Search Results: "Randall Kenan"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 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 TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Emma Randall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A tip of the hat to this delightful rendition of an old song, updated with memorable illustrations and a modern cast of characters. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This handsome rendition of the classic holiday song features a striking black cover with a folk-art-style floral border and the title in gold letters. Read full book review >

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BLOOD HARVEST by Brant Randall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Randall's debut is captivating but lumpy, with the plot often lost in the meanderings of storytellers who spin yarns with more aplomb than variety."
In Prohibition-era New England, a family feud fuels attempted murder and a lynching. 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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DEFENDING THE SPIRIT by Randall Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"At once provoking and poignant, this memoir reminds the reader of the value of getting justice rather than simply getting mad. (First serial to Essence)"
A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at race relations and the ways in which American foreign policy is crafted and, most importantly, changed. 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 >