Search Results: "Robin D.G. Kelley"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Dense and definitive—best appreciated with a record player handy."
A comprehensive chronicle of the jazz legend's life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"Even Kelley's obvious compassion and excellent research skills are not enough when his analysis of race and class is so clouded by ideology."
A leftist history of unconventional resistance by 20th-century African-Americans to racial, class, and sexual oppression. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A comprehensive and vividly narrated history, enriched by well-chosen illustrations, that is as much an epic-in-progress as a scholarly record. (color and b&w illustrations)"
From historians in the field, ten essays (a few of them pedestrian in style or leftist in perspective) chronologically detailing the history of African-Americans from their arrival in the New World to the present—a dark story, unfortunately, relieved by a few radiant moments of hope. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 3, 2001

"Important material out of the shadows to which so much labor history is exiled."
Top-drawer narrative histories of two important strikes, and a more amorphous consideration of musicians' rights to their work, from three progressive historians. Read full book review >

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THE DOG WHO SAVED SANTA by Y Kelley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Though it's a little strange to see an adolescent slacker Santa, Kelley pulls it off with her droll humor in both text and illustrations, aided by a memorable canine character—who's not done reforming holiday icons yet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this unusual holiday interpretation, Santa is a young and callow fellow who doesn't really care about getting the job done on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

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TWELVE TERRIBLE THINGS by Marty Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Turns the terrible into the terrific. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"I'm warning you. If you turn the page, you are going to see some terrible things." Read full book review >

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SCHOOL LUNCH by True Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2005

"It's hard to say whether this will turn readers on or off school lunches, but worth a laugh nonetheless. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A marvelously cute and clever look at school lunches features Harriet, the school cook who is tired out from trying to please all the kids, so she takes a vacation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"No lugubriousness or false cheerfulness here, but acute observations and astute advice on a difficult topic."
Impressive insights into the experience of dying, offered by two hospice nurses with a gift for listening. Read full book review >

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ALMOST EVERYBODY FARTS by Marty Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A playful, punchy paean to the pervasive poot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What's that smell? Oh how rude! But everybody does it. Read full book review >

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PLEASE PLEASE THE BEES by Gerald Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"This indeed should please the bees! (Picture book. 4-8)"
From his morning toast with honey to a last cup of tea with honey at bedtime, Benedict's fondness for the sticky stuff defines just about everything he does. Read full book review >

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BLABBER MOUSE by Y Kelley
by Y Kelley, illustrated by Y Kelley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"While the intent is good, this lesson misses its mark. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Jokes, poetry, secrets, rumors—Blabber Mouse just can't stop talking. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF DARES FOR LOST FRIENDS by Jane Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"Readers with patience and the willingness to work with the story will find its rewards ample and lasting. (Magical realism. 9-13)"
With the help of Tasman, a singular boy with a troubled history, Val, a good-hearted, well-grounded sixth-grader, tries to harness ancient forces in order to help her best friend, Lanora, whose attempt to "begin again" has gone seriously awry. Read full book review >