Search Results: "Thomas Dyja"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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THOMAS CROMWELL by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A fine rags-to-riches-to-executioner's-block story of a major figure of the English Reformation."
A mildly revisionist biography of Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A valuable aid in understanding a historical period that continues to resonate. (notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)
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This exploration of Thomas Paine and his passionate writings in support of liberty provides insight into a turbulent period of change in the United States, England and France. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

Thomas Jefferson was a "man of contradictions," an eloquent champion of freedom and equality, yet a slaveholder who fathered several children with Sally Hemings, a slave and half-sister to Martha Jefferson. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

A thorough and sympathetic biography; Severance (Gandhi, 1997, etc.) focuses on the early education of Thomas Jefferson, especially on his sister Jane's encouragement of his interest in music and books. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Anthony Heilbut
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"With its unprecedented picture of Mann's character and accomplishments, Heilbut's biography opens up an important new perspective in Mann studies."
This recursive, elliptical study of Thomas Mann's life and writings successfully captures the total Mann, albeit with some sacrifice of narrative cohesion. Read full book review >