Search Results: "Rod Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 1994

"But Owens allows amateur psychological conjecture to intrude on his day-to-day, procedural work on the case. (Eight pages b&w insert—not seen)"
An inside look at the Rodney King case, the ensuing trials, and the L.A. riots that followed, by the private detective hired by King's attorney to investigate the police officers' conduct and provide security for the beleaguered beating victim. Read full book review >

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WE TROUBLED THE WATERS by Ntozake Shange
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Worthwhile but best for older readers. (Picture book/poetry. 10-14)"
Obie Award-winning playwright Shange teams up with illustrator Brown in this roughly linear collection of art and poetry vignettes from the Civil Rights Movement. Read full book review >

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FROM SLAVE SHIP TO FREEDOM ROAD by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Readers who make that effort will be amply rewarded. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-12)"
In a stirring picture book for older readers, Lester (Sam and the Tigers, 1996, etc.) creates meditations on the journey of Africans to slavery, on the lives of people held as slaves, and on runaways, the Civil War, and the meaning of freedom. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM'S A-CALLIN ME by Ntozake Shange
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Inspirational pairings of art and verse to read and recite in tribute to those who walked that perilous road. (Picture book/poetry. 12 & up)"
One slave is the poetic voice for those who toil on a cotton plantation and look to the North Star, following the Underground Railroad to freedom. Read full book review >

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR - #RITAGH
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s an exciting week in the romance world! On Tuesday, RWA announced the finalists in the RITA and Golden Heart contests. (You can find the full list here.)

For those of you who may not know, the Golden Heart is Romance Writers of America’s contest for unpublished authors.

Some of my favorite authors and friends of Read-A-Romance made the RITA ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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IN FULL FLIGHT WITH GREG PIZZOLI
by Julie Danielson

The start of a new year is always exciting for readers. We envision brand-spankin’-new books from our favorite authors and new artwork from illustrators whose work we love to see. Look past our shoulders and you’ll see crossed fingers that our favorite writers and artists have something in store for us.

Most surprising of all is when we get ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2006

"A revealing and nuanced view of recent French history."
Plus ça change, plus ça change: The France of 2005 is far different from the France of a century before, though both agree that anything that is not French is suspect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLY SUNDAY by Rod Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 1996

"Still, the primary setting, an ancient forest in summer where pleasure and horror can almost merge, makes the presence of the past keenly felt."
Australian writer Jones (Julia Paradise, 1987) wades into the murky past, recruits three historical figures as his protagonists, and returns with a mottled, half-throttled view of malaise and mystery in the Great Northern Woods of Wisconsin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1994

"With rich allusions to myth, superstition, religion, anthropology, a challenging and rewarding book, well worth the stretch it requires."
In this challenging, provocative, and original multi- disciplinary study, Mengham (English/Cambridge) goes beyond linguistics, semantics, and philology, to consider language in the evolution of social life, from its mystical role in religion to its historical one in culture and its material one in economics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A fine work of history. (maps, not seen)"
War still makes rattling good history, especially in the hands of a skilled storyteller like Gragg (Confederate Goliath, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A provocative, well-told story of love at all costs and an incisive examination of the continued violation of women's rights in Afghanistan."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist's account of how two young Afghanis from warring ethnic clans risked disgrace and death to wed each other.Read full book review >