Search Results: "Robert Hellenga"


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BLUES LESSONS by Robert Hellenga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2002

"Well-wrought but painfully heartfelt: Hellenga's (The Fall of a Sparrow, 1998, etc.) story creeps at a snail's pace to a conclusion obvious to most readers long before."
An amiable if long-winded coming-of-ager set amid the quiet turmoil of 1960s rural Michigan. Read full book review >

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PHILOSOPHY MADE SIMPLE by Robert Hellenga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2006

"There's nothing whimsical about this solidly grounded fiction, which enchantingly explores the space between philosophical concepts and our hapless floundering in life's challenges."
In Hellenga's vibrant fourth novel, a retired widower embarks on a semi-philosophical quest that yields an avocado grove, an elephant and a new love. Read full book review >

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THE SIXTEEN PLEASURES by Robert Hellenga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1994

"In the course of mending books in Florence, Margot Harrington is releasing herself from the rigid bindings of her old life, and both processes prove to be absolutely compelling."
A wonderfully rich and absorbing story that seems far too assured to be a first novel. Read full book review >

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THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANCES GODWIN by Robert Hellenga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"A resourceful storyteller, Hellenga presents a likable heroine confronting guilt, self-doubt and wavering faith, a woman strong enough to do just fine without divine intervention."
Catullus, the confession box, a loaded gun and a muscle car punctuate a former teacher's memories in a novel rich with life and strangely awkward. Read full book review >

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SNAKEWOMAN OF LITTLE EGYPT by Robert Hellenga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Three reasons to love Hellenga: He's a fine storyteller; he gives us new eyes; he restores our sense of wonder. Attention must be paid."
He's an anthology professor. She's a snake-handling ex-con. What they share, in this gloriously quirky sixth novel from Hellenga (The Italian Lover, 2007, etc.), is a hunger for knowledge. Read full book review >

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THE ITALIAN LOVER by Robert Hellenga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2007

"Hellenga's delicacy and insight redeem what might have been a mere retrospective rehash of Pleasures."
Hellenga (Philosophy Made Simple, 2006, etc.) returns to Florence, the setting of his celebrated first novel (The Sixteen Pleasures, 1994), this time to chronicle the fictional (so far) production of the movie version of said novel. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF A SPARROW by Robert Hellenga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 1998

A thoroughly absorbing and deeply moving consideration of "the strength of love" matched against "the strength of death" dominates this wonderful second novel by the author of the widely acclaimed The Sixteen Pleasures (1994). Read full book review >

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ROBERT BROWNING by Pamela Neville-Sington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2006

"Close readings of Browning's work done with a deft, light hand."
Husband of the more famous Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett emerges his own man in the 30 years after her death in this sprightly life by British biographer Neville-Sington (Fanny Trollope, 1998). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1990

"Gripping."
The bright bolt of Robert Graves's thralldom to The White Goddess in the figure of Laura Riding—a long, rich, butchering madness; middle volume in Richard Graves's life of his uncle Robert, begun with Robert Graves: The Assault Heroic, 1895-1926 (1987). Read full book review >

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ROBERT ALTMAN by Patrick McGilligan
Released: May 10, 1989

Jumbo, sympathetic trek through the incredibly productive life of hard-drinking, maverick, anticommercial film director Robert Altman. Read full book review >

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WILD ROBERT by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Minor Jones to be sure, but still entirely intelligent and engaging. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Wild Robert provides the fizz in this outing from master fantasist Jones, the first US edition of a 1989 novella. Read full book review >