Search Results: "Dermot Davis"


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Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World by Dermot Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2013

"A decently set up satire that never quite pays off."
In Davis' (Zen and Sex, 2013, etc.) satire, a down-on-his-luck novelist accidentally spawns a self-help empire. Read full book review >

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OUR LADY OF GREENWICH VILLAGE by Dermot McEvoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"McEvoy manages to sustain some suspense—and even inject some idealism—although we know where this election is heading."
Rife with hard-drinking, lusty cynicism and quirky characters named Cyclops Reilly or Monsignor Séan Pius ("Johnny Pie") Burke, this is very much the Irish Catholic, New York City novel its title suggests. Read full book review >

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SUDDEN TIMES by Dermot Healy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2000

"American readers will want a glossary of Anglo-Irish slang, but anyone who reads this will catch the brooding strangeness of this eerie, difficult book."
One man's descent into the hell of madness, pursued by men who may have killed his best friend, as told by the acclaimed novelist and poet (The Bend for Home, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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A GOAT'S SONG by Dermot Healy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An epic and compelling lament that just goes on a little too long."
From the author of 1986's Fighting with Shadows comes this sprawling novel about one Irish couple caught in a labyrinth of love and hate, in a torn nation that publicly mirrors their private strife. Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE ANGEL by Dermot McEvoy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 16, 2002

"Formulaic and a bit heavy on location (so many New York bars and shops get mentioned it seems like product placement), but a pleasant and amusing debut even so."
Publishing veteran McEvoy envisions what would happen if Michael Collins had come back from the dead to travel to New York in the 1990s. Read full book review >

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LONG TIME, NO SEE by Dermot Healy
Released: July 2, 2012

"An affecting account of the love that leaps across a generation."
A young man holds his grief over the death of a friend in check by watching over his granduncle; a quietly impressive (if overlong) fourth novel from the Irish Healy (Sudden Times, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BALTIMORE ATROCITIES by John Dermot Woods
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The book is illustrated with the author's charming ink drawings, which have the feel of New Yorker cartoons...if only one could get the joke."
A work of avant-garde fiction that makes The Wire look like a promotional video from the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce. Read full book review >

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THE BEND FOR HOME by Dermot Healy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"With his descriptive talent and his knack for making comedy out of tragedy, Healy has written a beautiful, imaginative, full- blooded memoir."
Eschewing straightforward chronicle, Irish poet and novelist Healy (A Goat's Song, 1995), born in 1947, re-creates his upbringing through a series of impressionistic word-pictures and characterizationsmost poignantly of his father, a policeman who retired early due to ill health. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
by Poornima Apte

Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

Children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney reminds us what a big deal this was in 1962 when the book was first published. The ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FINBAR'S HOTEL by Dermot--Ed. Bolger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1999

"More than a curiosity, but less than a masterwork: a collection that holds together surprisingly well given that each story is ultimately self-contained."
Seven Irish novelists—Joseph O'Connor, Anne Enright, Colm To°b°n, Roddy Doyle, Jennifer Johnston, Hugo Hamilton, and Bolger himself—collaborate, with generally good and at times outstanding results, to tell a tale of a single night in a once-famous, soon-to-be-demolished Dublin hotel. Read full book review >