Search Results: "Tony B. Ratliff, Sr."


BOOK REVIEW

WE FLY AT DAWN by Tony B.  Ratliff, Sr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Imaginative and competently written, the stories deliver a well-developed sermon for the Christian reader."
In this collection of inspirational short stories, ordinary people and one extraordinary flock of ducks search for peace of mind in rural America and the Swiss Alps. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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EVERY SONG EVER by Ben Ratliff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A collection of essays that makes unlikely connections that will encourage music fans to listen beyond categorical distinctions and comfort zones—though reading the book feels a little incomplete without the listening that should accompany the experience."
A veteran New York Times critic, Ratliff here goes beyond the focus on jazz in his previous books (The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music, 2008) to explore the consumption of music in its widest variety and availability. Read full book review >

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THE JAZZ EAR by Ben Ratliff
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"'Listening with someone else is an intimate act,' writes Ratliff, 'because music reveals itself by degrees.' So do these musicians."
Critical profiles illuminate the artistry of a variety of jazz musicians through conversations about the music they love. Read full book review >

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Driven by Rick Jacobs, Sr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A straightforward crime thriller with a few additional layers of powerful emotion."
A police detective pursues a dangerous gang leader in Jacob's debut thriller. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 1998

"There is no doubt that Woodson is genuinely concerned with looking for new, more effective ways to alleviate the scourge of poverty—and that his efforts are accompanied by considerable political naãvetÇ."
Inspiring subject matter, disappointing book. Read full book review >

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ROBERTO’S TRIP TO THE TOP by John B. Paterson Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Sincere but substandard. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An earnest, not entirely successful effort, this straightforward story details a visit to the top of Mt. Ávila, overlooking Caracas. Read full book review >

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FIRST CALL: GREETING 2017 WITH TROUBLE-FRAUGHT STORIES IN HAND
by J. Kingston Pierce

There are some years when it’s pretty easy to pick out which first-quarter crime, mystery, and thriller novels are destined to become the Big Reads, those books that enjoy extraordinary promotions and generate the most word-of-mouth. Such is not the case heading into the initial three months of 2017. There are so many promising new works by so many familiar ...


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COLTRANE by Ben Ratliff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Not quite worthy of a love supreme."
A New York Times critic examines the jazz saxophonist's style and legacy. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND RUIN by Evan Ratliff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 26, 2016

"An eclectic, never-boring collection."
Atavist magazine editor Ratliff brings together 10 pieces of journalism selected from the site's five-year history. Read full book review >