Search Results: "Wil Haygood"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HAYGOODS OF COLUMBUS by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1997

"With an unpretentious eloquence and humor, Haygood shows a deft ability to convey complex lives, a past era, and a memorable place. (20 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Here is an unsentimental family memoir that also elegizes Mt. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A wonderful book that deserves a wide audience."
The captivating life of the African-American champion who brought grace and style to the boxing ring in the 1940s and '50s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"An absorbing and sympathetic account of a highhanded spokesman for the downtrodden. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Elegant, energetic biography of controversial Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell (1908-72), by Boston Globe reporter Haygood. Read full book review >

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SHOWDOWN by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2015

"An intensely readable, fully explored account of what the New York Times called an 'ordeal by committee,' an important hinge in American history."
Longtime journalist and biographer Haygood (The Butler: A Witness to History, 2013, etc.), whose previous subjects have included Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., examines the confirmation battle over the first African-American nominated to the Supreme Court.Read full book review >

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THE BUTLER by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"Poignant and powerful."
A distinguished Washington Post journalist's account of the black White House butler who bore witness to eight presidential administrations. Read full book review >

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IN BLACK AND WHITE by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"An American life considered with art and understanding in a major work of biography. (40 photos in text)"
Robust update and emendation of the entertainer's well-known autobiography. Read full book review >

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BLOOM by Wil McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite some conceptual problems, an ingenious yarn with challenging ideas, well-handled technical details and plenty of twists and turns: a whopping improvement on Murder in the Solid State (1996), though the sophomoric narrative voice is dismayingly similar. (Author tour)"
By the early 22nd century, artificially created life-forms—mycora—that can dissolve stone, metal, flesh, anything, with terrifying speed, have taken over the Earth, the Moon, and Venus; the only human survivors cower behind biological barriers far away in the asteroids (the Gladholders) or the moons of Jupiter and Saturn (the Immunity). Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE SOLID STATE by Wil McCarthy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"Even the nanotechnology offers no thrills."
McCarthy's third novel and first hardcover is set in a near- future Philadelphia dominated by the Gray Party, which is rapidly turning the US into a police state under the pretext of providing law and order. Read full book review >

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THE REAL McCOY by Wendy Towle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"With nothing else available on McCoy at this level, this will be useful indeed. (Biography/Picture book. 5-9)"
Concluding a commendable introduction explaining the possibly legendary origins of the eponymous expression in the prolific inventor's most successful device—an ``automatic oil cup, which eventually became standard equipment on most locomotives''—Towle states ``The story of Elijah McCoy's life presented here reflects a composite of existing information we have been able to authenticate.'' Son of former slaves, McCoy was raised in Canada, studied engineering in Scotland, then settled in Michigan, where he invented the oil cup while working as a railroad fireman (discrimination prevented employment more appropriate to his talents); he went on to patent many other inventions, including homely devices like the first portable ironing board and a lawn sprinkler, and to start his own company. Read full book review >

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LITTLE EIGHT JOHN by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An amusing but flawed rendition of this old-fashioned cautionary tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
When Little Eight John's mother warns that misfortune will follow if he kicks the toad frogs, sits backwards on a chair, or counts his teeth, it only spurs him on; later, he laughs gleefully when the baby gets colic, the cow stops giving milk, and his family goes broke. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE IN THE SKY by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The story bounces along at a brisk pace, with just enough dialect to spice it up; Clay's fresh and colorful illustrations include the peculiar details of the narrative (the spirits' backward feet) that children will find funny. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In a careful source note, San Souci (The Little Seven-Colored Horse, p. 1501, etc.) calls this folktale a ``mix and match'' of several narrative elements in the tradition of Bahamian storytelling. Read full book review >

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I AM ROSA PARKS by Rosa Parks
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The workmanlike black-and-white illustrations complement the story of a quietly courageous heroine. (Autobiography. 5-9)"
I Am Rosa Parks ($12.99; PLB $12.89; Feb. 1997; 48 pp.; 0- 8037-1206-5; PLB 0-8037-1207-3): In the Easy-To-Read series, Parks and Haskins mold for a younger readership the material in their acclaimed Rosa Parks (1992). Read full book review >