Search Results: "John Kennedy Toole"


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A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1980

"Unfortunately, this is all we'll have of Toole's talent; he committed suicide in 1969, age 32, leaving only this astounding book."
A masterpiece of character comedy finally published more than ten years after its writing, thanks to novelist Walker Percy—who furnishes a foreword. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"While hardly objective, this manifesto sheds much light on how the modern environmental movement emerged at the local level and how it is striving to deal with the current, more hostile political landscape."
Two leaders of the Hudson Riverkeeper organization, a New Yorkbased environmental advocacy group, recount their legal and public-relations battles against the polluters of one of America's famed waterways. Read full book review >

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Plague of Angels by John Patrick Kennedy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"An intriguing, intensely readable combination of Game of Thrones and the New Testament."
A dark fantasy about an alliance between the Queen of Hell and the Son of God. Read full book review >

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I Am Titanium by John Patrick Kennedy
Released: June 18, 2015

"The sort of teen horror-fantasy that would play well for high school heshers drawing horror comics in study hall."
Mayhem reigns as a dying boy and an outcast girl are boosted to the level of miraculous superhumans and thrust into violent battle against monstrous forces (or each other). Read full book review >

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WERESISTERS by John Patrick Kennedy
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A focused debut that's as funny as it is violent."
A high school junior discovers her werewolf heritage in this teen fantasy debut. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"For students of American politics and history, an intriguing, unique window into the formation of one of the country's most enduring and controversial dynasties."
A fascinating album of the Kennedy matriarch's collection of family photos focusing on the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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POUND FOR POUND by F.X. Toole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Not a flawless novel—it softens noticeably in the middle—but the characters are irresistible, and their gritty, savage, strangely noble world is vividly evoked, by the real-life boxing trainer whose real name was Jerry Boyd."
From the late author (1930-2002) of the short story (from the collection Rope Burns, 2000) that inspired the movie Million Dollar Baby comes Toole's only novel, a tough, tender tale about boxing people. Read full book review >

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HEE-HAW-DINI AND THE GREAT ZAMBINI by Kim Kennedy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Doug Kennedy's acrylics really pop—the mustachio'd Hee-Haw-Dini is a treat to behold—but his illustrations seem aimed at a younger audience than sister Kim's ample text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A farm odd couple becomes a magical team. Read full book review >

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THE KENNEDY CHRONICLES by Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 2013

"Mildly entertaining but superficial and unremarkable."
One of the original video jockeys waxes nostalgic on her time with the MTV network. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Readers seeking slightly scary mysteries with a generous dash of humor will find more enjoyment by selecting the similarly flavored, much more entertaining Pure Dead series by Debi Gliori. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Misty Gordon is chosen by the ghost of psychic Madame Zaster to protect their coastal New England town of Ashcrumb from an invasion of evil, ghostly pirates. Read full book review >