Search Results: "Julian Hoffman"


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THE SMALL HEART OF THINGS by Julian Hoffman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A deeply felt book that will lead readers to other books that inspired it."
A sharply observed, occasionally overwritten collection of essays on the interrelationships of man and nature, of soul and place. Read full book review >

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SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >

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NEW BOY by Julian Houston
FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2005

"Rob is a character to care for as he finds his way in school, meets a girl and participates in history-making events. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Rob Garrett is the first black student in the 87-year history of Draper, a Connecticut boarding school. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1996

"A fitting conclusion to one man's scrupulously accounted-for journey of self-discovery that, like the best of confessional literature, transcends the individual to become universal."
In this fourth and final volume of his autobiography (Love in America, 1994, etc.) Read full book review >

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THE PORCUPINE by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Little about much."
Barnes's famously light touch is applied to a bar of lead here: the nauseated, exhausted atmosphere of a newly de-Socialized Balkan state. Read full book review >

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NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF by Julian Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2008

"Gentle and lucid—a welcome change from the polemical tone of so many books on the matter (or antimatter, if you like) of the big guy upstairs."
Life's a bichon, and then you die. Read full book review >

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FLAUBERT'S PARROT by Julian Barnes
Released: March 8, 1984

"So—for connoisseurs of Flaubert or of fiction generally: an economical, balanced, gliding defense of the artist and his art—cast in an oddly undefinable form that's very special but never precious."
Sly, quite witty, and very smart: an elegant meditation on the precincts of Art and Life, embodied in that great polar-bear of these two antipodes—Flaubert. Read full book review >

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NIRA/SUSSA by Julian Darius
Released: June 1, 2012

"An artistic rendering of male/female relations, questioning the ever-present power dynamics in life and love."
As much a love story as a brutal tale of BDSM, Darius' first novel explores the limits of sexual appetite and its ties to wealth and power. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE DIAMONDS WERE GONE by Julian Padowicz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A sad and curious memoir that will make others with unhappy childhoods know they're not alone."
Padowicz (A Scandal in Venice, 2013, etc.) adds the memoir of his years as a refugee in the United States to his earlier works about his and his mother's escape from Poland during World War II.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A compelling example of the examined life worth living, however painful the cost."
The second volume of Green's autobiography (The Green Paradise, 1992), continuing his exacting and scrupulously frank ``inner exploration''—as he recalls his often lonely adolescence in a time of war. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN AMERICA by Julian Green
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Self-portrait of the artist as a young man, rendered with an excoriating candor that makes Green such a master and exemplar of the confessional voice."
American expatriate Green records searing conflicts between heart and spirit as he finally comes to recognize his sexual identity in this third volume of autobiography (The Green Paradise, 1992; The War at Sixteen, 1993). Read full book review >