Books by Robert Clark

Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Wildly ambitious in scope and driven by the author's passion for the city."
Novelist and historian Clark (Love Among the Ruins, 2001, etc.) delivers a besotted, occasionally unwieldy examination of the lore surrounding Florence's Arno River, centered around the great flood of 1966. Read full book review >
LOVE AMONG THE RUINS by Robert Clark
Released: July 1, 2001

"Slow-motion, but a crash just the same."
A foray into the "war summer" of 1968 that illuminates well the complexities, sensibilities, and passions of the time, if stumbling a bit in its storytelling. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"Creative in its connections of genealogy and personal history."
An imaginative spiritual autobiography, by novelist and biographer Clark (James Beard, 1993; Mr. White's Confession, 1998; etc.). Read full book review >
MR. WHITE'S CONFESSION by Robert Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1998

"Despite its florid subject, then: a gently, powerfully moving demonstration of the ways, as White concludes, that 'we are but memory enfleshed by love.' (Author tour)"
Clark's second fictional slice of St. Read full book review >
IN THE DEEP MIDWINTER by Robert Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Still, his ability to see the value in a lost, often ridiculed, way of life is valuable, as is his tidy narrative technique. (First printing of 50,000; $75,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A first novel by the biographer of James Beard tries to recapture the moral issues of 1950s America, a time when WASPish reticence and conservative social values reigned. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Told mainly through intimate glimpses into the past, this is a valuable addition to the body of works on the Columbia River region."
An original and vibrant account of the Columbia River's hold on the imagination of individuals and cultures, Native American and European, who settled and explored its banks and imbued it with their disparate spiritual and material values. Read full book review >
JAMES BEARD by Robert Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Clark is also generously appreciative, without fawning, of Beard's real gifts and contributions. (Photos)"
``Born fat to a food-obsessed mother,'' as Clark (former editor of The Journal of Gastronomy) puts it, America's preeminent foodie (1903-85) was an overstuffed child whose acting career was foiled by his enormous bulk—and who eventually turned the catering, cooking lessons, and food-writing he was doing just to get by into a career that made him ``a star in the dwarf constellation'' of the New York food world. Read full book review >