Search Results: "Jr. Renehan"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

A solid, balanced portrait of the radical fringe of New England abolitionists who bankrolled John Brown's ill-fated but pivotal raid at Harpers Ferry. Read full book review >

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COMMODORE by Jr. Renehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A warts and more warts portrait of a brilliantly successful, genuinely despicable man."
A remarkably unflattering life of the 19th-century transportation magnate who amassed the largest private fortune in American history. Read full book review >

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JOHN BURROUGHS by Jr. Renehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1992

"Renehan gives the old Burroughs-as-lovable-bewhiskered- funkster chestnut a decent burial, and, commendably, allows the man to emerge from the fog of his reputation—broad of stature but riddled naturally enough with foibles. (Photographs—not seen.)"
John Burroughs (1837-1921) might have wished for more poetry in this biography by free-lance writer Renehan (The American Scholar, The Conservationist, etc.), but he couldn't have asked for a more inclusive or caring portrait. Read full book review >

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THE KENNEDYS AT WAR by Jr. Renehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 2002

"A strong addition, unobtrusively narrated, to a well-covered subject."
A thorough and lively history of America's first family during WWII. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An unusual view of the human side of an extraordinary public figure. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selection; author tour)"
A warm, poignant picture of the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and his six remarkable children, based on previously unpublished family letters, papers, and interviews. Read full book review >

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GOD JR. by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A refreshing departure from the obsessive redundancy of its predecessors. Probably Cooper's best yet."
And now for something different from the master of homosexual punk sadomasochism. Read full book review >

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WITTGENSTEIN JR by Lars Iyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Pieced together from terse vignettes and enlivened with a liberal scattering of exclamation points, the novel teeters between exaggerated gloom and moments of true tenderness. Existential angst is rarely this entertaining."
An enigmatic young philosophy lecturer infuriates, intrigues and ultimately beguiles his Cambridge University students in this droll love story about logic and learning from Iyer (Philosophy/Newcastle Univ.; Exodus, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Blending scholarship and ironic detachment, an admirably balanced treatment of a politician who provoked anything but objectivity during his Marion Barry-like career. (Thirty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The first full-length biography—and likely the authoritative one for years to come—of the flamboyant black congressman who, as civil-rights gadfly and as libertine, exemplified the gap between our nation's ideals and practices that was given a name in Gunnar Myrdal's ``American Dilemma.'' Blessed with good looks, eloquence, and a bully pulpit (he succeeded his father as head of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the nation's largest black congregation), Powell became ``Mr. Civil Rights'' in the pre-King era by combining agitation and electoral politics. Read full book review >

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Jane Doe Jr.  by Berta Briones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A slapdash attempt to address the very serious issues of gender identity and teen suicide."
A transgender teen, born as Mark but determined to live as Samantha, struggles for acceptance from her peers and family in this novella. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1989

Breezy, cheeky biography of the man who, as director of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), dominated modern art for decades. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"A compelling portrait of a conflicted feminist."
Finely detailed biography of a woman whose ascension as a cult figure writing as a man was the most visible facet of her fascinating and, in the end, tragic life. Read full book review >