Search Results: "John U. Bacon"


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PLAYING HURT by John  Saunders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2017

"A story that merits both sympathy and attention."
The late ESPN host and commentator recounts years of struggle with mental illness. Read full book review >

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FOURTH AND LONG by John U. Bacon
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A fan's notes rather than a critic's analysis."
A true believer in the traditions (even sanctity) of the college game gnashes his teeth about the corrosive, corrupting influence of money. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A must-read for Michigan fans and behind-the-curtain peekers."
An insider look at the controversial tenure of Rich Rodriguez at one of college football's most storied programs. Read full book review >

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FRANCIS BACON by Michael Peppiatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Peppiatt stalks and bags elusive prey: a better understanding of a disturbing body of work created by a man who lived inscrutably, in purposeful chaos. (illustrations, not seen)"
In his time, the late Francis Bacon was regarded both as England's ``most important living painter'' and as a ``cheap sensationalist.'' This excellent biography reveals a dramatic self- mythologizer who painted brilliantly enough to realize his self- cast, epic-tragic role. Read full book review >

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FRANCIS BACON by Perez Zagorin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"A valuable work for the serious Bacon scholar, but not for the layperson. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
An erudite investigation into the work of the man regarded as the founder of the Scientific Revolution, this volume attempts to tie together Bacon's many writings, not only on science, but also on language, morals, politics, rhetoric, law, and history. Read full book review >

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THE BACON FANCIER by Alan Isler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"By turns angry, deeply inventive, and unsettling, these novellas are a penetrating and original meditation on the vexed question of identity and a pointed reminder that Isler is swiftly becoming a writer of very considerable powers. (Author tour)"
Four precise, elegant novellas, depicting, with wit and anger, the efforts of beleaguered Jews to come to an understanding with a hostile Gentile world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Throws a few incompletes, but finds the end zone more often than not."
The life story of one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"At a remove, Ferguson is downright smart and entertaining; in the thick of it, you feel his pain."
The college-admissions process scrubs Weekly Standard senior editor Ferguson (Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America, 2007, etc.) like a Brillo pad in this droll, tart chronicle of his son's progress to Big State U. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA U by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Kids might get a chuckle out of the baby doll whose head falls when Molly forgets to give it enough support, and the diaper episode is good gross fun, but the reading level for this item really ought to be 50. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though the punch line in Ransom's story of a grandma's formal education in grandmahood is groaningly predictable, the buffed and cheery illustrations elevate what is essentially a picture book for grandmothers. 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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FAIL U. by Charles J. Sykes
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Though Sykes' Limbaugh-esque project scores some good points along the way, his shrill denunciations don't get at the core of the real problem or at a solution."
Ah, college, a time for beer blasts, casual sex, and, ahem, "bizarre cultural intolerances." Read full book review >