Search Results: "Roxane Orgill"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"Effectively captures the rhythm and the zeitgeist of a special time and place not so long ago."
ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award-winning music critic Orgill celebrates the Depression's big-band soundtrack. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A lively, informative, and enthusiastic title. (Nonfiction.12+)"
Music critic Orgill shares her love of music with her choice of women who influenced the music of their contemporaries and their successors, selecting the women according to her own aesthetic and experience in the music business. Read full book review >

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FOOTWORK by Roxane Orgill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Pair this with aural and visual treats from the performers' stellar careers. (selected bibliography of adult titles, selected discography, suggested films, television, website) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Focusing on Fred and Adele's childhood and acts, Orgill chronicles the siblings' hard work as child dancers on the vaudeville and small-time music-hall circuits. Read full book review >

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JAZZ DAY by Roxane Orgill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Teachers, librarians, jazz-loving families: take note. (author's note, thumbnail bios, note on the photograph's influence, source notes, bibliography) (Poetry. 8-13)"
In 21 poems, Orgill introduces Art Kane's iconic 1958 Harlem photograph to young readers, spotlighting many of the 57 jazz musicians pictured. Read full book review >

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BAD FEMINIST by Roxane Gay
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"An occasionally brilliant, hit-or-miss grab bag of pop-culture criticism."
Essayist, novelist and pop-culture guru Gay (An Untamed State, 2014, etc.) sounds off on the frustrating complexities of gender and race in pop culture and society as a whole. Read full book review >

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DIFFICULT WOMEN by Roxane Gay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Not every story works, but Gay is an admirable risk-taker in her exploration of women's lives and new ways to tell their stories."
A collection of stories unified in theme—the struggles of women claiming independence for themselves—but wide-ranging in conception and form. Read full book review >

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AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A cutting and resonant debut."
A harrowing and emotionally cleareyed vision of one woman's ordeal during and after her kidnapping in Haiti. Read full book review >

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HUNGER by Roxane Gay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath."
A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. Read full book review >

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IF I ONLY HAD A HORN by Roxanne Orgill
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Louis snags himself a nickname) that are electric. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Less prettified than Alan Schroeder's recent Satchmo's Blues (1996), the story of how Louis Armstrong got his first horn. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"While Farmanfarmaian's apparently lifelong ability to perceive events more clearly than others sometimes strains the reader's credulity, this is nevertheless a fascinating look inside a world not well known or understood by Americans. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
In an autobiography coauthored by his daughter, Farmanfarmaian provides intriguing glimpses of upper-class Persian society that more than make up for the occasional ego-stroking. Read full book review >

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THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Lepionka's debut confidently portrays complex characters with multiple, sometimes contradictory, motivations and offers an unusually naturalistic perspective on sexual identity."
A down-and-out private investigator works a case that takes her back to her own past. Read full book review >