Search Results: "David Wills"


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THE DIARY OF AN IDIOT by David Wills
Released: Feb. 9, 2012

"A well-drawn narrator, fast-paced plot and dark humor make Wills' debut a promising one."
A young man begins keeping a diary to improve his humdrum existence—just days before love, violence and loss consume his life. Read full book review >

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“NEGRO PRESIDENT” by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"An eye-opening, carefully argued exposé of what the author justifiably considers to be one of the big sleeper issues in American political history."
Thomas Jefferson may have agonized privately over keeping slaves, writes Pulitzer-winning historian Wills, but he didn't think twice about putting them to work defending the institution of slavery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Though Wills continues to wear his erudition on his sleeve, he is also, as ever, provocative—and, here, eloquent and moving too. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another attempt by journalist-historian Wills (Under God, 1990, etc.) to peel away layers of myth to extract the original context and continued relevance of an American institution—as he did in his trilogy about the Enlightenment influence on early America: Cincinnatus (1984), Explaining America (1981), and Inventing America (1978). Read full book review >

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VERDI'S SHAKESPEARE by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"While the book has an enormous amount to teach devotees of either Shakespeare or Verdi, opera fans in particular will enjoy the author's close and illuminating attention to backstage history, as well as words, music and phrasing."
One genius interprets another: English to Italian, words to lyrics, immortal drama to overpowering opera. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH POPE FRANCIS by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome, thoughtful menu for the new pope on how to proceed with reform."
Beautifully conceived and wrought essays that systematically address the wrongheadedness of the Catholic Church over centuries—and the space therein for Francis' long-needed reforms. Read full book review >

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1688 by Jr. Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Occasionally entertaining bedside reading for history buffs, but not much more."
Another global history set in a pivotal year. Read full book review >

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SAINT AUGUSTINE’S CONVERSION by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2004

"Elegant and well annotated: of considerable interest to students of the church fathers and doctors."
Fourth and last volume (after Saint Augustine's Sin, 2003, etc.) of classicist/historian Wills's translation of Augustine's Confessions, a key document of the early church. Read full book review >

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SCATTERPATH by Maralys Wills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1993

"Notwithstanding the author's dead-on command of black-box and procedural detail, then: a clumsy, suspense-free narrative whose cul-de-sac plotting keeps it earthbound."
A would-be shocker that, for all its chillingly authentic asides on air crashes, never gets off the ground. Read full book review >

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PAPAL SIN by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2000

"An invigorating read that is sure to spark controversy."
Popes used to sin openly, and Catholics knew it, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner Wills (John Wayne's America, 1997, etc.) in his new study of contemporary Catholicism. Read full book review >

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VENICE: LION CITY by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A history from the precious perspective of a devotee."
Prolific classicist Wills (Saint Augustine's Childhood, above, etc.) examines the politics, art, and religion of Renaissance Venice to show how the sea empire was a crowning achievement of civilization. Read full book review >

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THE FARTHER YOU RUN by Davida Wills Hurwin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2003

"Upscale Lurlene McDaniel fare. (Fiction. YA)"
Samantha, the surviving friend in perennially popular A Time for Dancing (1995) continues her life immediately following Julie's death by leaving dancing completely alone. Read full book review >

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THE PULITZER PRIZES 1990 by Kendall J. Wills
Released: Nov. 12, 1990

Fourth volume in the annual series, and once again the work—articles, commentary, criticism—proves exemplary. Read full book review >