A Lesson Before Dying Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

A Lesson Before Dying


  • Author : Ernest J. Gaines
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2004-01-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400077700

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A Lesson Before Dying Excerpt :

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • A deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. A “majestic, moving novel ... an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives" (Chicago Tribune), from the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

A Lesson Before Dying Book
Score: 5
From 4 Ratings

A Lesson Before Dying


  • Author : Ernest J. Gaines
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375702709

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A Lesson Before Dying Excerpt :

Grant Wiggins, a college-educated man who returns to his hometown to teach, forms an unlikely bond with Jefferson, a young Black man convicted of murder and sentenced to death, when he is asked to impart his learning and pride to the condemned man

A Lesson Before Dying Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

A Lesson Before Dying


  • Author : Ernest J. Gaines
  • Publisher : Spark Notes
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Study Aids
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN 10 : 1586634763

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A Lesson Before Dying Excerpt :

A study guide to the popular novel offers a plot summary, a review quiz, and an examaination of important quotations, along with analysis of the key themes, motifs, characters, and symbols in the work.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman


  • Author : Ernest J. Gaines
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2012-10-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307830258

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Excerpt :

"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this woman Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure, a woman equipped to stand beside William Faulkner's Dilsey in The Sound And The Fury." Miss Jane Pittman, like Dilsey, has 'endured,' has seen almost everything and foretold the rest. Gaines' novel brings to mind other great works The Odyssey for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and Huckleberry Finn for the clarity of her voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story in it all." -- Geoffrey Wolff, Newsweek. "Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that excludes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry. And I can recall no more memorable female character in Southern fiction since Lena of Faulkner's Light In August than Miss Jane Pittman." -- Josh Greenfeld, Life

The Tragedy of Brady Sims Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Tragedy of Brady Sims


  • Author : Ernest J. Gaines
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2017-08-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525434474

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The Tragedy of Brady Sims Excerpt :

A courthouse shooting leads a young reporter to uncover the long story of race and power in his small town and the relationship between the white sheriff and the black man who "whipped children" to keep order—in the final novella by the beloved Ernest J. Gaines. After Brady Sims pulls out a gun in a courtroom and shoots his own son, who has just been convicted of robbery and murder, he asks only to be allowed two hours before he'll give himself up to the sheriff. When the editor of the local newspaper asks his cub reporter to dig up a "human interest" story about Brady, he heads for the town's barbershop. It is the barbers and the regulars who hang out there who narrate with empathy, sadness, humor, and a profound understanding the life story of Brady Sims—an honorable, just, and unsparing man who with his tough love had been handed the task of keeping the black children of Bayonne, Louisiana in line to protect them from the unjust world in which they lived. And when his own son makes a fateful mistake, it is up to Brady to carry out the necessary reckoning. In the telling, we learn the story of a small southern town, divided by race, and the black community struggling to survive even as many of its inhabitants head off northwards during the Great Migration.

A Gathering of Old Men Book
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

A Gathering of Old Men


  • Author : Ernest J. Gaines
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-10-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307830388

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A Gathering of Old Men Excerpt :

A powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man--set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s. The Village Voice called A Gathering of Old Men “the best-written novel on Southern race relations in over a decade.”

The Topic of Education in Ernest J  Gaines  Novel  A Lesson Before Dying  Book

The Topic of Education in Ernest J Gaines Novel A Lesson Before Dying


  • Author : Birgit Wilpers
  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Release Date : 2011-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9783640803026

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The Topic of Education in Ernest J Gaines Novel A Lesson Before Dying Excerpt :

Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Paderborn (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Contemporary African-American Literature, language: English, abstract: The title of Ernest J. Gaines' book A Lesson Before Dying already alludes to the fact that education is one of the main themes of the novel. In this essay, I want to analyze the different aspects of education that are represented in his work. I will concentrate on the subject of formal education and would like to pose the question if it is a way out of "mental" slavery for African-American people.

12 Rules for Life Book
Score: 3.5
From 30 Ratings

12 Rules for Life


  • Author : Jordan B. Peterson
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: PHILOSOPHY
  • Pages : 409
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345816023

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12 Rules for Life Excerpt :

"What does everyone in the modern world need to know? [The author's] answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. [The author discusses] discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life"--

Catherine Carmier Book

Catherine Carmier


  • Author : Ernest J. Gaines
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-10-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307830340

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Catherine Carmier Excerpt :

A compelling debut love story set in a deceptively bucolic Louisiana countryside, where blacks, Cajuns, and whites maintain an uneasy coexistence--by the award-winning author of A Lesson Before Dying and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. After living in San Francisco for ten years, Jackson returns home to his benefactor, Aunt Charlotte. Surrounded by family and old friends, he discovers that his bonds to them have been irreparably rent by his absence. In the midst of his alienation from those around him, he falls in love with Catherine Carmier, setting the stage for conflicts and confrontations which are complex, tortuous, and universal in their implications.

The Inheritance Games Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Inheritance Games


  • Author : Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2020-09-01
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9781368053242

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The Inheritance Games Excerpt :

Don't miss this New York Times bestselling "impossible to put down" (Buzzfeed) novel with deadly stakes, thrilling twists, and juicy secrets--perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out. Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why--or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House where every room bears the old man's touch--and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a conwoman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

The Last Lecture Book
Score: 4
From 224 Ratings

The Last Lecture


  • Author : Randy Pausch
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2008-04-08
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781401395513

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The Last Lecture Excerpt :

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."---Randy Pausch A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living. In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

A Lesson Before Dying Book
Score: 4
From 62 Ratings

A Lesson Before Dying


  • Author : Ernest J. Gaines
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Advertising
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 073361714X

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A Lesson Before Dying Excerpt :

A LESSON BEFORE DYING is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade home to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and pride to Jefferson before his death. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting - and defying - the expected. Ernest J. Gaines brings to this novel the same rich sense of place, the same deep understanding of the human psyche, and the same compassion for a people and their struggle that have informed his previous, highly praised works of fiction.

Pinocchio  the Tale of a Puppet Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Pinocchio the Tale of a Puppet


  • Author : Carlo Collodi
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 140
  • ISBN 10 : 1603033939

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Pinocchio the Tale of a Puppet Excerpt :

Pinocchio, The Tale of a Puppet follows the adventures of a talking wooden puppet whose nose grew longer whenever he told a lie and who wanted more than anything else to become a real boy.As carpenter Master Antonio begins to carve a block of pinewood into a leg for his table the log shouts out, "Don't strike me too hard!" Frightened by the talking log, Master Cherry does not know what to do until his neighbor Geppetto drops by looking for a piece of wood to build a marionette. Antonio gives the block to Geppetto. And thus begins the life of Pinocchio, the puppet that turns into a boy.Pinocchio, The Tale of a Puppet is a novel for children by Carlo Collodi is about the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio, an animated marionette, and his poor father and woodcarver Geppetto. It is considered a classic of children's literature and has spawned many derivative works of art. But this is not the story we've seen in film but the original version full of harrowing adventures faced by Pinnocchio. It includes 40 illustrations.

Less Than Zero Book
Score: 3
From 47 Ratings

Less Than Zero


  • Author : Bret Easton Ellis
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-06-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307756466

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Less Than Zero Excerpt :

Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, this coolly mesmerizing novel—now a timeless classic—is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age. They live in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money in a place devoid of feeling or hope. When Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college, he re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porsches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay's holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark. Look for Bret Easton Ellis’s new novel, The Shards, coming in January.

It Ends with Us Book
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

It Ends with Us


  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Pocket Books
  • Release Date : 2020-07-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982143657

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It Ends with Us Excerpt :

In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn’t let go, long after you’ve finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can’t stop thinking about her first love. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life seems too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. An honest, evocative, and tender novel, It Ends with Us is “a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down” (USA TODAY).