Search Results: "Bill Roorbach"


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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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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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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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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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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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BILL ROORBACH
by Gregory McNamee

Bobby Mullendore, a sixth grader, has just committed the perfect crime: he’s excused himself, permanently, from school with a crafty stratagem, and now he’s on the loose, ready to enjoy a Huck Finn existence of wandering in the woods of a country estate. Alas, those woods hold other plans for him, for a man who “smelled of cologne” and “looked ...


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BILL GOLDSTEIN
by Mark Athitakis

In 1922 the poet Ezra Pound wrote that “the Christian Era ended at midnight on Oct. 29-30 of last year”—that is, the moment James Joyce finished writing Ulysses. Pound’s pronouncement helped stoke a kind of folk tale that has accompanied the novel ever since. Joyce unleashed his experimental masterwork, the story goes, and then the rest of the literary world ...


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BILL HAYES
by Alex Layman

Bill Hayes was 48 when he moved from San Francisco to New York. His longtime partner had died suddenly, and after a lifetime on the West Coast, Hayes was looking for a place to reinvent himself. In New York, he found exactly that. Shortly after moving, Hayes begins a relationship with famed neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. What unfolds from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIG TOP OTTO by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Nonthreatening, nonstop mayhem…next stop: Tinseltown! (Graphic adventure. 8-11)"
Otto the peanut-allergic elephant cracks another case. Read full book review >

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THE TYPEWRITER by Bill Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Words rule in this intriguing, impressive, imaginative, nearly wordless narrative drama. (Picturebook. 5-9)"
Three kids find an old typewriter, igniting spectacular surprises when they start playing with it. Read full book review >

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BIG STAR OTTO by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"For devotees of Asterix and perhaps Tintin, but not for everyone. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Otto's in Hollywood, but he doesn't care about stardom; he wants his best friend, Georgie. Read full book review >