Search Results: "Muriel Branch"


BOOK REVIEW

JUNETEENTH by Muriel Miller Branch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Sketchy information on how to organize a celebration appears; the book makes use of excellent black-and- white reproductions and amateurish, badly cropped contemporary photographs. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A book with an inviting format just adequately explains the African-American celebration and its origins in Texas of the 1900s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Miller's is a unique contribution, filling a significant gap in African-American history; the book should be on every shelf. (b&w photographs, reproductions, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
``Gullah is both a language and a people,'' Miller states in her first book, and she goes on to explore the history, heritage, and culture of these descendants of slaves in a mix of memoir and workmanlike exposition. ``Gullah'' refers to the mix of English and West African languages as well as the 150,000 African-Americans who live along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, especially on the Sea Islands. Read full book review >

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Muriel Spark  by Linette Arthurton Bruno
Released: March 23, 2013

"With the tenor of a thoroughly researched student essay, this insightful book will appeal to fans eager to learn more about a talented author."
An informed yet dry scholarly essay examining the significance of time in Muriel Spark's fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A map of Richmond would have been a nice addition. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Told in a series of letters between young freed slave Liza Bowser and Miss Bet (Elizabeth L. Van Lew), who freed young Liza and sent her from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia to be educated, this is fiction based on facts. Read full book review >

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THE BRANCH by Mireille Messier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Brimming with personality and passion, this protagonist is a joy to know. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Introductory scenes present a young pink-skinned girl with a brown pageboy struggling to fall asleep as she tracks the sights and sounds of the ice storm at her window. Read full book review >

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RED BRANCH by Morgan Llywelyn
Released: March 21, 1989

The contemporary bard of ancient Ireland checks into Erin once again, this time just before the Birth of Christ, to spin the tale of the legendary hero Cuchulain, the dauntless Hound of Ulster. Read full book review >

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BRANCH RICKEY by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2011

"Quirky, idiosyncratic, oddly balanced and surpassingly entertaining."
This entry in the Penguin Lives series focuses on Branch Rickey's game-changing efforts to bring Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, shattering baseball's race barrier. Read full book review >

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THE RED BRANCH TALES by Randy Lee Eickhoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Eickhoff's translations are fluid and easy, but this is a rarefied work that will appeal almost solely to scholars and serious Celtophiles."
New translations by veteran Celtic scholar Eickhoff (The Destruction of the Inn, 2001, etc.) of more than 30 early Irish tales and fragments. Read full book review >

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THE ALMANAC BRANCH by Bradford Morrow
Released: June 1, 1991

"Plotted for maximum tease value to entice the reader on this convoluted journey but offering too little rewardperhaps because there's not enough substance to this particular rich and neurotic family."
Morrow's teasing, psychologically dense second novel (after Come Sunday, 1988)about the neurotic lives of a rich American familybetrays its early promise in favor of endless literary avant-garde posturing. Read full book review >

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THE WAY OF THE WILLOW BRANCH by Emery Bernhard
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"The overall effect is serene but cool, distancing even to those who appreciate the idea behind the book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The eventful journey of a willow branch that is snapped from a tree in a storm. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Despite occasional lapses into purple prose, a generally informative, readable account of the struggle, in Marshall's words, 'to eliminate root and branch all vestiges of racial discrimination.'"
Admiring double biography of the two NAACP lawyers—Charles Hamilton Houston (1895-1950) and Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993)—who led the long legal battle to end segregation in the United States. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Most of the criticism here goes to Republicans—largely because they are in power—but the wealth of detail offered by Mann and Ornstein gives partisanship a good name."
The United States Congress has ceased to be a deliberative body, according to two eminent political scientists with some ideas about how to fix it. Read full book review >