Search Results: "Willie Birch"


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ROLL WITH IT by Matt Sakakeeny
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2013

"An occasionally dry but competently told tale of a celebrated musical tradition whose story is rarely told."
A scholarly account of the rites, rituals and traditions of the famed brass bands of New Orleans. Read full book review >

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THE UNMAKING by Carol Birch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A fine debut."
Familiar passions on display in Merrie old England—but described with all the sharp edges of a modern sensibility—in this first US appearance for agreeable British writer Birch. Read full book review >

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THE METAPHOR DECEPTION by Birch Adams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"A story and protagonist shrouded in mystery run through with suspense and espionage."
In Adams' debut techno-thriller, a cunning mathematical genius in Baltimore has to prove he's not a mole working for North Korea by exposing the real one. Read full book review >

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ORPHANS OF THE CARNIVAL by Carol Birch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Rich material. Wan execution."
What does it mean to be human? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2012

"An honest, heartfelt memoir about coming out and transitioning."
Birch's candid new memoir recalls her punishing adolescent boyhood and the difficult pursuit of self-realization. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Just one volume in Nelson's long story that remains much like its author: funny, inspirational and bawdy, with a well-honed sense of humor."
Legendary musician Nelson and his friends share a year's worth of stories, lyrics, riffs and dirty jokes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1991

"Ruff displays an affecting sense of mission in passing along his own education, and a lovely ear for jive talk. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Compellingly well-told life and musical education of a jazz bassist/French-horn player who rose from rural Alabama poverty to being a world traveler, player with great jazz orchestras, and teacher at Yale. Read full book review >

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TAPS by Willie Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2001

"A loving evocation of a bygone age, in a story that most likely provided more joy to Morris than it will to readers."
A lush, lazy tale of growing up in Mississippi during the Korean War, by the late author (1934-1999) of My Cat Spit McGee (1999), etc. Read full book review >

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MY CAT SPIT McGEE by Willie Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"From a man who was owned by a cat, a tender, melodious tribute."
The pleasurable confessions of a dog man gone ailurophile—that is, become a cat man—from Morris (The Ghosts of Medgar Evers, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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AMERICAN FREAK SHOW by Willie Geist
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A mostly bipartisan satire that caters to the lowest common denominator on both sides."
Chat-show host takes aim at American celebrity culture and modern politics. Read full book review >