Search Results: "Willie Perdomo"


BOOK REVIEW

¡CLEMENTE! by Willie Perdomo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2010

"Though, like Jonah Winter's similar but lower-key biography, Roberto Clemente, Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates, illustrated by Raul Colón (2005), there's no chart of Clemente's outstanding career stats, heartfelt personal statements from the author and illustrator add a shiny finish to this infectiously energetic tribute. (timeline, sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Riding the tide of his own father's ("president of the GREATEST FANS OF ROBERTO CLEMENTE CLUB, Boogie-down Bronx chapter") hero worship, a young narrator named after the great ball player and humanitarian highlights Clemente's life and achievements up to that fatal "last sacrifice fly" (he was killed in the crash of a plane filled with earthquake-relief supplies in 1972), then pays homage to his strength of character, his belief that "con respeto, / con orgullo, with faith, with hope, / with belief in yourself…/ anything is possible in this world." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VISITING LANGSTON by Willie Perdomo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In this year of Langston Hughes's centennial, this work does him great honor. (Poetry. 6-10)"
A little girl is going with her daddy to visit the home of Langston Hughes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GODSON by Willie Fopiano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Fast action in a moral vacuum: frightening and compelling. (Photos—not seen)"
Gritty memoir by a former Boston gangster, written with the help of New York Post crime reporter Harney. Read full book review >