five letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. Each letter came with a registration ...
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