Search Results: "Jay Parini"


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THE APPRENTICE LOVER by Jay Parini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2002

"Masterful prose, pacing, characterization, and ear for language."
An acclaimed poet, biographer, and novelist (The Last Station, 1990; Benjamin's Crossing, 1997, etc.) memory-dips—and indulges his passions for mentor relationships and Italy: a lyrical and affecting coming-of-ager set in 1970 on the magical isle of Capri. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF DAYS by Jay Parini
Released: April 1, 1998

paper 0-8050-5714-5 Novelist, critic, and Steinbeck biographer, Parini channels the —ancestral voices— of Wordsworth, Emerson, Roethke, and Robert Penn Warren in this fourth volume of verse, which reminds us of nature's transience and rues the imperfect relation between objects, words, and tropes. Read full book review >

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JAY by Jay Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"An account that rushes too quickly from one memory to the next without allowing a scene's potential to develop fully."
A debut memoir focuses on a rural childhood and adventurous self-discovery. Read full book review >

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THE PASSAGES OF H.M. by Jay Parini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"An appealing portrait of a questing, turbulent spirit."
Following novels based on Tolstoy (The Last Station, 1990) and Walter Benjamin (Benjamin's Crossing, 1997), Parini offers his seventh: a piquant exploration of the life of Herman Melville as sailor, writer and family man. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN'S CROSSING by Jay Parini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Nonetheless, Parini's portrait of an entire generation of intellectuals overwhelmed by revolution and war, and of their desperate attempts to make sense of their world, is resonant, convincing, and deeply sad. (Author tour)"
A moving, impressively informed novel based on the life of one of the century's most austere, provocative, and tragic intellectuals, Walter Benjamin (18921940). Read full book review >

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BAY OF ARROWS by Jay Parini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 1992

"Witty, imaginative, and refreshing reprise of the now increasingly worked-over Columbus saga, but for all the insights and originality, an ultimately contrived concept."
A literate and literary romp through history and contemporary academia as Parini (The Last Station, The Patch Boys, etc.) gently indicts Christopher Columbus and his fictional protagonist, poet Christopher ``Geno'' Genovese, for their patriarchal misdeeds. Read full book review >

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EMPIRE OF SELF by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A superbly personal biography that pulsates with intelligence, scholarship, and heart."
An intimate but unblinking look at Gore Vidal (1925-2012), the gifted essayist, playwright, novelist, and public personality, who, for a time, seemed ubiquitous in the popular culture. Read full book review >

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JESUS by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"This 'big tent' version of Christianity proceeds from a generosity of spirit rather than didactic argument."
An insightful illumination of the life and significance of its subject, but this is more of a compact summary than a spark for fresh discussion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Admittedly formulaic, but also learned, educative and even provocative."
A baker's dozen of titles that have altered the course of history. Read full book review >

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ONE MATCHLESS TIME by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"Excellent portraits of Faulkner's falls from various horses—and his determination, no matter how broken, to remount. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Some fresh evidence but a conventional treatment of the Yoda of Yoknapatawpha County. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 19, 1998

"A book to be dipped into—at least in its first and last sections—rather than read through, but not without its felicities."
Parini is an accomplished novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, p. 410, etc.), poet, biographer, and critic, so it is no surprise that these essays roam all over the literary map. Read full book review >