Search Results: "Mason B. Williams"


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CITY OF AMBITION by Mason B. Williams
NON-FICTION
Released: May 28, 2013

"Perhaps too detailed, but a useful contribution to an already rich literature."
A thoroughgoing, sometimes plodding account of the first major federal bailout of New York, one met with happier tidings than the equivalent of that old headline reading, "Ford to City: Drop Dead." Read full book review >

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WITHOUT ANNETTE by Jane B. Mason
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 31, 2016

"Based on the author's own experiences in boarding school, a landmark lesbian love story set in a narrow slice of white privilege. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In her debut for teens, Mason pens a novel about small-town longings and circumstances compelling a young person to find a safe place to simply be. Read full book review >

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LUCKY SONG by Vera B. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The overall effect is as lively and spontaneous as a child's perfect day—and that makes this a very lucky song for readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Lucky Erie—what she wants, she gets. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 1990

"Perfect to share at bedtime with baby or toddler."
Three wonderfully simple vignettes that speak volumes through their juxtaposition. Read full book review >

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Released: April 18, 1988

"This is a curiosity, but a charming one, just right to pore over with a favorite person—it takes a while to discover all those delicious details."
Using a series of postcards supplemented by pages from a family photo album, the Williamses take us on a journey with a boy (7 or 8?), his adult brother, Fred, and the family dog, from their home in Kansas to the Pacific. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A wonderful story, brilliantly told. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Amber and Essie are two loving sisters living in a city apartment with their hardworking but poor mother. Read full book review >

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SCOOTER by Vera B. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Disarming in its apparent simplicity, an upbeat, innovative, delightfully engaging, and beautifully crafted first novel about everyday life in the inner city. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In a narrative akin, in its liveliness and immediacy, to Williams's Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea (1988), Elana Rose Rosen describes her first "2 months + 1 week or 9 weeks + 6 days or...5,961,600 seconds" in Melon Hill, an urban complex where she and her mom share one-room apartment 8E. Read full book review >

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A CHAIR FOR ALWAYS by Vera B. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"As the narrative weaves all the stories together, Williams's inimitable gouache illustrations personalize the family members in this very satisfying tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yes, good things do come to those who wait! Read full book review >

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SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ME by Vera B. Williams
Released: April 18, 1983

"The warm intensity of feeling and the juicy expressive colors throughout make every page a gift."
The family money jar that paid for A Chair for My Mother is filling up again, and this time it will go for a birthday present for Rosa. Read full book review >

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CHERRIES AND CHERRY PITS by Vera B. Williams
Released: Oct. 20, 1986

"Unfortunately, the final lines present a limp conclusion to an otherwise strong story, but the overall impact, like the cherries, is delicious."
In this ingeniously executed series of stories within a story a young black child shares herself, her art and cherries with the world. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 25, 1980

"Though tricky and pleasant, they seem better suited to birthday-party paper table ware than to hard-cover production."
99 watermelons, two large honeydew melons, 100 birthday children, 1000 guests, and no story whatever. Read full book review >

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A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER by Vera B. Williams
Released: Oct. 1, 1982

"It's rare to find so much vitality, spontaneity, and depth of feeling in such a simple, young book."
A tender knockout—from the author/illustrator of, most recently and auspiciously, Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe. Read full book review >