Search Results: "Scott A. Williams"


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THE STEPS THEY TOOK by Scott A. Williams
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"The drama of this 12-step recovery story lies too much in sordid events and reportage, and not enough in the observable inner development of its characters."
In Williams' debut novel, two people—a man going through a messy divorce and a suicidal woman—meet and support each other as they both begin recovery from alcoholism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"Still, in all, lively, serious scholarship. (Photographs— not seen.)"
Unauthorized life and career of Richard Pryor set against the careers of many African-American comedians and actors; by the father-son Williams team of novelist John A. (Jacob's Ladder, 1987, etc.) and son Dennis A., a former Newsweek journalist. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A well-told tale of naval exploits in which gold is the MacGuffin."
The history of the sinking of a trans-Atlantic liner and the hunt for the 43 tons of gold it was carrying. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A straightforward scholarly study that concludes with a compelling look at the pervasive harm in stereotypical attitudes and language."
A tidy academic survey of the savage, from the ancient centaurs to today's indigenous tribal peoples. Read full book review >

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CROSSOVER by Dennis A. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Still, in light of recent interest in African- American manhood, a timely and evocative portrait of the black male experience in the formative years."
A solid, insightful debut from Cornell prof and ex-Newsweek editor Williams, chronicling a young black man's political awakening at an Ivy League college during the stormy years of the early 1970's. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2011

"While not groundbreaking, this simple, short book may find an audience with readers looking for hope and a gentle push in a healthy direction."
A wife and mother of six, Williams shares her struggles with food and dieting, and delivers her perspective on the sensitive topic of weight loss. Read full book review >

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SOMEBODY'S CHILD by Dennis A. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Solid, if somewhat humorless, work. (First serial to Essence magazine)"
From the author of Crossover (1992), a competent if heavy- handed celebration of family: a melodramatic second novel that tries to be jazzy in style but often stumbles into jivey shorthand, a clichÇd vocabulary more suited to Afro-American sitcoms than fiction. Read full book review >

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CLIFFORD'S BLUES by John A. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"The tone veers toward the disconcertingly light, but, even so, things remain a long way from Hogan's Heroes."
A first novel by journalist Williams (If I Stop I—ll Die: The Comedy and Tragedy of Richard Pryor, 1991), portraying the travails of a black musician imprisoned in Dachau. Read full book review >

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WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN by John A. Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Even the eroticism grows tedious."
Scott (Blair, 1989) appears to have misplaced his sense of humor in this slight novel, which would more appropriately be titled Men and Women Who Think About Sex Too Much. Read full book review >

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WILSON by A. Scott Berg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Readable, authoritative and, most usefully, inspiring."
Accomplished biographer Berg (Lindbergh, 1998, etc.) emphasizes the extraordinary talents of this unlikely president in an impressive, nearly hagiographic account. Read full book review >

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RESIDENT ON CALL by Scott A. Rivkees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Amusing medical stories as seen through the eyes of a new doctor."
Firsthand accounts of life as a newly graduated pediatric doctor. Read full book review >

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GOLDWYN: A Biography by A. Scott Berg
Released: April 10, 1989

The life of movie empire-builder Samuel Goldwyn, retold expertly by Berg, American Book Award-winner for Max Perkins (1978). Read full book review >