Search Results: "John Burnham Schwartz"


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THE COMMONER by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"Not likely to go over well with the Japanese royals."
Schwartz (Claire Marvel, 2001, etc.) taps into the increasingly popular trend of blurring the boundary between fiction and nonfiction with this imagining of the lives of the current Empress and Crown Princess of Japan, both alive but seldom seen or heard from in public. Read full book review >

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NORTHWEST CORNER by John Burnham Schwartz
Released: July 26, 2011

"Stark and deeply effecting."
In this sequel, 12 years have passed since the fatal hit-and-run at the center of Schwartz's Reservation Road (1998), and the focus turns from the father of the victim to the perpetrator of that crime and his long-estranged, now-grown son. Read full book review >

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RESERVATION ROAD by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rarely have three lives in crisis been detailed with such compassion and care: a tragic, utterly absorbing tale. (First printing of 100,000)"
The complex stages of guilt, grief, and recovery in the wake of a boy's hit-and-run death are exquisitely portrayed in this heartrending story by Schwartz (Bicycle Days, 1989), whose characterizations are as finely nuanced as they are sympathetic. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE MARVEL by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Very precious, very trite-seeming. Love Story it's not."
An acutely sensitive love story, the sort in which feelings and psyches are so fragile that the normal ups and downs of true love become near-fatal wounds. Here, a thirtysomething man recalls his haunting love for an elusive and complex woman. Read full book review >

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BICYCLE DAYS by John Burnham Schwartz
Released: May 8, 1989

A slice-of-life first novel about a confused young American in Japan. Read full book review >

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BERMUDA SCHWARTZ by Bob Morris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"The sunken-relic plot is serviceable, the Trimmingham subplot rather better. Zack himself remains an anti-authoritarian guy with attitude to spare who's just not as funny as he thinks he is."
Zack Chasteen, ex-football-playing ex-con, continues his tour of the Caribbean with a Bermuda idyll that mixes three parts rum to one part Da Vinci Code. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The author quotes Newman then successfully proves him wrong. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Randy Newman famously sang, "short people got no reason to live," but Schwartz presents himself as living proof that being short is no obstacle to happiness or success. Read full book review >

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SOME WOMEN I HAVE KNOWN by John Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A wistful but spotty memoir."
Paying homage to his great uncle, an ex-World Bank professional makes his debut with a memoir featuring the series of women he encountered in his youth. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"An odd but alluring retelling of the works of an obscure author.

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Schwartz (Some Women I Have Known, 2015, etc.) reintroduces a forgotten Dutch literary giant in this work of literary criticism.Read full book review >

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Maarten Maartens Rediscovered by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An odd, if oddly compelling, summarization of a forgotten writer's works."
Schwartz (Maarten Maartens Rediscovered, 2015) offers a second volume summarizing the fiction of a Dutch author. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"An honest, earnest, straightforward account of one boy's coming out."
A family's memoir of raising a gay son. Read full book review >