Search Results: "John Grogan"


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THE LONGEST TRIP HOME by John Grogan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"A harmless, wholesome treat for those who don't mind a little treacle."
Author of the bestselling Marley & Me (2005) shares his candy-coated personal history. Read full book review >

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MARLEY by John Grogan
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Written with real affection and humor, this tender tribute to a dog 'with stinky breath and bad manners' will win the hearts of even those who aren't dog lovers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In this adaptation of his bestselling memoir, Marley & Me, Grogan celebrates the life of his free-spirited, bad-boy Labrador retriever. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Marley died at age 13, and the book ends with the Grogans thinking of adopting another puppy. Please, no sequels! Only the most alarmingly devoted dog lovers should bother with this one."
Maudlin, embarrassing ode to a pooch. 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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MARLEY AND THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT by John Grogan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Even a well-loved, popular main character can't save a story with frantic action, lame jokes and a plodding plot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Yet another story about Marley the misbehaving Labrador retriever; here he runs rampant through the town Easter egg hunt. Read full book review >

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A VERY MARLEY CHRISTMAS by John Grogan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"It may be time for this overworked pup to take a rest. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Grogan continues his Marley franchise with his third children's book about the boisterous yellow lab, rearranging the chronology of the family history slightly so that there are already two children in the family when Marley arrives. Read full book review >

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JOHN TANA by Bill Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2017

"For the setting and era alone, this ripping adventure yarn offers sufficient rewards."
Set in 19th-century Hawaii, a historical novel stars a handsome young hero. Read full book review >

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KING JOHN by Stephen Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Church sticks close to the evidence, almost all government records and surviving chronicles devoted to the deeds of great men. The result is not a page-turner but an insightful, likely definitive, biography."
Reigning from 1199 to 1216, King John's villainy remains a mainstay of popular media. Church (Medieval History/Univ. of East Anglia; The Household Knights of King John, 1999) does not downplay his defects in this scholarly but readable biography.Read full book review >

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JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

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JOHN BETJEMAN by Bevis Hillier
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2007

"An exemplary biography evoking, in classic form, lives and times just gone."
The reigning authority on all things Betjemaniac squeezes his assiduous three-volume biography about the late poet laureate into one really big paperback. Read full book review >

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JOHN DONNE by John Stubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2007

"Donne would be pleased with this intelligent, affectionate, articulate telling of his story."
A major biography of the poet and preacher, who knew Shakespeare, accommodated himself to three difficult monarchs and left behind a significant literary legacy. Read full book review >