Search Results: "W. Lionel Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 9, 2010

"When the 'tyranny of the pack' controls teachers, violence triumphs over reason in this cautionary tale."
Through the eyes of an idealistic educator and a hopeful ninth grader in Brooklyn, Williams' debut novel sheds light on our failed public education system and the declining character of its students. Read full book review >

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Compromised: The Affordable Care Act and Politics of Defeat by Brendan W. Williams
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A fair, rigorous take on health care reform in the United States."
An insider's account of the historic passage of Obamacare. Read full book review >

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HUSH NOW, BABY by Angela W. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"An unabashedly emotional narrative that only occasionally requires readers to bushwhack through thick vines of memory."
An adoring view of a childhood nanny in Pinopolis, South Carolina, that does not disguise the ugly specter of 1950s segregation. Read full book review >

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GETTING RIGHT WITH GOD by Lionel Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

"Too inward-looking and disorganized to be a success, but Newton's easy way with language—whether of the streets or the salon—indicates a protean talent worth watching."
No plot but plenty of attitude is what you get from Newton's rambling first novel about a gifted but feckless black high- schooler who would rather hit the streets than the books. Read full book review >

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THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE by Lionel Tiger
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 1992

Here, Tiger (Anthropology/Rutgers; The Manufacture of Evil, 1987, etc.) offers observations on our seeking of pleasure and its prehistoric roots. ``Pleasure matters,'' Tiger asserts. ``The subject is hot.'' Aiming to catch the drift of the 90's, he contends that ``pleasure is an evolutionary entitlement.'' Food, sex, drugs, power, and, more interestingly, bearing children ``are as much related to our history as a species and products of it as they are products of our invention,'' he convincingly argues. Read full book review >

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THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION by Lionel Trilling
Released: April 7, 1950

"Limited market."
A highly intellectualized, precious collection of essays in literary criticism on diverse broad subjects, writers, books, literary trends, united by an underlying concern for liberalism as an intellectual tradition. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE FAULT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A persistently melodramatic tone doesn't disguise the tragedy in this moving, resonant tale of two sparkling careers and two decent people unable to live in harmony."
Fully using the strongest part of her game—psychological insight—Shriver (The Bleeding Heart, 1990, etc.) tracks the fleeting joy and prolonged despair of a young couple, both rising tennis stars, who find their love imperiled by one another's fierce urge to win. ``Love me, love my game,'' says petite, 23-year-old Willy to lanky Eric on their second meeting, after a first encounter in Manhattan's Riverside Park in which Willy cleaned his clock. Read full book review >

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THE LETTERS OF JOHN KEATS by Lionel Trilling
Released: April 12, 1951

"Stimulating reading — an exciting facet of a poetic genius."
A new and only slightly revised edition of the letters as edited by Maurice Buxton Forman, with the text again following the original Keatsian spelling and punctuation. Read full book review >

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THE MIDDLE OF THE JOURNEY by Lionel Trilling
Released: Oct. 10, 1947

"The ideological confusion, emotional instability of the literati reproduced with fidelity (and probably from experience) but providing little sympathy, often very little interest."
By a critic, editor, professor of considerable standing, this is a first new of some acumen and almost no physical motion, of considerable conscious intellectual tion but an equal emotional sterility. Read full book review >

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The Evil Empire of Cal Schank  by Lionel Domreis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2012

"First-rate storytelling that propels an enticing plot."
A World War II vet and a Chinese neighborhood leader look for a way to bring down a ruthless mobster in 1950s Los Angeles in Domreis' debut mystery. Read full book review >

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THINGS TO BE LOST by Lionel Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"Mesmerizing, manipulative, and sickening in the best of ways."
The protean talent Newton displayed in his first novel (Getting Right With God, 1994) begins to unfold in this much more finely tuned, although still sometimes rambling, second effort. Read full book review >