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City Behind a Fence
Charles W. Johnson
0870493094
Dec 1981
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Understanding Charles Johnson
Gary Storhoff
1570035628
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Understanding Charles Johnson offers a critical introduction to the fiction of one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary writers and the first African American male since Ralph Ellison to win the National Book Award, which Johnson received in 1990 for Middle Passage. In addition to providing a biographical sketch, Gary Storhoff analyzes Johnson’s four novels and two volumes of short stories. Describing his body of work as unique in American fiction, Storhoff explains how philosophical and religious orientations differentiate Johnson’s writings and challenge his readers. Storhoff explores the merging of philosophical and spiritual interests with Johnson’s concern for African American culture. In identifying the literary principles of Johnson’s texts, Storhoff emphasizes the writer’s...


1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Charles C. Mann
1565119789
September 2005
Compact Disc
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Book Review
1491 is not so much the story of a year, as of what that year stands for: the long-debated (and often-dismissed) question of what human civilization in the Americas was like before the Europeans crashed the party. The history books most Americans were (and still are) raised on describe the continents before Columbus as a vast, underused territory, sparsely populated by primitives whose cultures would inevitably bow before the advanced technologies of the Europeans. For decades, though, among the archaeologists, anthropologists, paleolinguists, and others whose discoveries Charles C. Mann brings together in 1491, different stories have been emerging. Among the revelations: the first Americans may not have come over the Bering land bridge around 12,000 B.C. but by boat along the Pacific coast 10 or even 20 thousand years...


Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
0451529073
Oct 2003
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Book Description
From one of the greatest figures of 19th-century America...

This new edition offers a broad view of the author's finest work, featuring his critical essays, poems, and letters, plus a considerable amount of material from the Journals, including an entry discovered in 1964 in the Library of Congress.

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"Standing on the bare ground--my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space--all mean egotism vanishes," Emerson wrote in Nature, his statement of the principles of transcendentalism. "I become a transparent eyeball." Nature, published in 1836 when Emerson was thirty-three, is collected here with his book of observations on the English people; a famous sermon against administering communion in church; a sketch of his...


New Owner's Guide to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Meredith Johnson-Snyder
079382804X
December 1999
Hardcover
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King
Charles Johnson
0810991829
Nov 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement is well documented in prose, but for sheer emotional power, nothing can compare to the pictures from this era. It's a challenge for a writer's words to match the force of Bob Adelman's photographs in this book, but novelist and essayist Charles Johnson rises to the task in his treatment of King's life and death, as well as the heroic struggle of African Americans in the United States. Johnson, the author of Middle Passage (which won the 1990 National Book Award), offers an exceptional counterpoint to the stirring images with the depth and weight of his essays and captions. "How soon we forget that King was not only a civil rights activist," Johnson writes, "but also this country's preeminent moral philosopher, a spiritual aspirant, a father and a husband, and...


The Elements of Mentoring
W. Brad Johnson
1403964017
April 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
What Strunk and White's Elements of Style is to writing and Richard Bayan's Words That Sell (1984) is to advertising, Johnson's and Ridley's slim but meaty volume will be a classic for future mentors. Both authors are professors of psychology and have meticulously and concisely boiled the plethora of material written on the subject of mentoring down to 50 key elements. The book seems overly geared to mentoring in a corporate setting, but anyone who is attempting this noble work--be it schoolteacher, big brother, or music pedagogue--will find useful advice here, which is not only turned outward toward encouraging proteges but also inward in a section titled "Know Thyself as a Mentor: Matters of Integrity." The authors have left no stone unturned in their treatment, even dealing with the ever-present...


Africans in America
Charles Johnson
0156008548
Nov 1999
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Book Review
This extraordinary book--the accompanying volume to the PBS series--looks at the history of slavery in the United States with an honesty that reveals both horror and heroism in the common humanity of all Americans. Uncovering the indigenous history of African slavery and the involvement of Arab and European nations, it then traces the journey of enslaved Africans across the "Middle Passage" of the Atlantic to the Caribbean and America. Charles Johnson's spellbinding fictional narratives beautifully evoke the feeling of times and places, such as the Haitian revolution or the plantation slave society. In "The Transmission," two captives in the bottom of a slave ship try to preserve their heritage. "Oboto quietly sang to his brother--in a language their captors could not understand--how their people long ago had navigated the...


Wave 4 Way to Building Your Downline
Richard Poe
0761522131
September 2000
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Soulcatcher and Other Stories
Charles Johnson
0156011123
Mar 2001
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Book Review
Charles Johnson's stories about the African American experience of slavery had an interesting genesis. TV producer Orlando Bagwell asked the author to write 12 original short stories based on the PBS series Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery. Johnson found the request daunting but irresistible. As he writes in his preface: "Rarely is a writer given the opportunity (like an actor) to climb into the skin of both Frederick Douglass and Martha Washington, to descend into the fetid hold of a slave ship and join a nineteenth century slave revolt, to play Jefferson's consul to Haiti and inhabit the psyche of both a runaway slave and his pursuer."

Accordingly, the dozen stories run a gamut of styles, each ingeniously appropriate to its subject. In "The Transmission," Johnson uses straightforward narrative to...



A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates
Charles Johnson
1585745588
June 2002
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Book Review
"I presume we need make no Apology for giving the Name of a History to the following Sheets, though they contain nothing but the Actions of a Parcel of Robbers." A "Parcel of Robbers" they may be, but pirates have long held a special place in our imaginations. The iconography of piracy--peg legs, eye patches, pieces of eight, squawking parrots, the Jolly Roger--was first codified in A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. This collection of brief biographies reads like a Who's Who? of piracy, with entries on Captains Kidd, Rackam, and Roberts, women-in-disguise pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and the infamous Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, "that couragious Brute, who might have pass'd in the World for a Heroe, had he been employ'd in a good Cause."

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Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
0195158164
Jan 2002
(Hardcover) - Anniv. Ed.
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There may be no other novel in American history as significant as Uncle Tom's Cabin. A feat of gripping storytelling--the first American work of fiction to become an international bestseller--no other book so effectively expressed the moral case against the "peculiar institution" of slavery.
Oxford University Press is pleased to announce a special 150th anniversary edition of this American classic. This volume features a new introduction by Charles Johnson, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and winner of the National Book Award for his 1990 novel Middle Passage.
Johnson examines Uncle Tom's Cabin with an eye that is at once appreciative and critical, discussing its considerable craft, its impact on its 1852 audience, and its "ineluctably racist" view of African Americans. He describes how...


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Kennel Club Dog Breed Series)
Juliette Cunliffe
1593782144
March 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
One of the world’s most popular and beloved toy breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a lively, sporting little dog with the confidence and personality of a dog many times his size. A refined pure-bred, the Cavalier boasts a long, silky coat in four traditional color varieties and a pleasing personality that makes him ideal for almost every owner. Whether you live on a farm or on the 44th floor in a city high rise, the Cavalier makes a terrific choice for a companion dog. British dog authority and author, Juliette Cunliffe has authored a most informative and entertaining guide, providing all you need to know about the Cavalier’s history in England and the US, the breed’s character and standard, as well as puppy selection, feeding, training, preventative health care and behavior. New owners will...


The Best American Spiritual Writing 2005
Philip Zaleski (Editor)
0618586431
October 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This year's spiritual writing anthology is varied and stimulating, showcasing reflections on the faith of children, Bible reading, Kierkegaard and Martin Luther King Jr. Some contributions are journalistic, others autobiographical, others analytical. Sources are wide-ranging and largely "secular," including literary reviews and such standard-bearing magazines as The New Yorker. With provocative and creative compression, the poetry in particular rewards with the fresh views that thoughtful writing stirs. Franz Wright's "Prescience" captures paradox ("Your unwitnessed and destitute coronation"). Among essays, Bill McKibben's "High Fidelity" impresses with its understated excellence. In "Dr. King's Refrigerator," Charles Johnson's fly-on-the-wall conjuring of an imagined scene in the civil rights hero's life is as...


Charles Johnson's Fiction
William R. Nash
0252027736
Dec 2002
Hardcover
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Black Men Speaking
Charles Johnson
0253332591
June 1997
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
The past few years have seen the publication of a number of excellent books about the black male experience, including Henry Gates's Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man (LJ 2/15/97) and Herb Boyd and Robert Allen's Brotherman (LJ 3/15/95). This anthology, edited by National Book Award winner Johnson and educator McCluskey, intends to join that notable group. The ten chapters display a wide variety of styles, voices, and perspectives. But rather than enrich us with that diversity, the book comes across as unfocused and diffuse. Some chapters, such as Joseph W. Scott's "Making a Way Out of No Way" and Johnson's "The Second Front," are compelling. Unfortunately, their impact is lost in the tedious interviews, lengthy ramblings, and earnest exhortations that make up the rest of the book. Libraries that have strong...


Middle Passage
Charles Johnson
0684855887
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
In this savage parable of the African American experience, Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave eking out a living in New Orleans in 1830, hops aboard a square rigger to evade the prim Boston schoolteacher who wants to marry him. But the Republic turns out to be a slave clipper bound for Africa. Calhoun, whose master educated him as a humanist, becomes the captain's cabin boy, and though he hates himself for acting as a lackey, he's able to help the African slaves recently taken aboard to stage a revolt before the rowdy, drunken crew can spring a mutiny. Middle Passage won the 1990 National Book Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Calhoun, a newly freed slave, accidentally boards a slave ship bound for...


I Call Myself an Artist
Rudolph P. Byrd
0253335418
May 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
As a literary and intellectual heir to Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright, Charles Johnson articulates in his work the struggles of Africa Americans' lives without denying its fundamental Americanness. This book, compiled by Emory University Professor Rudolph P. Byrd, contains 25 years' worth of Johnson's essays, poetry, cartoons, reviews, novel excerpts, interviews, and critiques. In the autobiographical essay that titles the book, Johnson cites the influences of Sartre, Malraux, and Melville in his attempt to forge a "genuinely black American fiction." In other works, Johnson investigates the worldwide image of black people, takes on Spike Lee and Dinesh D'Souza, and illuminates Martin Luther King's faded dream. Other writers--including Stanley Crouch, Vera Kutzinski, and Ashraf H.A. Rushdy--examine the richness and depth of...


Mayo Clinic Gastrointestinal Imaging Review
C. Daniel Johnson
0849397952
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Offering four times the amount of imaging cases offered by competing texts, this reference stands as the foremost guide to common diseases and radiographic presentations found within the gastrointestinal tract-authoritatively covering the entire range of gastrointestinal diseases to include conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon, liver, biliary tree, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, peritoneum, and mesentery.

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