Call it what you want… and blow it off at your own risk. Sure, any attempt to move Robert Johnson into a high-rent neighborhood is going to have its shortcomings. If this neighborhood had a first resident, it would be the great Texan T-Bone Walker. And his blues pedigree is inarguable. But he also was influenced by and played with the great jazz guitarist Charlie Christian. And there are few sounds more pleasing to my ears than the sides he recorded on the L. Few bluesmen are more identified with the uptown sound than B. Had to have one, short of stealing!
She certainly has enough class to kill us softly with sensitive ballads like At Last and A Sunday Kind of Love, or carefully interpret any number of jazz standards My Funny Valentine leaps to mind. But as a former heroin addict and the illegitimate daughter of Minnesota Fats, Etta is always two steps away from the blues. On this next tune recorded live in L. Like B. Highly recommended! View 2 comments.
I don't usually like series. Although I might love the characters, I find myself getting generally bored with the various plots, often mundane or regurgitated, that the author tries concocting to keep the books coming. Not so with this series! I love, love it! The fourth book is just as wonderful, people! A girl is tempted to be dishonest and keep a nickel but she does the right thing.
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It is nice but just doesn't hit all the perfect points that the first one did. I think the family doesn't feel quite as special now that it is more assimilated in American society. There were some great scenes though. The one where the kids in all innocence ate a meal at the wrong apartment is hilarious!
So is the one of Ella and Jules eating at a restaurant for the first time ever.
I was glad to see Looks as though I'm skipping around in this series. I was glad to see a few strictly Jewish scenes in the book. I suppose that is part of what I missed from the first book. On the other hand, it was a good explanation of what people went through on the Home Front in World War I and the anxiety of wondering about your boys in the army. Recommended more for American history in this case, than the Jewish experience in the United States. Mar 10, Cynthia Egbert rated it liked it Shelves: library , prospector-loans. While the family is still adorable and made me laugh out loud more than once, this volume in the series is more real and sober.
The serious illness for Mama and then WWI meant that the family experienced some serious angst. They weathered it all well, together and I am looking forward to the next installment which I plan to begin immediately. Mar 25, Ashley rated it it was amazing.
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The characters and situations are as wonderful as ever, and there was still more for me to learn about Jewish culture and holidays, at least as they were practiced in the US Sep 26, Aida added it Shelves: reads-from-my-childhood. I can't believe it! I read this series way back at the onset of the 60's, when I was in third grade! One of the first Hispanic families in the Bronx neighborhood where we lived, I attended parochial school with several Italian and Irish children from the hood.
There was also a large Judaic community, with a large Synagog around the corner from where we lived. The children of these families attended the local public school, which was not far from where I attended. With only my street friends to e I can't believe it!
With only my street friends to expose me to cultural differences whether positively or negatively , there was little I could find in school that I could relate to in terms of my own, as well as their culture. As a second language learner, it took me a while to grasp reading in English. When the librarian asked me what books I was interested in, she turned me onto this series. I was able to share these stories with my friends in and out of school. They helped me to better understand the Judaic faith and their life customs.
Thankfully today, there is a greater variety of books available to inner city children that covers a wide range of cultures and religious faiths.
What a great medium to teach the young about understanding differences among people and how to embrace those differences! Not sure in today's standards how many stars it would earn.
Mar 11, Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , borrowed. All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor is a perfect illustration of why I recommend everyone try reading a book at random. There are some absolute gems out there that might be beyond your normal scope of view. So far, they have all been delightful. All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown is the third in a series of semi-autobiographical books by Sydney Taylor All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor is a perfect illustration of why I recommend everyone try reading a book at random. All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown is the third in a series of semi-autobiographical books by Sydney Taylor about a Jewish family living in the New York in the first half of the 20th century.
The war, while a setting for book is only one part of it. Ella, Charlotte, Henny, Sarah, Gertie, and baby brother, Charlie must help their father cope while their mother is in the hospital with appendicitis. As the children are learning how to run a house hold while dealing with all the other day to day things like school, holidays and boyfriends, many of the early chapters cover what it took to run a home back then especially on a tight budget.
Then at a third level, the passage of time is marked by the inclusion of Jewish holidays. These moments bring the family to life and make me wish I'd been able to read and review the book in time for the Jewish Literature Challenge! In fact, there's now an award for Jewish children's literature named in honor of Sydney Taylor.
The award even has its own blog. I knew that I had read some of these books as a child, but never in the correct order, and I didn't recall finishing them all. Now that I've re- read this one, I understand. I don't think I ever finished it, becasue although I remember the tea stained dress, the rest is a blank. I think I stopped reading it at the point when Mama had to go to the hospital, which must have frightened me, although now it seems kind of tame.
I must say that I wish the series was more well written, and now I see how selective Taylor was in choosing what about Judaism to include, and what to omit. Finally, concluding that Bill must have "fascinating stories" to tell, "being in a [German] prison camp and everything" just strikes me as crass, even if it might have been how people really responded after the Great War when "our boys" came home.
World War I catches up to our favorite girls as Ella's beau Jules is sent overseas and the girls work to support the war effort.
For the first time, the family has gentile neighbors, and Ella develops a friendship with the Irish-American Grace. Wartime sadness tinges this one with a bit more melancholy than the earlier books, yet it is full of the same lively humor, as each daughter gets her chance to shine.
Aug 12, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , childrens-books. I don't really remember it. I think books like this are exactly why beverly cleary was such a breath of fresh air.
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I don't remember much of how I decided what to read as a kid; I don't seem to have been all that discriminating. Paul and I enjoyed this one too. I was in tears as I read the ending when WWI ends and "the world is at peace. Jan 15, Bren rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , childhood-or-young-adult-years , read-and-reviewed , trilogys-and-other-series , historical , family-drama.
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