Search Results: "Randall Kenan"


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JAMES BALDWIN by Randall Kenan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Further Reading'' (adult); chronology; index. (Biography. YA)"
A vivid, intelligent portrait of the outstanding author and African American, first of Chelsea's Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians. Read full book review >

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LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD by Randall Kenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"A wildly uneven but always original portrait of a southern community—and a stimulating collection of tales by a courageous and humorous author."
Kenan follows his first novel (Visitation of the Spirits, 1989) with a captivating, baroque history of fictional Tims Creek, North Carolina, whose citizens—both black and white—have experienced more than their share of unearthly wonders. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Definitely worth reading, even though it's not always clear whether this is powerful introspection or self-indulgence."
A personal meditation in the guise of a search for the essential nature of the black community in America. Read full book review >

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THE CROSS OF REDEMPTION by James Baldwin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"There are too many ephemeral or weakly written pieces to appeal beyond Baldwin's devoted admirers, but the best of the '60s essays underscore the reasons his work endures."
A grab bag of pieces from novelist and firebrand Baldwin (1924-1987), varying in quality but marked by his trademark ferocity. Read full book review >

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THE QUEST FOR A MORAL COMPASS by Kenan Malik
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An excellent survey for intermediate students of philosophy and a fine course in self-education for general readers."
God is dead, says Nietzsche. Nietzsche is dead, says God. Dead or not, Nietzsche is wrong, writes British neurobiologist and philosopher Malik—and so is sophist Thrasymachus, for that matter. Read full book review >

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THE BOSNIA LIST by Kenan Trebincevic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An engaging memoir of war trauma and the redemption to be found in confronting it."
With the assistance of Shapiro (Journalism/The New School; Unhooked: How to Quit Anything, 2012, etc.), Trebincevic returns to the scene of childhood trauma during the Bosnian War of the early 1990s. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"A rigorous textual juxtaposition of two faiths, marred by uneven writing."
A comparative study of Christianity and Islam that seeks to spell out terms of reconciliation between the two religions. Read full book review >

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SOUTH OF GOOD by Randall Reneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An effervescent ride chock-full of memorable action and characters."
A Texas sheriff tries to take down a drug lord pushing cocaine across the Mexican-U.S. border and winds up dodging bullets in Cuba and the Cayman Islands in Reneau's (Ruby Silver, 2014, etc.) latest thriller. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"A carefully calculated, sober discussion of why race will continue to haunt American politics."
The bestselling author of Nigger (2002) explores the racial issues surrounding President Obama's election and administration. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF THE DEAD by Thomas Randall
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"While a rather mediocre horror offering that tends to rely too heavily on plot to drive its action forward, it does incorporate many elements of contemporary Japanese culture and thus may appeal to those with an interest in it, especially manga fans. (Horror. YA)"
Newly transplanted to Japan, 16-year-old blond-haired, blue-eyed Kara Foster is a gaijin, or outsider. Read full book review >