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The Good Lord Bird - James McBride
The Good Lord Bird
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“A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” –cover review of The New York Times Book Review “Outrageously entertaining.” –USA Today “James McBride delivers another tour de force” –Essence “So imaginative, you’ll race to the finish.” –NPR.org “Wildly... show more
“A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” –cover review of The New York Times Book Review “Outrageously entertaining.” –USA Today “James McBride delivers another tour de force” –Essence “So imaginative, you’ll race to the finish.” –NPR.org “Wildly entertaining.”—4-star People lead review "A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel.” – Washington Post   From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.  
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594486340 (1594486344)
ASIN: 1594486344
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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In Dreams Awake
In Dreams Awake rated it
5.0 The Good Lord Bird
James McBride's novel has been described as a modern day Mark Twain, but I would say he accomplished more than Twain by taking on both the heavy subjects of treatment of blacks as well as treatment of women. It's a perfect blend of history, humor, adventure, and tenderness. Reading it was like peeli...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
3.0 Good Lord, indeed
I loved James McBride's THE COLOR OF WATER, his memoir in which he explored his multi-racial roots and channeled the voice of his Jewish mother. I recommend it highly. It was inventive, moving and well-written. So I expected a lot from this novel, especially since it won the National Book Award in...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
2.0 The humor kept me reading, but the narrative was too wordy and repetitive.
This is really an odd, but creative, little story. I would be lying if I said I understood all of it. This is the story of Henry Shackleford and how he came to be acquainted with John Brown, the abolitionist. It is narrated by Henry, who spent several years dressed as a female, with a different iden...
ijanderson1
ijanderson1 rated it
4.0 The Good Lord Bird
Written by: James McBride, Copyrighted in 2013 Published By: Riverhead Books, (Hardback) “I was born a colored man and don’t you forget it. But I lived as a colored woman for seventeen years.” The Good Lord Bird is written in three parts Free Deeds (Kansas), Slave Deeds (Missouri), and Legen...
The Five-Eyed Bookworm
The Five-Eyed Bookworm rated it
4.0
FIRST BOOK FOR 2014 Date Started: January 2, 2014 | Date Finished: January 7, 2014 First lines: I was born a colored man and don't you forget it. But I lived as a colored woman for seventeen years. Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction | A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Opra...
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