Search Results: "John O'Brien"


BOOK REVIEW

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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LOVE, HONOUR, AND O'BRIEN by Jennifer Rowe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The prolific Australian author (The Makeover Murders, 1993, etc.) offers the hilarious first in a new series that mixes humor with mystery."
A woman scorned hires a private detective, with decidedly unexpected results. 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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THE GIANT, O'BRIEN by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Distinguished by a deft use of voices (from O'Brien's soaring lyricism and earthy humor to Hunter's desiccated musings) and by a vivid portrait of the feculent underside of London: a fresh, moving meditation on the sources of wonder and the dangers of a depraved rationalism."
The title character in Mantel's grimly lyrical latest novel (after Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, 1997, etc.) is in flight from a number of horrors. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"More screwball than satire, the amusement factor can't raise the narrative from the weight of its too-familiar elements."
In a town where everybody is for sale, how is an agent of hell supposed to corrupt anyone? Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF JAKE O'BRIEN by Michael Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"A goofy, warm-hearted tale of lessons learned on and off the diamond."
A minor-leaguer gets a shot at the majors-and maturity-in this genial baseball saga. Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF JAKE O'BRIEN by Michael Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"A goofy, warm-hearted tale of lessons learned on and off the diamond."
A minor-leaguer gets a shot at the majors-and maturity-in this genial baseball saga. Read full book review >

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BUSY O'BRIEN AND THE CATERPILLAR PUNCH BUNCH by Michelle Poploff
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In a sequel to Busy O'Brien and the Great Bubble Gum Blowout (1990), Busy and friends Mitch and Roe can almost taste the 30 free ice-cream cones they'll receive for nominating the winner in a ``Good Neighbor of the Year'' contest (they'll get to name a new Flavor of the Month, too)—but then stuck-up rival Jolly Van Pelt steps forward with her own candidate. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTEEN SISTERS OF EMILIO MONTEZ O'BRIEN by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"Fat but flat."
Hijuelos's fluency—whether seamlessly singing the sad ballad of a family harrowed by madness and displacement in his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1985), or the slightly happier, warmer, more infectious up-tempo one of the Pulitzer-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989)—is his signature, and here he gives it a very, very long solo in a family chronicle that follows a huge Irish-Cuban family across the span of a century. Read full book review >

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JOHN PRINE by Eddie Huffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2015

"It's difficult for Huffman to establish much stylistic continuity when he relies so heavily on quotes from other journalists, but the unlikely success of the reluctant performer makes for fascinating reading."
A guide to the troubadour's career lacks access to the artist himself but benefits from a subject who is as intriguing as his songs. Read full book review >