Search Results: "Thomas Dyja"


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MEET JOHN TROW by Thomas Dyja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2002

"Every bit as entertaining and gripping as it is ingenious."
An unfortunately sluggish first 50 pages give little hint of the riches of characterization, plot, and theme to be found in this superb second novel from the author of Play for a Kingdom (1997). Read full book review >

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THE THIRD COAST by Thomas Dyja
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2013

"A valuable contribution to the history of Chicago, worthy of a place alongside William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis (1991)."
A readable, richly detailed history of America's second city—which, laments novelist/historian and Chicagoan Dyja (Walter White: The Dilemma of Black Identity in America, 2008, etc.), has become a third city, perhaps even less. Read full book review >

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THE MOON IN OUR HANDS by Thomas Dyja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Dyja does well in spotlighting a neglected civil rights activist, less well in dramatizing the nature of evil."
Third-novelist Dyja imagines the first foray into battle of a real-life anti-lynching crusader. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2008

"Able tribute to a boundary-smashing activist."
Compact, insightful biography seeks to restore the historical importance of the energetic, light-skinned NAACP secretary whose leadership laid the groundwork for the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >

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AWAKE by Thomas Dyja
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A sad case: the whole seems somewhat less than the sum of its (considerable) parts."
Novelist Dyja (Play for a Kingdom, 1997) collects 13 pieces that illustrate moments of spiritual and personal awakening, when the veil of the quotidian seems to fall away or become transparent for a potentially life-changing glimpse of reality—of what and who we are, and in what kind of universe we live. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Elizabeth V. Chew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Well-informed and much-idealized if not entirely simplistic pictures of both the great man and his bustling estate. (sidebars, endnotes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Stepping carefully around the controversies, a former curator at Monticello reconstructs the septuagenarian Jefferson's active daily round. Read full book review >

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TIMELESS THOMAS by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"A glowing tribute to the inventor who continues to influence modern life. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
A fine introduction to Thomas Edison's exceptional inventions, innovations and career—and how his work continues to affect our lives today. Read full book review >

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Released: May 7, 2007

"Lush and fascinating: an essential reference for Wolfe fans and scholars."
Impressive array of primary documents, photographs, commentary and miscellany relating to the novelist's short life and controversial career. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"A richly introspective biography sure to rekindle interest in Hardy's writing."
Another wonderfully readable life by veteran biographer and journalist Tomalin (Samuel Pepys, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Joyce Appleby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A useful slap against the reactionaries who today claim descent from Jeffersonian ideals."
A portrait of our most controversial Founding Father as a genuine radical possessed of dangerous, frightening ideas about human nature and government. Read full book review >