Search Results: "William Lee Miller"


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PRESIDENT LINCOLN by William Lee Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"A creative thesis thoroughly explored and beautifully argued."
A member of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Lincoln Studies Group examines the moral reasoning at the heart of the president's statecraft. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Passionate and absorbing, this leaves one wondering: Why is there no national monument honoring John Quincy Adams? (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
One might expect a voluminous, minutely detailed narrative of parliamentary maneuvers on the floor of the 24th through 28th Congresses (183545) to be tedious. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2012

"Nothing groundbreaking, but entertaining reading for presidential-history buffs."
A comparison of the origins and careers of two presidents from the middle of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2007

"2007). (historical cast, time line, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
The story of the early settlements in America is one of greed, starvation, massacres and ruin, and the disappearance of the Roanoke colony is one of America's great historical mysteries. Read full book review >

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TITUBA by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"It is unfortunate that it accompanies a flawed text. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The intriguingly complicated story of Tituba and the Salem witch trials is presented for a young audience with some liberties taken with the facts that are actually known about her. Read full book review >

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THE PIANO by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"A lovely book with an understated message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this gentle story set in the early 1900s, music brings a young African-American girl and an elderly white woman together. Read full book review >

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JOE LOUIS, MY CHAMPION by William Miller
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Both text and oil-on-canvas-paper illustrations go for the obvious angle, making the effort as a whole worthy, but just a little too heavy-handed. (Picture book. 5-8)"
One of the watershed moments in African-American history—the defeat of James Braddock at the hands of Joe Louis—is here given an earnest picture-book treatment. Read full book review >

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THE BUS RIDE by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 1998

"The approach is low-key, but readers will feel the winds of history rustle in these pages. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Miller (Richard Wright and the Library Card, 1997, etc.) reimagines the story of Rosa Parks's historic refusal to give up her bus seat as it might have happened to Sara, a young girl with an intuitive grasp of right and wrong. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Translating emotions over time and across cultures is Miller's major methodological challenge—and he meets it with ranging and learned references, a wry and unpretentious style, and a genuine respect for the power of those ancient, forgotten sources on which modern social exchange depends."
From Vikings to valentines, crimes to dinner invitations, Miller (Law/University of Michigan) here explores the mercurial history of the emotions, attitudes, values, and behaviors associated with honor—its defense, loss, survival, and display- -drawing on evidence from the Greek epics and Icelandic sagas to contemporary horror movies. Read full book review >

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THE KNEE-HIGH MAN by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The illustrations have a mysterious glassy glow; the knee-high man, however, doesn't really come across as knee-high. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A traditional African-American folktale retold by the author of Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree (1994, not reviewed), about a little man who wants to become bigger, louder, and meaner than he is. Read full book review >