Search Results: "John Thorn"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"An affecting work of emotional honesty and forgiveness."
A brave, moving story of a son's devotion to his dying father. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"When not freighted with indignation-overload, Thorne's high- and-lowbrow take on the foodscape at large makes for a singular vision."
Crotchety and erudite as ever, Thorne (Simple Cooking, 1987; Outlaw Cook, 1992) gets mired for a good third of this collection in the gravitas of his stubborn reverence for the Maine he calls home and the fugitive ethos of its foodways. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Stormy and pungent, a story that makes you count family blessings, no matter how meager."
A painfully beckoning memoir of a guy raising his son solo after his wife slips away into madness. Read full book review >

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THE POTATO BARON by John Thorndike
Released: May 30, 1989

Thorndike (Anna Delaney's Child, 1986) builds his smoothly constructed second novel around an 80's dilemma: in order to keep a marriage together, just how much does a man have to sacrifice for the sake of his wife's independence? Read full book review >

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HOME BODY by John Thorne
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 1997

"A modest charmer. (20 drawings)"
Precise reveries about the essential, overlooked domestic elements that shape our perception of a home. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2011

"A singular treat for baseball fans."
A prominent baseball historian's delightfully literate take on the mythmakers who shaped the story of the game's creation. Read full book review >

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OUTLAW COOK by John Thorne
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Both substantive and refreshingly quirky: Thorne's food- writing can feed your head and clear it of the prevailing burble."
Billed here as ``an iconoclastic eater,'' Thorne—author of a food newsletter and a 1987 anthology drawn from its pages, both titled Simple Cooking—is so far from the usual run of gushing food-writers as to make M.F.K. Fisher (reviewed above) look a little precious. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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TENNYSON by Michael Thorn
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"Read the Levi instead."
Compared with Peter Levi's learned, insightful Tennyson (p. 1370), Thorn's life of the poet is journalistic—a series of short, anecdotal chapters devoted to tableaux or gossip—and is, despite its fast pace, out of tune with the character and achievement of his subject. Read full book review >

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SUMMER POTPOURRI
by Bobbi Dumas

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a bunch of books that came my way, and a couple of them were just terrific, so I thought I’d share.

Adriana Anders’ Under Her Skin (February ’17) launched an intense contemporary romance series Blank Canvas which has a very interesting spin on the tattoo theme. (It got a ...


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