Search Results: "Sheneska Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE by Sheneska Jackson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1996

A seamless, convincing, and gruelingly honest first novel, by the 25-year-old Jackson, portrays worlds known to many Americans only through the evening news. Read full book review >

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BLESSINGS by Sheneska Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"But breezy, clichÇ-ridden prose and facile observations on politics and love dilute whatever impact the story might have had. (First printing of 60,000)"
An overly slick third novel from Jackson (Li'l Mama's Rules, 1997, etc.) focuses in a rather programmatic way on the reproductive lives of four women—three black and one white. Read full book review >

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LI'L MAMA'S RULES by Sheneska Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"The story would have been more convincing, though, if Jackson had resisted the temptation to preach. (Author tour)"
Jackson's second (after Caught Up in the Rapture, 1996) again explores the intricacies of dating and relationships in the '90s, predominately among middle-class African Americans, with some wry- -and eminently universal—observations on the battle between the sexes (``It's all in the mind, not the behind''). Read full book review >

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JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett's enormous hair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A provocative portrait sure to win as many fans and detractors as its red-hot subject."
A well-rounded treatment of one of baseball's most celebrated and controversial figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A consistently interesting biography that deftly captures the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original."
An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Read full book review >

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JACKSON, 1964 by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Haunting pieces that show how our window on the past is often a mirror."
A veteran reporter collects some significant pieces about race that originally appeared in the New Yorker, his publishing home since 1963. Read full book review >

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Jackson Place by John H. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2014

"An artfully rendered, suspenseful look at an imaginary turn in Nixon's presidency."
A historical novel that cleverly postulates an alternate reality in which President Richard Nixon refuses to resign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDREW JACKSON by Sean Wilentz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2006

"A worthy introduction to the Age of Jackson, now receiving increased attention from historians."
Old Hickory was a man of actions, not ideas—but a better president than past historians have held. Read full book review >

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JACKSON PARK by Charlotte Carter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"As in Nanette Hayes's more lighthearted adventures, the language is as colorful as the parade of local characters. Carter crams in perhaps more subplots than her story can support, but not too many to dislodge gutsy Cass as the real star."
First in a new series by the creator of New York street musician Nanette Hayes (Coq au Vin, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAHALIA JACKSON by Nina Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A noteworthy life to share but one more stirring in recordings than on these pages. (resources) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The legendary 20th-century gospel singer takes center stage in a too-short song of praise. Read full book review >