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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SORREL by David Randall
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

Despite the title, this third volume in the fantasy series isn't about Sorrel, but about the shapeshifting heroine Clovermead's moral growth, as seen in their evolving relationship. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE by Randall Platt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing addition to Holocaust fiction. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
"Just who are you?…No. What are you?" These questions are at the heart of this survival story set in World War II Warsaw. Read full book review >

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THE END OF TIME by Randall Towe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 29, 2005

"Apocalyptically bad."
A subpar sci-fi update of the Book of Revelation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A superficial examination of the tech elite."
An inside look at a Silicon Valley training program for nascent online companies. Read full book review >

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EXIT MUSIC by Mac Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"Radiohead is important, as these things go, and Randall does a thoughtful, literate job of tracing the group's career over the last decade."
A better-than-average biography of a better-than-average pop band. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF MULHOLLAND by Stephen Randall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Satire that's more affectionate than barbed: a good-humored look at the L.A. that Randall, executive editor of Playboy, grew up in, still lives in, and is titillated by—at both levels."
A witty debut of manners and mores in the author's "two separate Los Angeleses"—separated geographically, demographically and "psychographically." Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN FALLING by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's as if Silvis (Under the Rainbow, 1993, etc.) needed to rub his hero raw before allowing him a frightful release."
Ever read one of those pregnant paragraphs in the newspaper and become convinced beyond all reasoning that you knew the unidentified people it was about? Read full book review >