Search Results: "Joseph J. Ellis"


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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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AMERICAN SPHINX by Joseph J. Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"A thoughtful and respectful, but not worshipful, reassessment of the enduring meaning of Jefferson's life and work. (History Book Club main selection)"
In the latest of a spate of books on his legacy, Ellis (History/Mount Holyoke Coll.; Passionate Sage, 1993) argues that Thomas Jefferson was neither the saintly hero of myth nor the devious hypocrite depicted by some revisionist studies, but a protean character whose complex qualities evoke the best and worst aspects of our history and culture. Read full book review >

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THE CRAZED by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"Not one of Ha Jin's better efforts. Still, readers who've admired his later fiction won't want to miss it."
A vigil at the bedside of a beloved teacher and mentor challenges, then changes the course of, a young graduate student's life: the deeply felt "new" novel by Chinese-born American author Ha Jin (Waiting , 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BRIDEGROOM by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2000

"Marvelous fiction. Ha Jin's work is getting better and better."
The cultural and economic consequences of capitalism vs. communism are dramatized in unforgettably human terms in this brilliant third collection of 12 stories (Under the Red Flag, 1997, etc.) by the Chinese-American author (Waiting, a 1999 National Book Award winner). Read full book review >

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HIS EXCELLENCY by Joseph J. Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"'A modest-sized book about a massive historical subject,' Ellis calls it. Well done, too, though admirers of Washington may find in it more—or less—than they bargained for."
A revisionist life of the Founding Father, motes and warts and all. 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 >

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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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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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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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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: 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 >