Search Results: "Thomas Dyja"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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PLAY FOR A KINGDOM by Tom Dyja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A sensitive, forceful, even breathtaking commingling of play and war, daydream and nightmare, the humane and the bestial, in which the human dimensions of warfare are unforgettably evoked."
The madness of war and the passion evoked by baseball complement each other beautifully in this extraordinary first novel, a Civil War saga of a battered Brooklyn company nearing the end of its enlistment. Read full book review >

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EVERY TIME I SPEAK, I WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Cover Story: Statementastic
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: A Star(r) Is Born
Bonus Factors:
 Political Activism, Awesome Family, Community
Relationship Status: Head Over Heels

Cover Story: Statementastic

Simple and perfect. Although I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that Starr is, indeed, in ...


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ANGIE THOMAS
by Maya Payne Smart

It’s tempting to think of Angie Thomas’ YA novel The Hate U Give as being ripped straight from the latest headlines about an unarmed black person shot by the police. But that would miss the point that for many people, Thomas included, the news is not only news: it is lived experience—raw and achingly intimate. And the lives stolen are ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A BIRTHDAY FOR COW! by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"From the calendar countdown on the front endpapers (Cow's birthday is October 17th, if you're curious) to a closing joke on the rear ones about using turnips as toothbrushes, this riotous read-aloud is guaranteed to have them rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Thomas scores again after What Will Fat Cat Sit On? (2007) with another droll crowd-pleaser for the OshKosh B'Gosh set. Read full book review >

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AN UNRELIABLE HISTORY OF TATTOOS by Paul Thomas
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 19, 2016

"The operative word in the title is neither 'History' nor 'Tattoos' (but there are plenty of the latter on view). (Satire. 14 & up)"
A gonzo view of tats through the ages: mostly British, frequently profane, replete with extravagantly inked caricatures. Read full book review >

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A WICKED THING by Rhiannon Thomas
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Uninspiring. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A loose "Sleeping Beauty" retelling emphasizes political intrigue. Read full book review >