Search Results: "Austin Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Woodruff combines swift pacing, historical detail (Harriet Tubman makes an appearance), humor, suffering, depth, and precise characterizations, for wholly satisfying page turner. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers don't have to have read Dear Levi (not reviewed) to enjoy this sequel, a gripping historical novel that covers two boys' journeys from innocence to manhood. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE MURPHY by Mark Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Six stories, a return of Michael Murphy from Costello's The Murphy Stories, that are uneven but filled with a marvelous sense of detail and affectionate satire: they manage ironically to deflate their midwestern subjects without turning mean-spirited. ``Young Republican'' is a series of carefully modulated vignettes about the narrator's father, a Republican County Chairman, ``forty-eight years old when I was born,'' who gets punched in the nose by a hired hand for political reasons. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2004

"After this paean to all he's learned, it's jarring to read that Murphy later returned to the Sports Illustrated life. He may claim that since his adventure, 'when I'm home, I'm more involved,' but that's cold comfort."
Predictable but funny account of a sports journalist's half-year stint as a stay-at-home dad. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A fun, frenetic memoir of one of the more volatile college gridiron campaigns in recent memory."
Attention college-football fanatics: If you couldn't find your way to either the Golden Dome in South Bend or the Swamp in Gainesville last season, never fear, Austin Murphy (How Tough Could It Be?: The Trials and Errors of a Sportswriter Turned Stay-at-Home Dad, 2004, etc.) is here. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"More than just a game book of college football, The Sweet Season at the innocent appeal of sports in everyday life."
Sports and human interest intertwine as a man rediscovers the pureness of amateur sports as well as the joys of family life. Read full book review >

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DUDLEY MURPHY by Susan Delson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A balanced portrait of a man and a panorama of his times, told with exceptional grace."
Dudley Murphy (1867-1968) doesn't bear a household name like vaunted film directors John Ford or King Vidor, but, as chronicled by Delson, his ambitious career out-barnstormed them all—even if it often only sputtered in the public eye. Read full book review >

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MURPHY, GOLD RUSH DOG  by Alison Hart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An adventure-filled tale set within a fascinating period of history. (historical note, bibliography, further reading) (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Historical fiction for dog lovers. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MURPHY by Roger Rosenblatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A colorful man nears his demise with a bit o' philosophizing and a song."
An elderly poet delivers a chatty, comic monologue on sex, death, life, and getting the girl. Read full book review >

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MOTHER MURPHY by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the series about Collette and her loving family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Collette's world turns upside down when she learns that her mother is expecting a fifth child, but in the end the Murphys work together to avoid losing a baby they discover they all very much want. Read full book review >

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READY FOR SCHOOL, MURPHY? by Brendán Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers' empathy for Murphy will be very strong even before the final page turn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Worries over a doctor visit just may trump worries over going to school for one bigheaded, big-eyed, spiky-haired tyke. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"An inspiring, eye-opening introduction to a sport not to be confused with commercial wrestling."
An absorbing account of achievement by a one-legged college athlete who beat the odds and won the 2010-2011 NCAA individual wrestling championship. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2011

"An inspirational story for anyone, especially those living with Parkinson's."
Renowned bicycle racer and founder of the Davis Phinney Foundation gives the gift of life. Read full book review >