Search Results: "Jonathan Raban"


BOOK REVIEW

WAXWINGS by Jonathan Raban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2003

"Sharper (and a lot faster) than The Bonfire of the Vanities, may well be one of the best accounts ever written of an American era."
British-born Raban (Passage to Juneau, 1999, etc.) sends a poison-pen letter to his adopted homeland in this witty account of America at the turn of the millennium. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1991

"No Whitmanesque sentimentality here, but a jaunty, perceptive, and remarkably assured report on the American Dream today."
Can the US still produce ``some fantastic reversal of fortune, some miraculous transfiguration'' for those who migrate to its shores? Read full book review >

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SURVEILLANCE by Jonathan Raban
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"A coolly delivered portrait of the Wired Age, when paranoia rules and truth is at a premium."
When the going gets tough, the tough get nosy. And so, in this well-realized novel by veteran writer Raban (Passage to Juneau, 1999, etc.), does everyone else. Read full book review >

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BAD LAND by Jonathan Raban
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1996

"A powerful, grim new slant on those who took the way west—and of the terrible consequences when their dreams curdled and died. (First serial to the New Yorker)"
As seen in the punning title, travel writer Raban (Hunting Mister Heartbreak: A Discovery of America, 1991, etc.) adds a second, more sinister meaning to the legendary Montana-Dakota stretch of the Great Plains. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Full of ideas that move through the language with the grace of a well-captained sailboat."
The acclaimed writer offers a collection of essays about America and Americana. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Impeccably written and told, this will be irresistible to Raban's many admirers, as well as those who value a good story."
A rich, multilayered narrative of solitary travel through a vast and chilly landscape. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN SWIFT by Leo Damrosch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A rich and rewarding portrait of an irreplaceable genius."
A feisty, first-class life of the sage and scourge of English Literature. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN EDWARDS by Philip F. Gura
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Controversial, and a quick, enjoyable read. Gura will grab at least some of the audience of armchair-history-lovers that professional historians always claim they want to reach."
A gauntlet-throwing biography of the 18th-century minister and theologian who's in the pantheon of great American intellectuals, along with Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B. DuBois, and the James brothers. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN UNLEASHED by Meg Rosoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"No bones about it, readers of this charmer are in for a real treat."
Jonathan's dogs are having an existential crisis. Or maybe it's just him. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN ROBERTS by Gregory P. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"An exhaustive biography, which serves as a welcome addition to American Civil War and Quaker history.
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Wilson chronicles the life of Jonathan Roberts, a Quaker who served in the Union Army during the Civil War despite his pacifist convictions. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN SWIFT by John Stubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A rich and sweeping story superbly told."
A resplendent biography of the "most notorious writer of his day." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1999

"Like his Gulliver,' Glendinning concludes, 'Swift is always too big or small for the company he keeps,' but she at least puts him into some proportion to his life and times. (8 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A lively, discursive distillation of the Swiftian essentials from Swift's own life. Read full book review >