Search Results: "Bill Roorbach"


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THE GIRL OF THE LAKE by Bill Roorbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Readable entertainments that have much to say about the world."
Elegant, assured short stories by Roorbach (Summers with Juliet, 2016, etc.), winner of an O. Henry Prize for a story gathered in an earlier collection. Read full book review >

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THE SMALLEST COLOR by Bill Roorbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2001

"Well-drawn characters and a topical theme make this a lively read."
Roorbach (Summers with Juliet, 1992, etc.) effectively juggles a number of themes in a slyly composed whodunit that's also a paean to burying the bones of the past. Read full book review >

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SUMMERS WITH JULIET by Bill Roorbach
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Nicely penned in places, but hamstrung by incessant meandering."
Courtship, travelogue, nature observations, and fish stories cover the map in this unfocused debut. Read full book review >

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THE REMEDY FOR LOVE by Bill Roorbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Lyrical, reserved and sometimes unsettling—and those are the happier moments. Another expertly delivered portrait of the world from Roorbach (Life Among Giants, 2012, etc.), that poet of hopeless tangles."
A closely observed meditation on isolation and loneliness "in a world in which no social problem was addressed till it was a disaster." Read full book review >

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LIFE AMONG GIANTS by Bill Roorbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A narrative threaded through with corruption and an appreciable number of love stories."
With memories of people tangled "in a hopeless knot," David "Lizard" Hochmeyer attempts to unravel the Gordian in Roorbach's (Temple Stream, 2005, etc.) latest novel. Read full book review >

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TEMPLE STREAM by Bill Roorbach
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"Deft and evocative, making small adventures loom joyfully large."
A quest for the headwaters of a small stream in Maine becomes an obsession bound up in a celebration of life. Read full book review >

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BILL by Chap Reaver
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Laced with wonderfully dry humor and pungent observations, a grand yarn that begs to be shared aloud, and again. (Fiction. 10+)"
From the late author of Mote (1990) and A Little Bit Dead (1992; both Edgar winners), an endearing story that, despite its compelling climax and some pleasingly melodramatic features, is markedly less violent than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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Love, Bill by Jan Krulick-Belin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2016

"A touching biography of a World War II soldier that unfolds like a mystery."
A woman doggedly investigates the details of her father's life, a man she hardly knew. Read full book review >

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BILL MAULDIN by Todd DePastino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"An engrossing portrait of a cartooning genius."
Entertaining biography of a poor boy who entered the military as a teenager and became perhaps the greatest war cartoonist of all time, thanks to a couple of GIs named Willie and Joe. Read full book review >

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BILL CLINTON by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Still, for the moment it's the most complete life yet of the man, and though it will at turns puzzle both fans and detractors of Clinton and his legacy, it's well worth reading for all concerned."
An overblown (and this is but the first volume, ending with the crushing defeat of Bush I), often out of tune, but oddly fascinating account of William Jefferson Clinton's pre-White House life and career. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

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BILL CLINTON by Elaine Landau
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
A simply phrased, heavily illustrated introduction to our 42nd president, focusing on his youth and political career but also covering, albeit briefly, his adult private life. Read full book review >