Search Results: "Rodney Pate"


BOOK REVIEW

JOE LOUIS, MY CHAMPION by William Miller
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Both text and oil-on-canvas-paper illustrations go for the obvious angle, making the effort as a whole worthy, but just a little too heavy-handed. (Picture book. 5-8)"
One of the watershed moments in African-American history—the defeat of James Braddock at the hands of Joe Louis—is here given an earnest picture-book treatment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Unconvincing as an all-encompassing theory of monotheism, but refreshing and moving as a plea for pluralism. (24 halftones)"
An uneven but often provocative assessment of the significance of monotheism as a force in the history of religion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2016

"A book in which the author's fascinating, well-researched ideas regarding holistic health may presage a paradigm shift in medicine."
Fully 90 percent of human cells are microbial. This astonishing fact means that we are not merely human but a superorganism whose "microbiome" plays a major role in health and disease. Read full book review >

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CHINABERRY SIDEWALKS by Rodney Crowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"An unbalanced, frequently depressive autobiography that primarily focuses on the past, leaving little room for the author's resoundingly successful present."
A Grammy-winning singer/songwriter reveals the early genesis of his family, predating a marriage to Rosanne Cash (whose 2010 memoir, Composed, is a can't-miss) and the ascent to musical stardom. Read full book review >

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EARLY BIRD by Rodney Rothman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2005

"Witty and conversational prose, peppered alternately with sarcasm and compassion: easy, enjoyable reading."
A former comedy writer for David Letterman does some up-close research on a common South Florida species—the senior citizen retiree—with "findings" more suited to stand-up routine than anthropological tome. The result: lighthearted fluff with a flair, and not without its educational value. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 13, 2005

"An intriguing, if at times over-reaching work."
A panoramic study of Western history, designed to draw a connection between Christianity and the rise of democracy and capitalism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"This will be an indispensable source when Lonetree emerges from jail this year."
One of the more esoteric pleasures of the end of the Cold War is the ability to get nearer the truth on espionage cases, and Barker has made the most of it in a deft, fast-paced, and balanced account of the US Marine guards scandal of 1987. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Corporate America & The N-Word by James Rodney
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"A compelling though unpolished analysis of racially motivated workplace harassment and its potential remedies."
A bleak recounting of harassment endured by African-Americans in the workplace over the last two decades. Read full book review >

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WEST OF REHOBOTH by Alexs D. Pate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2001

"What Pate, writing from the heart, makes particularly vivid is the way endemic, inescapable racism suffocates and ruins."
A profoundly affecting story about a bright black kid's first brushes with bigotry, in a fifth novel from the award-winning author of The Multicultiboho Sideshow (1999), etc. Read full book review >

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FINDING MAKEBA by Alexs D. Pate
Released: Jan. 3, 1997

"A topical but effectively engrossing read by an author with the ability to say things in a new way."
Journal entries in the form of letters to a father from his daughter, along with an imaginary dog/wolf named Mate who symbolizes the forces that drive couples apart, help Pate (Losing Absalom, not reviewed) establish himself as a stylistic innovator who can also tell a story—in this case about the as yet largely uncharted territory of modern-day African-American fatherhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"A thoughtful and important social document full of deep human insight; essential reading to understand the present-day lives of Native Americans."
Masterful account of the torture/murder of three Navajos by white teenagers. Read full book review >