Search Results: "Nelson Algren"


BOOK REVIEW

AMERICA EATS by Nelson Algren
NON-FICTION
Released: May 29, 1992

"Consider Algren's versions engaging documents and Szathm†ry's doable. (Thirty-five photographs—not seen.)"
In the Thirties, before he made his name with The Man With the Golden Arm, Algren was one of several soon-to-be-famous hungry writers hired by the WPA for the Illinois Writers Project's regional guides. Read full book review >

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THE TEXAS STORIES OF NELSON ALGREN by Nelson Algren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 1995

"The Last Carousel,'' a wonderfully detailed picture of carnival life that effectively showcases the hard-boiled lyricism for which this often underrated writer deserves to be better remembered."
Usually thought of as an urban midwestern realist, Algren (190981) also wrote gritty, cynical accounts of rural poverty and crime set in Texas during, and as transformed by, the Depression years. Read full book review >

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NONCONFORMITY by Nelson Algren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1996

"That said, this is a typically refreshing breath of cigarette-smoke-filled air from one of our most underrated writers, angry and funny as Algren usually is."
A previously unpublished work from the author of The Man With the Golden Arm and other masterful portraits of the seamy underside of urban America. Read full book review >

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IF YOU PLANT A SEED by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though the message is as old as time, its delivery here is fresh and sweet as August corn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nelson spins a gardening metaphor about kindness. Read full book review >

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THE STAR PEOPLE by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An exemplary offering. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Set in the 1800s, this traditional story retold by a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe, tells of Sister Girl and her younger brother, who are caught in the middle of a raging prairie fire. Read full book review >

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NELSON MANDELA by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A beautifully designed book that will resonate with children and the adults who wisely share it with them. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
An inspirational ode to the life of the great South African leader by an award-winning author and illustrator. Read full book review >

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GREET THE DAWN by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2012

"A serene, joyous appreciation of our place in the natural world. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Past and present meet in a hymn to the Lakota Circle of Life. Read full book review >

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QUIET HERO by S.D. Nelson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Hayes's life adds yet another sad chapter to the history of this country's treatment of Native Americans, but other than his courage as a soldier, this gives children no particular reason to admire, or even care particularly, about him. (source list) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Object of a hit song, a 1961 film and studies for adults, but not a separate profile for younger readers, Ira Hayes was less a "true American hero," as Nelson argues, than a tragic figure incapable of handling the fame that was thrust upon him. Read full book review >

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MY SENECA VILLAGE by Marilyn Nelson
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Artfully crafted, an engrossing and important collection of memories and moments from a pivotal time in American history. (foreword, notes on poetic forms) (Historical fiction/poetry. 10 & up)"
The little-known story of the settlement that preceded Central Park. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH by Blake Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"The ending hints at Cali's willingness to take on fresh cases, and readers can only hope that a new teenage private detective series is in the works. (Mystery. 12-18)"
A teenage beach bum turns private eye in this unexpectedly sweet story about friendship and loss from the author of Paranoid Park (2006). Read full book review >

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ON THE VOLCANO by James Nelson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"If you're looking for True Grit, better keep riding. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
It's 1871, and 16-year-old Katie's widowed father, Jack, has raised her all alone on the slopes of a volcano in the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >

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DARKISLE by D.A. Nelson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Complete with kindly old wizards and mean rich girls, Morag's quest is derivative but sweet. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
A light fantasy that rests perhaps too heavily on the shoulders of its forebears and makes ample use of their conventions. Read full book review >