Search Results: "John Irving"


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IRVING HOWE by Edward Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"But he also deserved someone far more attuned to all the dimensions of his life and his political commitments."
A detailed and dogmatic intellectual biography of one of the leading American literary critics, political journalists, polemicists, and Jewish intellectuals of the past 50 years. Read full book review >

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IRVING BERLIN by Mary Ellin Barrett
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This memoir succeeds on a small scale, as a daughter's reach across time to recapture her childhood and make a final attempt to connect with her father. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Life with father, glossing over the bad times and trumpeting the good. Read full book review >

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WASHINGTON IRVING by Brian Jay Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A solid introduction to an interesting life, but nothing definitive about a pivotal figure in American culture."
Readable, once-over-lightly biography of "America's first bona fide best-selling author." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Though Hamm's arguments are well made, his overly academic approach stifles the very exuberance so endemic to the works of this popular songwriter."
A comprehensive study of the first seven years of songwriting (ending with his first Broadway musical) from one of America's most popular songwriters. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTH HAND by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2001

"Recently Irving has been alternating his usual doorstoppers with slighter books like the miscellany Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (1996) and the memoir My Movie Business (1999). Don't be fooled by The Fourth Hand. He's still between novels."
A handsome TV newsman has his left hand chomped off by a hungry lion, and a former lacrosse star stays in game shape by hurling dog turds into the Charles River . . . hmmm, probably not the new Eudora Welty novel, you say? Read full book review >

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IN ONE PERSON by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"Woody Allen's bon mot about bisexuality is that it doubled one's chances for a date, but in this novel Irving explores in his usual discursive style some of the more serious and exhaustive consequences of Allen's one-liner."
Billy Dean (aka Billy Abbott) has a difficult time holding it together in one person, for his bisexuality pulls him in (obviously) two different directions. Read full book review >

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MY MOVIE BUSINESS by John Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"If Irving had treated this subject as fiction, it would have been a much more grippingly incredible story."
From the master of the absurdist novel, an ordinary tale of moviemaking. 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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AVENUE OF MYSTERIES by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Though not as irresistible as early works such as The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, a welcome return to form."
Sex, drugs, and mariachi: Irving's (In One Person, 2013, etc.) latest ventures south of the border and then back again, tracing the long road and unforeseeable turns that we travel in this world. Read full book review >

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A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The borderline-tearful ending is a bit much, but at least there aren't any bears."
Irving's latest LBM (Loose Baggy Monster, that is), which portrays with seriocomic gusto the literary life and its impact on both writers and their families, is simultaneously one of his most intriguing books and one of his most self-indulgent and flaccid. Read full book review >

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TRYING TO SAVE PIGGY SNEED by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The many who cherish his energy and generosity as a novelist will find much here to whet their appetites for his next big tale."
An uneven miscellany of fiction, autobiography, and commentary from the author of, most recently, A Son of the Circus (1994). Read full book review >

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1978

"But this hint of staleness will be all but totally disguised to first-time readers: Irving's style and zest remain superb, and his fondness for children—his anxiety over them and their welfare—is as rare and fine and affecting and pure as Heller's or Cheever's."
Book-club spotlighting is bound to introduce Irving's particular brio to its largest audience yet; his newest book is characteristically broad and eager, Heir to a shoe-manufacturing fortune and a Wellesley dropout, Jenny Fields becomes a nurse, which isn't quite the thing for a girl of her station. Read full book review >