Search Results: "Rawn James Jr."


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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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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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REUNION by James Kennedy George, Jr.
Released: Jan. 6, 2012

"A novel about wounding family relationships that would have benefited from probing the wounds more."
A 60-year-old man comes to terms with growing up with an alcoholic father in George's debut novel. Read full book review >

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EXILES by Melanie Rawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A story packed with Mages and devoid of magic."
Rawn (Skybowl, 1993, etc.) makes a strong bid to establish herself as the Rube Goldberg of fantasy as she embellishes her account of revolution on the planet Lenfell with an excess of explication, minor characters, and details (some explored in an ``index'' too spotty to be useful) that ensure the plot mechanism never gets out of first gear. Read full book review >

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TOUCHSTONE by Melanie Rawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Youthful melodrama without catharsis."
The play's the thing: new fantasy series about a magical theater company, from the author of The Golden Key (1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2008

"A readable, enjoyable, even believable book whose greatest value is the promotion of unbiased critical analysis."
Challenging evolution and creationism, Strickling concludes that Earth's past, including the creation of life, is largely shaped by the planet's history of catastrophic events. Read full book review >

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A RIFT IN THE EARTH by James Reston Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The Vietnam Memorial, with Lin's wall as the centerpiece (but with a series of compromises also put in place), is one of the most striking features on the National Mall. As this relatively brief but powerful book shows, this outcome was far from a foregone conclusion."
A gripping history of the fights over how to memorialize the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Valuable for medical school students as well as general memoir fans."
In his debut memoir, a retired neurosurgeon reflects on medical history, his varied career and personal matters. Read full book review >

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LOCKING UP OUR OWN by James Forman Jr.
Released: April 18, 2017

"Certain to stir debate, this book offers an important new perspective on the ongoing proliferation of America's 'punishment binge.'"
A sharp analysis of how African-Americans, due to "profound levels of pain, fear, and anger" over crime and violence in their neighborhoods, have helped shape U.S. policies leading to mass incarceration. Read full book review >

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LUTHER’S FORTRESS by James Reston Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An intensive journey inside Luther's thinking as it was forming in opposition to the church."
An engaging study of a short but explosive period in the life of the great reformer and translator of the Bible. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Well-intentioned yet ultimately flawed examination of the creative force unleashed through forgiveness."
A pastor uses field theory to expound on the power of forgiveness and the potency of creativity. Read full book review >