Monica Edinger's Reviews > Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

Ain't Nothing but a Man by Scott Reynolds Nelson
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Dec 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction

Completely engaging. Gives a wonderful sense of the way a historian doggedly tracks down every possible source to find things out. Beautifully designed. The voice of Nelson is just right. I especially appreciated the captions for the photographs as too often an otherwise excellent work of nonfiction will be too skimpy about the art. I would imagine this book would really fire up some young history-buffs!

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Laura Monica, I heard Nelson at the School Library Journal summit this year - he's got a website where he discusses more of the journey to find JH (he feels that this is the direction of more NF in the future: a passionate monograph with a website that allows readers to "follow along"). Bet your class would love it.

Monica Edinger Thanks! One thing I wondered was how much and exactly what Aronson had to do with the book. I really liked Nelson's voice, for instance. Was that really his or did Aronson have a major hand in it?

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