Search Results: "Michael Williams"


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DIAMOND BOY by Michael Williams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A haunting, harrowing tale guaranteed to give 'bling' a whole new meaning. (author notes, glossary). (Fiction. 12-18)"
In this sprawling, messy but compelling epic, a teenager and his family join other desperate Zimbabweans seeking a future in Marange's diamond mines. Read full book review >

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NOW IS THE TIME FOR RUNNING by Michael Williams
ADVENTURE
Released: July 5, 2011

"Williams, a renowned dramatist, gives readers compelling characters and, in simple language, delivers a complicated story rooted—sadly and upliftingly—in very real events. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A harrowing tale of modern Zimbabwe. Read full book review >

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INTO THE VALLEY by Michael Williams
FICTION
Released: June 23, 1993

"Winner of South Africa's 1990 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature. (Fiction. 12+)"
Walter, a 16-year-old South African whose brother has just died in a military accident, is troubled by how little he knows about what goes on in his own country. Read full book review >

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ALLAMANDA by Michael Williams
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"What with the sumptuous backdrop, gaps in logic, glacially slow pace, and plethora of poetry, fans of the previous book should feel right at home."
The fantasy saga of the Hawken family continues, ten years after the events of Arcady (1996). Read full book review >

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CROCODILE BURNING by Michael Williams
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

Seraki's Soweto life takes a new direction when, almost by accident, he lands a part in a musical drama. Read full book review >

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THE GENUINE HALF-MOON KID by Michael Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 1994

"Some poignant moments and a rather dark sense of humor help to tie the disparate elements together. (Fiction. YA)"
The hunt for a mysterious yellowwood box becomes a Capetown teenager's quest for identity in this busy story from the author of Crocodile Burning (1992). Read full book review >

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ARCADY by Michael Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1996

"A shame, though, about the long-winded narrative, unevocative prose, and whimsical plotting."
In a futuristic fantasy from paperback author Williams, set millennia after some disaster has destroyed a technological civilization, a huge poetic jumble (drawn principally from William Blake's prophetic books), known as the Text, is accepted as holy writ and considered to possess magical properties. Read full book review >

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AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM by Dale Maharidse
Released: May 31, 1989

A stunning, multilayered follow-up to Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee's classic portrait—with photographs by Walker Evans—of white sharecropper families in the Depression South. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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MOVING by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A familiar drama, developed with unusual sensitivity and style. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A cat that treasures its independence (``No one knows what I do./No one knows where I go'') and its freedom to choose when to join its humans (``they have me to tickle,/I have their laps'') suffers the indignities of a move. Read full book review >