Search Results: "Rawn James Jr."


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"A compelling portrait of a conflicted feminist."
Finely detailed biography of a woman whose ascension as a cult figure writing as a man was the most visible facet of her fascinating and, in the end, tragic life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Despite occasional lapses into purple prose, a generally informative, readable account of the struggle, in Marshall's words, 'to eliminate root and branch all vestiges of racial discrimination.'"
Admiring double biography of the two NAACP lawyers—Charles Hamilton Houston (1895-1950) and Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993)—who led the long legal battle to end segregation in the United States. Read full book review >

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THE PRESIDENCY OF JAMES EARL CARTER, JR. by Burton I. Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"The question never dealt with here is whether Carter's traditional honesty and ethics simply were out of tune with a nation preferring to avoid energy reform, the legacy of Vietnam, and the implications of Watergate—a nation waiting for Ronald Reagan."
Jimmy Carter as failed President. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"An inspiring story spanning parts of five centuries as African-Americans pushed back against the powers that be to achieve more-or-less equal treatment inside the military."
An expansive history of African-Americans in the U.S. military, fighting for fair treatment as they risked their lives at war. Read full book review >

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GOD JR. by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A refreshing departure from the obsessive redundancy of its predecessors. Probably Cooper's best yet."
And now for something different from the master of homosexual punk sadomasochism. Read full book review >

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WITTGENSTEIN JR by Lars Iyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Pieced together from terse vignettes and enlivened with a liberal scattering of exclamation points, the novel teeters between exaggerated gloom and moments of true tenderness. Existential angst is rarely this entertaining."
An enigmatic young philosophy lecturer infuriates, intrigues and ultimately beguiles his Cambridge University students in this droll love story about logic and learning from Iyer (Philosophy/Newcastle Univ.; Exodus, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Blending scholarship and ironic detachment, an admirably balanced treatment of a politician who provoked anything but objectivity during his Marion Barry-like career. (Thirty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The first full-length biography—and likely the authoritative one for years to come—of the flamboyant black congressman who, as civil-rights gadfly and as libertine, exemplified the gap between our nation's ideals and practices that was given a name in Gunnar Myrdal's ``American Dilemma.'' Blessed with good looks, eloquence, and a bully pulpit (he succeeded his father as head of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the nation's largest black congregation), Powell became ``Mr. Civil Rights'' in the pre-King era by combining agitation and electoral politics. Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >