Search Results: "Cullen Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Entertaining, lively chronicle of the Inquisition, touching on a wide variety of issues across the centuries."
A roving Vanity Fair journalist takes a swaggering stab at the Inquisition. Read full book review >

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JUST CURIOUS by Cullen Murphy
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"Murphy's classy writing and eye for mundane curiosities keeps the art of the essay alive as a stimulant to the senses as well as the intellect."
Atlantic Monthly managing editor Murphy gathers some three dozen of his essays, all but one written for the magazine and all displaying his considerable journalistic talents. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE MURPHY by Mark Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Six stories, a return of Michael Murphy from Costello's The Murphy Stories, that are uneven but filled with a marvelous sense of detail and affectionate satire: they manage ironically to deflate their midwestern subjects without turning mean-spirited. ``Young Republican'' is a series of carefully modulated vignettes about the narrator's father, a Republican County Chairman, ``forty-eight years old when I was born,'' who gets punched in the nose by a hired hand for political reasons. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2007

"An essay in the Walter Karp-Lewis Lapham mode that's sure to irk the neocons."
Imperial Rome and imperial America have many points in common, writes former Atlantic Monthly editor Murphy (Just Curious, 1995, etc.), not least that both "have considered their way to be the world's way." Read full book review >

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DUDLEY MURPHY by Susan Delson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A balanced portrait of a man and a panorama of his times, told with exceptional grace."
Dudley Murphy (1867-1968) doesn't bear a household name like vaunted film directors John Ford or King Vidor, but, as chronicled by Delson, his ambitious career out-barnstormed them all—even if it often only sputtered in the public eye. Read full book review >

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MURPHY, GOLD RUSH DOG  by Alison Hart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An adventure-filled tale set within a fascinating period of history. (historical note, bibliography, further reading) (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Historical fiction for dog lovers. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MURPHY by Roger Rosenblatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A colorful man nears his demise with a bit o' philosophizing and a song."
An elderly poet delivers a chatty, comic monologue on sex, death, life, and getting the girl. Read full book review >

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MOTHER MURPHY by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the series about Collette and her loving family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Collette's world turns upside down when she learns that her mother is expecting a fifth child, but in the end the Murphys work together to avoid losing a baby they discover they all very much want. Read full book review >

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READY FOR SCHOOL, MURPHY? by Brendán Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers' empathy for Murphy will be very strong even before the final page turn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Worries over a doctor visit just may trump worries over going to school for one bigheaded, big-eyed, spiky-haired tyke. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"And so on and on—in a refreshing treatment of a subject not usually associated with refreshment. (Line drawings throughout.)"
Twenty years ago, Rathje founded the Univ. of Arizona's Garbage Project, a program in which students sample, sort, and tabulate the awful offal collected from selected households, landfills, and other repositories of garbage, making comparisons on the basis of time, social class, and other variables. Read full book review >

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MURPHY LIVES HERE by Merryl Polak
Released: July 23, 2012

"An in-depth look at the nuances of infertility, helpful for couples facing similar circumstances."
Polak's memoir details the trials and disappointment of being unable to conceive when Murphy, of Murphy's Law, lives on your street. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 11, 2013

"Solid writing, remarkable details and the addition of Bulger's fairly recent capture make this a worthy addition to the literature of the mob."
A well-researched book claiming to be "the first complete and authoritative account" of the life of criminal James "Whitey" Bulger. Read full book review >