Search Results: "Josephine Rascoe Keenan"


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In Those First Bright Days of Elvis by Josephine Rascoe Keenan
Released: May 2, 2016

"The King of Rock and Roll presides over this tale of youthful loss and longing."
Elvis is back in the building in Rascoe Keenan's debut novel. Read full book review >

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IN THOSE DAZZLING DAYS OF ELVIS by Josephine Rascoe Keenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2017

"A convincing glimpse into the challenges of navigating small-town gossip, social pressure, and the inevitable difficulty of becoming an adult."
A young, unmarried, pregnant woman in 1950s Arkansas faces an uphill climb in Keenan's (In Those First Bright Days of Elvis, 2016) follow-up novel. Read full book review >

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PUTTING ON THE RITZ by Joe Keenan
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An ebullient, overplotted tour of New York's brutish high life that's zany, arch, and gay in every sense of the word."
In a knockabout sequel to Blue Heaven (1988), songwriter Philip Cavanaugh agrees to write a set of tunes for untalented would-be songbird Elsa Champion—as a cover for spying on her boorish super- rich husband Peter. Read full book review >

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FULL MARKS FOR TRYING by Brigid Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Keenan understands how much the world has changed and hopes her story will resonate with reflective readers who will appreciate her brief but warm glance back in time."
A memoir about "what it was like to grow up…in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s in a family that was, like Britain itself, facing and adapting to the enormous changes taking place around us with gathering speed." Read full book review >

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MY LUCKY STAR by Joe Keenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2006

"Keenan freshens his obvious model, Noël Coward's drawing-room farces, by restoring the gay sex Coward had to edit out."
A pair of comedy writers are lured to Hollywood, where their troubles swiftly swell to epic proportions in this catty, overplotted farce from the longtime writer/producer of Frasier.Read full book review >

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SEX WITH SHAKESPEARE by Jillian Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A raunchy memoir revealing a visceral connection to the Bard."
With a fetish for being spanked, Keenan sees sex in nearly every Shakespearean play. Read full book review >

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Phantom Fire by J.R. Keenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2014

"A complicated yet convincing story of good and evil that keeps the preaching to a minimum, the suspense to the extreme."
In Keenan's (The Origin and Applicability of Fighter Tactics, 1986) epictale, a retired fighter pilotand football star, now an accomplished actor, returns to the town of his youth to seek answers and perhaps right wrongs of the past. But he'd better hurry: he only has one day to live.Read full book review >

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PACKING UP by Brigid Keenan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Intimate, funny and keenly observed."
A British memoirist continues the engaging story she began in her best-selling book, Diplomatic Baggage (2005), about her late-midlife experiences as the wife of a career diplomat. Read full book review >

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THE TRENCH ANGEL by Michael Keenan Gutierrez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"By turns lyrical and brutal, Gutierrez stretches an intriguing piece of historical fiction to cover multiple themes."
Gutierrez's debut sets the industrialized murder of World War I as backdrop to the murderous industry of coal mining in the American West circa 1919. Read full book review >

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FOUR QUARTERS OF LIGHT by Brian Keenan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Keenan's self-deprecating humor and eagerness to learn set this apart from many travelogues."
Where does an Irishman go after reading The Call of the Wild? To the Arctic Circle, of course. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Adventuresome and enlightening brain candy for the jet set."
A devilishly witty travelogue from a globetrotting expatriate's wife. Read full book review >

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AN EVIL CRADLING by Brian Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Harrowing; exalting; unforgettable."
A hostage memoir unlike any other—because from the nearly unimaginable degradations that Keenan, a working-class Irishman, suffered for four and a half years at the hands of Muslim extremists, he's woven not only a compelling tale of endurance but an indelible testament to, as he puts it, ``the richness, perhaps even enchantment, of humanity.'' In 1986, Keenan, then 36 and teaching in Beirut, was snatched by Shi'ite gunmen—an act he describes in the kind of penetrative detail that distinguishes his narrative: ``I noticed two of [the gunmen] breathing very fast. Read full book review >