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January 31, 1988 | Richard Gilman, Gilman teaches at the Yale School of Drama. His " Faith Sex Mystery, " a memoir of his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, will be published in paperback by Penguin in February
When Julius Lester was about to take the final step toward becoming a Jew, he tells us in this often-affecting memoir, he found himself wishing he "knew another convert, a black one, but (didn't) know Sammy Davis' phone number." Though they surely exist, I too can't think of another black who has turned Jewish, and not very many white Protestants or Catholics either. The usual movement is the other round--Jews becoming Christians--or Buddhists, for that matter.
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January 24, 2006 | From Associated Press
Lynne Rae Perkins' "Criss Cross," a humorous series of vignettes, illustrations and poems about a group of small town teenagers, has won the Newbery Medal for "the most outstanding contribution to children's literature." "Writing in a wry, omniscient third-person narrative voice, Perkins deftly captures the tentativeness and incompleteness of adolescence," award committee chair Barbara Barstow said Monday in a statement.
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March 25, 2001 | All reviews are provided to Book Review by Publishers Weekly, where they first appeared. 2001, Publishers Weekly
MONKEY KING By Ed Young HarperCollins: 40 pp. $16.95 Caldecott Medalist Ed Young opts for elegance in this deceptively simple adaptation of Chinese myth. In piquant phrases and minimalist collages, he summarizes the antics of the Monkey King, a trickster hero. Monkey has learned "the art of turning cloud somersaults, riding the wind, changing shape and disappearing in the blink of an eye," and he uses his magic for mischief.
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January 24, 2006 | From Associated Press
Lynne Rae Perkins' "Criss Cross," a humorous series of vignettes, illustrations and poems about a group of small town teenagers, has won the Newbery Medal for "the most outstanding contribution to children's literature." "Writing in a wry, omniscient third-person narrative voice, Perkins deftly captures the tentativeness and incompleteness of adolescence," award committee chair Barbara Barstow said Monday in a statement.
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March 21, 1992 | JOHN DART
The once-cordial relations between blacks and Jews have deteriorated over the last 25 years to name-calling and violence, so the Jewish audience at a North Hollywood synagogue was seeking special insights--and maybe remedies--from a black scholar who converted to Judaism 10 years ago.
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March 25, 2001 | All reviews are provided to Book Review by Publishers Weekly, where they first appeared. 2001, Publishers Weekly
MONKEY KING By Ed Young HarperCollins: 40 pp. $16.95 Caldecott Medalist Ed Young opts for elegance in this deceptively simple adaptation of Chinese myth. In piquant phrases and minimalist collages, he summarizes the antics of the Monkey King, a trickster hero. Monkey has learned "the art of turning cloud somersaults, riding the wind, changing shape and disappearing in the blink of an eye," and he uses his magic for mischief.
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February 14, 1988
I read Richard Gilman's interesting review about Julius Lester, a black who converted to Judaism (The Book Review, Jan. 31), but Gilman obviously failed to investigate current religious trends. Gilman thinks that not very many white Protestants or Catholics convert to Judaism. He is wrong. A considerable number of Christians now convert to Judaism. Furthermore, Gilman says "that Judaism neither proselytizes nor is friendly to those who wish to join." He is wrong again. Rabbis, especially from the Conservative and Reform movement welcome and are very helpful to Christians desiring to convert.
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January 2, 2000
Books recommended for young readers by Ilene Abramson, senior librarian for the children's literature department, Los Angeles Public Library: Millennium madness--Happy New Year. Preschool: "The Blessing Seed," by Caitlin Matthews A "creation myth for the new millennium." * Kindergarten to second grade: "Turn of the Century," by Ellen Jackson, illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis Depictions of a child's life 1,000 years ago and at 100-year intervals thereafter.
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March 21, 1992 | JOHN DART
The once-cordial relations between blacks and Jews have deteriorated over the last 25 years to name-calling and violence, so the Jewish audience at a North Hollywood synagogue was seeking special insights--and maybe remedies--from a black scholar who converted to Judaism 10 years ago.
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January 31, 1988 | Richard Gilman, Gilman teaches at the Yale School of Drama. His " Faith Sex Mystery, " a memoir of his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, will be published in paperback by Penguin in February
When Julius Lester was about to take the final step toward becoming a Jew, he tells us in this often-affecting memoir, he found himself wishing he "knew another convert, a black one, but (didn't) know Sammy Davis' phone number." Though they surely exist, I too can't think of another black who has turned Jewish, and not very many white Protestants or Catholics either. The usual movement is the other round--Jews becoming Christians--or Buddhists, for that matter.
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May 22, 1990
In response to Raspberry's column in which he quotes the opportunistic bootlicker Julius Lester as saying "anyone who defines himself as a victim has found a way to keep himself in a perpetual state of self-pity and anger. And that . . . is black America today." Only another bootlicker such as Raspberry would quote Lester. And only Raspberry would not question his credentials as a '60s revolutionary. I recently had a personal experience with racism '90s-style. Yes, the incident left me angry.
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