Search Results: "John Irving"


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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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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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JOHN!  by Rolin Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"While sometimes offering a confusing tangle of voices that lack individual features, this tale delivers a fresh and well-researched fictionalization of the assembling of the Apostles from John's point of view."
A young John the Apostle leaves his home to follow Jesus in this debut biblical novel. 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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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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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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UNTIL I FIND YOU by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2005

"Is this Irving's worst novel? No doubt about it. Will it sell gazillions of copies nevertheless? Absolutely."
The life of an actor is compromised and traumatized by his many relationships with older women, in Irving's sprawling—in fact, overstuffed—11th novel. Read full book review >

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THE CIDER HOUSE RULES by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1985

"Finally, this effort is sometimes moving or amusing, but also irritating and ultimately disappointing."
As in The World According to Garp, a young man is trying to find his way as he grows up amid institutional, individual, familial, and social craziness in upper New England. Read full book review >

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THE 158-POUND MARRIAGE by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1974

"Hardly spiritual, but serious and ebullient — with some elemental symbolism for those looking for a little more."
This energetic, often intelligent novel about a four-way marriage has as much sleight-of-hand as the earlier Nabokov but avoids the master's aestheticism. Read full book review >