Search Results: "Richard Thompson Ford"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A crisp analysis of the limits of our civil rights laws and a prescription for how to move beyond them."
A law professor argues against the harmful misuse of our civil-rights laws. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Provides welcome perspective on an explosive topic."
A well-considered, nuanced look at "post-racist" America. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN THEM by Richard Ford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A subtle, careful testament to devotion and a son's love for his parents."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer tells what he knows of the marriage of his loving parents—and what he can never know, as the only child who came between them. Read full book review >

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LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Another Bascombe novel would be a surprise, but so is this—a welcome one.
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The novelist returns with his favorite protagonist for a coda that is both fitting and timely. Read full book review >

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THE SPORTSWRITER by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1986

"Ford's singular voice seems squandered on such disposable wisdom and such an insignificant life."
For all its technical virtuosity, Ford's chummy narrative fails to transcend its rather tired genre: the male, mid-life crisis novel. Read full book review >

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CANADA by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2012

"At the start of the novel's coda, when Dell explains that he teaches his students 'books that to me seem secretly about my young life,' he begins the list with The Heart of Darkness and The Great Gatsby. Such comparisons seem well-earned."
A great American novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Read full book review >

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THE LAY OF THE LAND by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Though not as consistently compelling as Independence Day (too many chickens coming home to roost), this reaffirms that Frank Bascombe is for Ford what Rabbit Angstrom is for Updike."
The third and most eventful novel in the Frank Bascombe series takes a whiplash turn from comedy (occasionally slapstick) toward tragedy. Read full book review >

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ROCK SPRINGS by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 1987

"Ford's grim meandering serves these best—and makes them the standouts in an otherwise unexceptional collection."
Ford's stories can be individually striking, but corralling them lessens the effect: they seem like the same story done over. Read full book review >

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QUEST FOR THE FARADAWN by Richard Ford
Released: May 28, 1982

"A hardworking but contrived and clumsy fable-hybrid—for only the most undemanding, gullible fantasists."
A peculiar and often wearisomely didactic fantasy-debut that begins as a Watership-style animal saga, progresses to elves and magic after The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and ends up with the author suggesting that it's all "at the very least, based on fact." Read full book review >

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WILDLIFE by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1990

"These K-Mart pearls are the kind that country-and-western songs are strung with, and here especially they appear to be the only things Ford's high lonesome sound is after."
Readers of Ford's last book, a story collection (Rock Springs, 1987), will orient themselves quickly here—and wonder if maybe this isn't a story that got away from that collection and got puffed up a little. Read full book review >

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A PIECE OF MY HEART by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 1976

"Ford's book is not everyone's but it's potentiated by a very real talent—broody, moody stuff with some strong writing in a landscape of desolation and slow time running out."
Richard Ford's one of the new southern regional writers who's as unavoidable as the heat or the chiggers. Read full book review >

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A MULTITUDE OF SINS by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2002

"Typical Ford: earnest, labored, only intermittently illuminated by vivid characters and convincing impressions of the variety of their lives."
Actually, it's a single sin: adultery and its "multitude" of consequences, explored with varying success in this dour collection of nine stories and a novella, Ford's third such, following Rock Springs (1997) and Women Without Men (1987). Read full book review >