Search Results: "Ntozake Shange"


BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"The blend of the familiar with the novel is one among many reason Shange's collection remains so compelling to the very end."
paper 0-8070-6221-9 A literary buffet with treats so exquisitely sculpted that Martha Stewart would grimace with envy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Uneven but emotional, grateful and often wise."
Acclaimed playwright Shange (Ellington Was Not a Street, 2004, etc.) offers a collection of personal essays dealing with anger, pride, creativity, family, identity, mental health and love. Read full book review >

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DADDY SAYS by Ntozake Shange
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"While this could be enjoyed by rodeo and horse fans—roping, bronco busting, and barrel racing are described in detail—and fills a niche by portraying African-American girls in a western context, actively riding rodeo, as literature, it fails to score. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Shange's second effort for children deals with longing, memory, and ambition; unfortunately, the quality of writing is not up to the expected brilliance of the author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Read full book review >

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IF I CAN COOK/YOU KNOW GOD CAN by Ntozake Shange
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 1998

"Too scattered to be a memoir and too eccentric to serve as a thorough cookbook, If I Can Cook is nonetheless an entertaining and deeply personal celebration of African-American cuisine and the life (and history) it represents."
A decidedly episodic and savory blend of memoir and cookbook, by the playwright and novelist (Lilianne: Resurrection of the Daughter, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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LILIANE by Ntozake Shange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"Flamboyant, passionate, and richly textured—an original and memorable work. (First printing of 85,000; author tour)"
Poet, playwright, and novelist Shange (Betsey Brown, 1985, etc.) offers a portrait of a young black woman's growing-up in her characteristic confessional-mosaic style, but with a deeper and more contemplative cast than in her earlier works. Read full book review >

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ELLINGTON WAS NOT A STREET by Ntozake Shange
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Exquisite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Deeply colored paintings enrich this homage to African-American men who made history and influenced culture, including Duke Ellington, Paul Robeson, Dizzy Gillespie, and W.E.B. DuBois. Read full book review >

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SOME SING, SOME CRY by Ntozake Shange
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Think of it as Roots with a treble clef—a confident, lively account of love, art and what falls between."
Lyrical multigenerational novel by playwright/author Shange (We Troubled the Waters, 2009, etc.) and her playwright/set designer sister Bayeza. Read full book review >

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WE TROUBLED THE WATERS by Ntozake Shange
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Worthwhile but best for older readers. (Picture book/poetry. 10-14)"
Obie Award-winning playwright Shange teams up with illustrator Brown in this roughly linear collection of art and poetry vignettes from the Civil Rights Movement. Read full book review >

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CORETTA SCOTT by Ntozake Shange
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A double-page spread of freedom marchers carrying American flags silhouetted against a yellow sky will resonate with children and linger in their minds. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
There have been many books written about Martin Luther King Jr., but precious few about Coretta Scott King. Read full book review >

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WHITE WASH by Ntozake Shange
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Young readers will be demolished by what happens to Helene-Angel, and reassured by the reactions and behavior of her grandmother and classmates. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Shange (for adults, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, 1977, etc.) based the Carnegie Medalwinning video—here turned with startling success into a cutting picture book with the cels as illustrations—on a series of true incidents. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM'S A-CALLIN ME by Ntozake Shange
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Inspirational pairings of art and verse to read and recite in tribute to those who walked that perilous road. (Picture book/poetry. 12 & up)"
One slave is the poetic voice for those who toil on a cotton plantation and look to the North Star, following the Underground Railroad to freedom. Read full book review >

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FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY by Ntozake Shange
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

This fervent but sketchy tribute to the world's best known living athlete gives young readers stylized, spray-painted views of a comic book-style superhero with hugely exaggerated muscles and, generally, an open mouth, paired to eye-glazing captions. Read full book review >