Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Pack Up A Paperback for A Small Package Filled with Big Ideas

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Pack Up A Paperback for A Small Package Filled with Big Ideas

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Many books reviewed by the Monitor are now available in paperback for holiday gift-giving. Those listed below impressed Monitor reviewers.

JAZZ, by Toni Morrison (Plume, 229 pp., $10). The sixth novel by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison begins after a young black woman is murdered in Harlem in 1926. Merle Rubin wrote in an April 17, 1992 review: "It's a book I found myself reading aloud ... just for the sheer pleasure of hearing the musical, yet perfectly natural and colloquial, sound of the never-to-be identified voice that narrates the story."

LINCOLN AT GETTYSBURG: THE WORDS THAT REMADE AMERICA, by Garry Wills (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 317 pp., $12). "Lincoln's address has never been served better," wrote Gabor S. Boritt of the book that won Wills a Pulitzer Prize. In his review of Aug. 31, 1992, Boritt commented, "it is refreshing to see Gary Wills sally forth boldly ... to give readers a `great man, great moment' view of history, with a vengeance."

IN MY PLACE, by Charlayne Hunter-Gault (Vintage, 257 pp., $11). Hunter-Gault, a national news correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, fills the void of books about women in the civil rights movement with her memoir. A review by Gregory M. Lamb on Dec. 3, 1992 said of the Southern native and her writing, "A strong family life, grounded in religious beliefs and a love of education, prepared her for her biggest challenge: In 1961, she entered the University of Georgia as one of the first two African-Americans ever allowed to attend it.... As a personal insight into the dawning civil rights movement, the book is an engaging read."

THE RASCAL KING: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JAMES MICHAEL CURLEY (1874-1958), by Jack Beatty (Addison-Wesley, 571 pp., $15). Politician Curley held numerous offices in his lifetime, including mayor of Boston (four times), governor of Massachusetts (once), and Congressman (twice). …

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