Search Results: "Phillip J. Cooper"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A thoughtful study of an abiding constitutional legacy. (Twenty halftones—not seen.)"
An intelligent and thorough assessment of the legacy of the Supreme Court's famous liberals. Read full book review >

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THE WAKE OF THE WIND by J. California Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A moving story that combines period detail, terse, flavorful language, and a swift plot to create a portrait of a redoubtable family over time."
A lyrical, century-spanning family saga on the lives of several African-American families. Read full book review >

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The Men of the USS Arizona (BB-39) by T. J. Cooper
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2013

"Perhaps too dense for casual readers, but serious history buffs will be astonished."
An exhaustive compendium memorializing every serviceman assigned to the USS Arizona, destroyed by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

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SOME PEOPLE, SOME OTHER PLACE by J. California Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2004

"Stilted prose combines with creaky allegory in a very odd family saga—a mix, perhaps, of Mister Rogers, Roots, and The Good Earth."
A third novel from playwright and storywriter Cooper (The Future Has a Past, 2000, etc.) follows five generations of African-Americans from the Deep South of the Civil War to a Chicago suburb in the 20th century. Read full book review >

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WILD STARS SEEKING MIDNIGHT SUNS by J. California Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2006

"Warm-hearted, earthy and sly. As enjoyable as a favorite relative who has all the dirt on the other family members in the room."
Intimately told contemporary morality tales about the search for love and material success. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2013

"A straightforward, inspirational autobiography geared to those looking to investigate a life in law enforcement."
Reid's debut memoir traces the 36-year arc of his impressive law enforcement career. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2015

"A remarkably exhaustive account of one of the 20th century's—and perhaps the 21st century's as well—most impactful ideologies."
A book offers a comprehensive tour of the history of socialism. Read full book review >

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THE MATTER IS LIFE by J. California Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"Though Cooper occasionally leans too heavily on exclamation marks to indicate exuberance, mainly she brings home simple truths in tones that vary from wildly humorous to poignant."
Cooper's fourth collection (Some Soul to Keep, 1987, etc.): gritty, modern-day folk tales told in a richly lyrical colloquial style, mostly by and about women who are abused or devastated by men and by their environment but who sometimes prevail. Read full book review >

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IN SEARCH OF SATISFACTION by J. California Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Imitative of but in no way equal to Zora Neale Hurston. (Author tour)"
Cooper (The Matter Is Life, 1991, etc.) relates this meandering tale of two half-sisters in a folksy, dialect-strewn voice that is moralistic—and also pretty dull. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2012

"Illuminating Civil War history from an expert in the field."
Cooper (History/Louisiana State Univ.; Jefferson Davis and the Civil War Era, 2008, etc.) shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the American South and the Civil War as he exposes the players who drew the country into war. Read full book review >