Search Results: "William Jelani Cobb"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A rich, provocative meditation on the importance of Obama's election."
"What does it mean to live in a country where 64 million people voted to make a black man a president?" asks Cobb (History/Spelman Coll.; To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WALK THROUGH FIRE by William Cobb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"A maddeningly uneven work."
A Deep South town erupts during the Civil Rights period in this ambitious third novel (after Cobb's Hermit King, etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE FIRE EATERS by William Cobb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 1994

"If Cobb's handling of the Bells' secrets is not altogether satisfying, his detail work is superb: the result is a lovingly attentive chronicle of a family that is often bloodied but never defeated."
A large, poor, rambunctious Texas family is haunted by its secrets in Cobb's memoir-like fourth novel (A Walk Through Fire, 1992, etc.), winner of the 1992 Associated Writing Programs award for the novel. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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BOOK REVIEW

Falcon Down by C.H. Cobb
Released: June 13, 2013

"This first installment chronicling the adventures of Maj. Jacob Kelly turns out to be an undisputed success."
An Air Force pilot with a few skills not in his official dossier finds himself on the run in a hostile nation in the first thriller of this trilogy. Read full book review >

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HAPPENINGS by Katie Cobb
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2002

"Ultimately, though, the good premise and the themes of family, peer pressure, independence, and communication will appeal to many teen readers. (Fiction. YA)"
Kelsey Gene Blackwell's good standing in her high-school AP English class is in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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FUN AND GAMES by Vicki Cobb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1991

"Entertaining and instructive, but uneven. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Seventeen photos illustrate aspects of physics, medicine, ecology, etc. Several are stop action—e.g., a bouncing ball and popcorn popping. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEART OF A TIGER by Herschel Cobb
Released: April 1, 2013

"A gentle, affecting memoir."
The greatest baseball player of the dead ball era, and the most widely despised, tenderly remembered by his grandson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Cybergrace should get tongues wagging about cyberspace in a new, stimulating, and more philosophical way."
A heady, provocative search for the Deity via the Internet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I GET WET by Vicki Cobb
by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Her illustrations utilize uncluttered pages, bright colors on white backgrounds, and creative type treatments that flow together into a lively, informative treatment. (author's note) (Nonfiction. 3-6)"
Kids who wonder why their fingertips get wrinkly in the bathtub will find the answer to this question and other scientific stumpers in this simple but not simplistic study of the ways of water. Read full book review >