Search Results: "Jim Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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Released: April 26, 2012

"A ride alongside a master flier with a cool head and sly sense of humor who, even facing death, refused to be grounded by circumstance."
Facing a terminal illness, an aviator reflects on his time above and below the clouds. 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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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2009

"Grand. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Murphy returns to the War Between the States for this account of Antietam, known as the bloodiest battle in American history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 6, 1996

"Murphy provides the best of both, the drama and the grind, appeasing readers' fascination with war without romanticizing it. (b&w reproductions, bibliography, chronology, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
A brief history based on the privately printed memoirs of Joseph Plumb Martin, who, at the age of 15, signed up for the Connecticut state militia on July 6, 1776, and stayed with the army for the next seven years. Read full book review >

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THE LONG ROAD TO GETTYSBURG by Jim Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1992

"Capacious bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Relying heavily on firsthand accounts plus uncredited (but apparently contemporary) photos, prints and sketches, Murphy opens and closes with the battlefield dedication ceremony, in which Edward Everett delivered a long, eloquent speech and President Lincoln was tentatively invited to give ``a few appropriate remarks'' (quoted in full); in between, the author analyzes Lee's strategy; points out the many ironies of timing and position that affected the battle's outcome; and, using brief extracts from the journals of a Union corporal and a Confederate lieutenant, captures a soldier's-eye view of the exhausting marches, frantic firefights, and weary, poignant aftermath. 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 >

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REVENGE OF THE GREEN BANANA by Jim Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Wry commentary and schoolboy machinations lighten but don't mask the sour tone, and Sister Angelica's free pass will likely leave readers feeling cheated. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
An underachieving sixth-grader plots to "murderlate" a bullying nun in this darkly comic semiautobiographical novel. Read full book review >