Search Results: "Brian Doyle"


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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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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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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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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 >

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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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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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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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FROM BRUGES WITH LOVE by Pieter Aspe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2015

"Van In's third features less of his complicated domestic life (The Midas Murders, 2013, etc.) and more head butting with higher-ups. Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Now that his wife, deputy public prosecutor Hannelore Martens, is pregnant, Bruges' Inspector Pieter Van In can stop skirt-chasing and settle down to what he does best: antagonizing the powers that be. Read full book review >

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THE SQUARE OF REVENGE by Pieter Aspe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 2013

"For those who discovered the Belgian city depicted here in the 2008 film In Bruges, this book will be a welcome return—with plenty more to come via translations of more Van In books, one hopes."
Belgian crime-fiction veteran Aspe's English-language debut thriller, originally published in Europe in 1995, introduces readers to chain-smoking, perpetually out-of-sorts DI Pieter Van In. Read full book review >

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THE MIDAS MURDERS by Pieter Aspe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2013

"Only Van In's intuition and his knack for noticing important details can explain how this raffish cop could possibly keep his job in this jokey, down-and-dirty tour of a town that can't make up its mind whether it's a museum for tourists or a haven for crooks."
Not only its citizens, but Bruges itself is under attack in this second case for Assistant Commissioner Pieter Van In to reach American shores. Read full book review >

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THE GIGGLER TREATMENT by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Includes an exquisitely wacky glossary. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Beware, all grown-ups who are contemplating being mean to a child. Read full book review >