Search Results: "Joseph J. Ellis"


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A FREE LIFE by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A book that has obviously been labored over, yet still feels inchoate and unfocused."
A Chinese immigrant family's experience of 1990s America is treated at epic length in this heartfelt new novel from the NBA-winning author of Waiting (1999). Read full book review >

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FOUNDING BROTHERS by Joseph J. Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2000

"An exceptionally readable work, one that infuses life and order into the study of the early republic."
An accomplished historian and biographer seeks nothing less than to frame the Framers, bringing into clear focus the personalities and human dynamic that shaped and defined the early republic. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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FIRST FAMILY by Joseph J. Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2010

"An impeccable account of the politics, civics and devotion behind the Adams marriage."
The Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author presents a vivid and insightful portrait of John and Abigail Adams. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE RED FLAG by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Splendidly fluid and clear: Ha Jin has managed to make an utterly alien world seem as familiar as an old friend."
A peek behind the Bamboo Curtain, where Chinese poet Ha Jin, winner of the latest Flannery O'Connor Award, works out the conflicts between tradition and constraint that animate his second collection (after Ocean of Words, 1996). Read full book review >

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JOSEPH by Shelia P. Moses
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"Moses's heart-wrenching story of a young man's struggle to cut ties with his mother and a dead-end life will leave readers profoundly moved. (Fiction. 12-16)"
It is hard to imagine a more irresponsible, indifferent, negligent mother than the one 15-year-old Joseph Flood has endured. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2015

"This is Ellis' ninth consecutive history of the Revolutionary War era and yet another winner."
A brilliant account of six years during which four Founding Fathers, "in disregard of public opinion, carried the American story in a new direction." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"Sharply conceived and smoothly executed—a worthy addition to Ellis's already well-advanced project of lucidly explaining the nation's early history to his countrymen."
Pulitzer-winner Ellis (History/Mt. Holyoke Coll.; His Excellency: George Washington, 2004, etc.) tells six stories, each revealing the genius and the shortcomings of the Founders. Read full book review >

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IN THE POND by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Fascinating, refreshing, and uncommonly subtle: Ha Jin has made China available to a new world and a world of new readers."
A first novel by the Chinese dissident and poet whose previous stories (Under the Red Flag, 1997, etc.) have already entitled to him fair comparisons with Solzhenitsyn. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 1993

"By focusing on Adams's retirement, Ellis doesn't achieve the sweep of a full biography—but he's able to capture the man's appealing spirit, providing new perspective on an unfairly neglected Founding Father. (Photographs)"
In a meditative and discursive essay (mostly about its subject's long retirement), Ellis (History/Mount Holyoke; After the Revolution, 1979) ponders the distinctive personality and achievements of America's endearingly cantankerous second President. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 4, 2013

"Kevin Phillips' 2012 tour de force, 1775, delivered a massive argument for that year as the key to American independence. A traditionalist, Ellis sticks to 1776 and writes an insightful history of its critical, if often painful, events."
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ellis (First Family: Abigail and John Adams, 2010, etc.) writes book after book on the American Revolutionary period. Practice makes perfect. Read full book review >