Search Results: "Frank Schaeffer"


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ZERMATT by Frank Schaeffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"An amiably diverting account of domestic chaos, but nothing more."
The last of a trilogy (Portofino, 1992; Saving Grandma, 1997), this set in 1966, about the mixed-up childhood of Calvin Becker, whose parents were missionaries working to save the Swiss. Read full book review >

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SAVING GRANDMA by Frank Schaeffer
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Good material, though with jokes that are often overplayed and a scattered, episodic structure that slows the story's drive."
In a sequel to Portofino (1992), Schaeffer offers an uneven, if sweet-natured, comic tale of a boy's struggle for independence from his often-loony missionary family. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2011

"Sweet and savory familial adoration."
In the third installment of the "God Trilogy," prolific novelist and nonfiction author Schaeffer (Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism), 2009, etc.) tells "the truth" about his mother's curious impartation of religion and sex. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2014

"An intriguing, readable memoir aimed squarely at the post-faith modern era."
A faith-oriented autobiography with an unconventional approach. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The wisdom about shunning rigid thinking outweighs the meandering memoir and lack of original theme in this hybrid volume."
A meditation on the follies of religious and atheist fundamentalism. Read full book review >

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BABY JACK by Frank Schaeffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Any war deserves a better novel than this one."
The war in Iraq tears an American family apart, in a novel that suffers from cultural stereotypes, political polemics and a strange depiction of the afterlife. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Candid, sometimes angry and clearly cathartic for the author."
Interesting glimpses into the burgeoning religious right folded into a deeply personal memoir. Read full book review >

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PORTOFINO by Frank Schaeffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Sometimes contrived or predictable, but, overall, good-humored diversion: a wry coming-of-age tale with a few splendid laugh-out- loud moments."
From the author of The Scapeweed Goat (1989): a pleasant, low- key comedy of manners about a family of fundamentalists and their hormone-driven son who vacation each year on the Italian Riviera. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Dramatic and laugh-out-loud funny, beautifully written and deftly constructed, deeply affecting in its honest portrayal of the authors' passions: a stunning achievement."
Father and son jointly relate their experiences when the younger man joins the Marines. Read full book review >

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THE MARQUIS DE SADE by Neil Schaeffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"This life of Sade is a respectable biography, but not likely to stand out in the crowd."
Schaeffer (English/Brooklyn Coll.) is an unlucky fellow. Read full book review >