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About the Author

James McBride studied composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He was a staff writer for The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and The Washington Post. His works include the memoir The Color of Water, the biography mostrar mais Kill 'Em and Leave, and two novels entitled Miracle at St. Anna and Song Yet Sung. He wrote the screenplay for Miracle at St. Anna when it was made into a movie in 2008. He won the National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird. He is a saxophonist and former sideman for jazz legend Jimmy Scott. He has written songs for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr., Gary Burton, and Barney, the PBS television character. He received the Stephen Sondheim Award and the Richard Rodgers Foundation Horizon Award for his musical Bo-Bos co-written with playwright Ed Shockley. In 2005, he published the first volume of a CD-based documentary about life as lived by low-profile jazz musicians entitled The Process. He is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por James McBride

The Good Lord Bird (2013) 2,057 exemplares
Deacon King Kong (2020) 1,668 exemplares
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store (2023) 1,540 exemplares
Miracle at St. Anna (2002) 837 exemplares
Song Yet Sung (2008) 756 exemplares
Five-Carat Soul (2017) 284 exemplares
Family: A Celebration of Humanity (1943) 78 exemplares
Miracle at St. Anna [2008 film] (2008) — Screenwriter/Original book — 28 exemplares
Goat 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural (1998) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Once Upon a Childhood: Stories and Memories of American Youth (2004) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
An Introduction To: The Joy Luck Club (2006) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares


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New York, New York, USA
Oberlin College



I couldn't get into this book, though others gave it very high ratings. This probably had more to do with my current state of mind that the story or the quality of the writing. I may return to it at some later date.
phyllis.shepherd | 70 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
I enjoyed this novel by one of my favorite authors, James McBride. He brings us to the "projects" of Brooklyn, 1969. The Causeway Houses are a fictional replacement for housing projects located in Brooklyn, at a time when drugs are overtaking the dreams of the youth and threatening the way of life for the older residents.
In steps Cuffy Lambkin, aka "Sportscoat" or Deacon King Kong- an aging alcoholic gardener/deacon of Five Ends Baptist Church. Shooting the drug dealer who he once coached may seem like a random act of violence done in an alcoholic stupor, but was it?
In the end, most of the characters find redemption and peace. I was a little disappointed with the ending, but that doesn't take away from the overall story.
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Chrissylou62 | 92 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
3.75*… maybe.

I have some complicated feelings about Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. On one hand, the writing is a work of art and features some incredibly well written characters that jump off the page, detailed imagery, and an interconnected web of a plot. So bravo to the author on all those counts.

However, the pacing of the story made this book difficult for me to get through. I often felt unmotivated to continue reading. It didn’t help that some aspects of the dialogue and action (namely SA and plenty of racial slurs) made it downright uncomfortable.

In summation, I appreciate the craftsmanship of this book but also did not find much enjoyment in reading it.
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jnoshields | 70 outras críticas | Apr 10, 2024 |
Pottstown, PA in the 1930's on Chicken Hill, a section of the community housing new immigrants, Black families, Jewish families, and a few white families who live a bit away. Moshe Ludlow marries fellow Jewish woman, Chona who runs the Heaven and Earth Grocery store, one location in town where all races cross. Moshe runs the local entertainment which brings in Jewish ethnic performers and later Jazz. Chona walks with a limp and has had several severe health crisises, but Chona refuses to leave Chicken Hill even after they become more prosperous. Chona is a friend to all and all seem dedicated to her.

The story has many many characters almost all with nicknames as Dodo, a young deaf Black boy who Chona hids after the state wants to put him in a special "school." Fatty, the brother to Bernice, black neighbors of Chona and Bernice's childhood friend. Fatty's friend Big Soap, an Italian. After Dodo winds up at the asylum, he befriends his next bedmate, Monkey Pants, a severely handicapped young white boy.

At times the names were hard to keep straight, but each character had his or her own unique and believable personality. There is much humor such as the meeting of the Jewish leaders deciding what to do about the water situation caused by a frog being in the women's baths. There are tender moments such as between Moshe and Chona and Dodo and Monkey Pants. There is terror and horror such as in the asylum caused by a cruel Son of Man. The tribalism between the many factions is often a reflection of what is happening in today's world.

McBride is a wonderful writer. Loved the people, the story, and the theme of love and concern of one for another yet never able to escape the evil that often raises its head in small ways and large.
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maryreinert | 70 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2024 |


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