Search Results: "Brian Doyle"


BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN NINE by Craig L. DeLue
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"DeLue proves to be a wizard of his craft as he builds Carpella into a world imbued with natural human emotion, savory plotlines, memorable characters, history-changing situations, a fight for freedom and everlasting glory in this epic page-turner."
In DeLue's debut, teenagers Brian Nine and Will Star are onboard a spaceship when a bolt of lightning causes an accidental launch and the subsequent discovery of a new, inhabited planet. Read full book review >

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BRIAN BORU by Morgan Llywelyn
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A satisfying tale of majesty and magic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 12+)"
Adapted from the author's bestselling adult title Lion of Ireland (1980), about the charismatic man who united the Irish under his rule in the tenth century. Read full book review >

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BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >

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THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A rare and unusual book and a brilliant, mystical exploration of the human spirit."
Doyle (Mink River, 2010, etc.) sets off with Declan O'Donnell, he of "flinty soul" and "salty confidence," sailing along the 45th parallel across the wide Pacific. Read full book review >

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ON CONAN DOYLE by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Despite a few shortcomings, an endearing, well-balanced introduction to a writer the Strand Magazine called 'the greatest natural storyteller of his age.'"
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic Dirda (Classics for Pleasure, 2007, etc.) provides a personal voyage around the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a prodigious variety of lesser-known heroes, worlds and volumes. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN CARSON IN SEVERAL QUARTERS OF THE WORLD by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An accomplished writer celebrates the nascent inspiration of a legendary one in this tender, affectionate, and terribly fun homage to the joys of storytelling and storytellers."
A young Robert Louis Stevenson is regaled by his landlord in tales of high adventure Read full book review >

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THE MIGHTY CURRAWONGS by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A nimble and very funny collection of stories from a writer who clearly values the human condition in all its myriad forms."
A collection of 31 delightful short stories from Doyle (Chicago, 2016, etc.), a prolific writer and editor of Portland Magazine. Read full book review >

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CHICAGO by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"The quiet introspection and cleareyed focus on a vibrant and powerful American city makes Doyle's (Martin Marten, 2015, etc.) paean to Chicago a literary jewel."
A nameless college graduate arrives in Chicago at the end of a 1970s summer. In his 15 months there, he grows in maturity and becomes a "storycatcher," a writer of empathy, insight, and passion. Read full book review >

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PURE SPRING by Brian Doyle
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"In the end, Martin defeats a scary workplace villain, wins a pretty girl and even aids a former Russian spy. (Fiction. YA)"
From one of Canada's premier wordsmiths comes a smart, stand-alone sequel to the award winning Boy O'Boy (2004). Read full book review >

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MINK RIVER by Brian Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A victim of sprawling ambition, both in plot and prose."
The prosaic and the spiritual merge in a portrait of life in a small Oregon town. Read full book review >

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UNCLE RONALD by Brian Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Unlike Spud, this Doyle's a dud. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Disconnected plot elements give this quirky tale from Doyle (Spud Sweetgrass, 1996, etc.) a superficial, slapdash air. Read full book review >

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SPUD SWEETGRASS by Brian Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Replete with laughs, tears, and twists, plus a young hero to admire and a cardboard villain to hate, this will slide down effortlessly, like all proper snacks. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An Ottawa teenager nabs a polluter and sees a hostile teacher served justly embarrassing desserts in this offbeat farce. Read full book review >