Search Results: "Bob Smiley"


BOOK REVIEW

DON'T MESS WITH TRAVIS by Bob  Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"A freewheeling political satire that does for politics what Texan Dan Jenkins' antic fictions did for golf and football. Smiley's first novel disproves the notion that conservatives can't be really funny."
In this debut novel, Ben Travis, a lowly state senator in Texas, has stumbled into the job of governor. Read full book review >

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GOOD FAITH by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2003

"Blunt and bold: the work of one of America's best writers."
Smiley nails the Greed Decade with her trademark precision and philosophical bite. Read full book review >

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GOLDEN AGE by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Despite all the dire events, the narrative energy of masterfully interwoven plotlines always conveys a sense of life as an adventure worth pursuing."
The title is decidedly sardonic, given the number of deaths and disasters Smiley inflicts on the Langdon family and kin in the final volume of her Last Hundred Years trilogy (Early Warning, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >

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FALSE PROFITS by Patricia Smiley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 22, 2004

"Romantic byplay with her ex Eric Bergstrom and sexy Detective Deegan provide Tucker scant distraction from sleuthing: a lively debut."
On the fast track to a corner office, financial analyst Tucker Sinclair finds more than her promotion in jeopardy when her latest client's body washes ashore by the Venice Beach pier. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1996

"In the end, the preaching is directed to the choir, no matter how good the oratory may be."
Liberal pulpit-pounding from a young master of the exploding what's-wrong-with- America genre. ``People are tired of being preached to, from the Left and Right,'' talk-radio host Smiley observes. Read full book review >

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SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An expansive, episodic tale showing this generally flinty author in a mellow mood: surprising, but engaging."
Smiley (Private Life, 2010, etc.) follows an Iowa farm family through the thick of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Impressive craftsmanship and high imaginative quality distinguish an annual that's becoming an essential."
Many roads are traveled in this sixth gathering of the best stories culled from the nation's writing programs and conferences. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE THE WIRE  by Patricia Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"The creator of amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair (Short Change, 2007, etc.) re-ups her tough-girl cred. Despite an egregious blunder on the subject of genetics, Smiley's second LAPD entry moves the plot as deftly as she moves the reader, with lots of action and just enough heart."
The LAPD's Davie Richards deals with the aftermath of a police-involved shooting by investigating a serial killing. Read full book review >

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PRIVATE LIFE by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Her most ferocious novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres (1991) and every bit as good."
Smiley roars back from the disappointing Ten Days in the Hills (2007) with a scarifying tale of stifling marriage and traumatizing losses. Read full book review >

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COVER YOUR ASSETS by Patricia Smiley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2005

"Smiley's second maintains a nice balance between whodunit and why-on-earth-does-she-keep-doing-it, with smart, sassy Tucker caught squarely in the middle. "
A comically painful stroll down memory lane stresses a management consultant's work life, her home life and especially her love life. Read full book review >

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A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1991

"With the Bard's peak moments—the storm, a blinding, etc.—a potent tragedy immaculate in characters, stately pace, and lowering ambiance."

BOOK REVIEW

THE AGE OF GRIEF by Jane Smiley
Released: Sept. 10, 1987

"And there is that memorable and sobering perspective—when vision changes from the far distance to the near reality of a life suddenly grown shriveled and, alas, permanently small."
Five short stories and a novella by the author of Duplicate Keys (1984) and At Paradise Gate (1981), all celebrating, in one way or another, what Smiley in the novella dubs "The Age of Grief"—that time in middle age, "after all that schooling, all that care," when coming around to you is "the same cup of pain that every mortal drinks from." Read full book review >