Roots by Alex Haley
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...a bestseller with more substance than most. Published in August 1976, nicely timed for a bicentennial year, Roots had already touched off a genealogy craze...Roots, billed as a “genealogical novel,” was an earthy book. It was also unsparing in its depictions of slavery.
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A great novel about the slavery era and struggles in the United States. Brilliant work by Alex Haley!
 

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ALEX HALEY taught himself to write during a twenty year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. After retiring, he worked as a freelance magazine writer. His first book was The Autobiography of Malcom X, on which he was collaborator and editor.  ROOTS: The Saga of An American Family was his second book, for which he was awarded special recognition from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award committees. He also wrote A Different Kind of Christmas, available from Random House Value Publishing, and Queen, a sequel to ROOTS. Haley died in 1992.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 1, 1976 by Doubleday & Company. 609 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, War, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

...a bestseller with more substance than most. Published in August 1976, nicely timed for a bicentennial year, Roots had already touched off a genealogy craze...Roots, billed as a “genealogical novel,” was an earthy book. It was also unsparing in its depictions of slavery.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Ashley Harrell on Oct 07 2011

Much more than the story of a black family that lived through slavery, Roots is about an American family, and the yearning for freedom in everyone. It is an absolute must read...A grand master of storytelling, Haley crafts each scene to come alive for the reader. He painstakingly structures the narrative to juxtapose characters and conditions...

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Good
Reviewed by Beth L on Jun 03 2015

Even though Roots is not for those who desire immediate gratification, with its extensive detail, my opinion is that the literary experience is well worth the length. I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy thought-provoking literature, interspersed with lessons of hope, faith in loved ones, and joy in family...

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Above average
Reviewed by April on Mar 09 2012

Stylistically, Roots has very short chapters. Haley’s writing is very to the point and plot driven. The characters speak in dialect, which lends authenticity, but sometimes I found it hard to decode. I guess I would have liked to be more invested in the characters beyond Kunta Kinte, but wasn’t really given the chance.

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