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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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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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 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 REDFORD by Michael Feeney Callan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2011

"A gripping, intimate treatment of one of cinema's last great iconic stars."
The life and times of the Sundance Kid. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Provides thorough coverage of a deserving subject."
Passionate biography of a Founding Father whose legacy exists in the shadow of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, but who played an equally vital role in the creation of the United States. Read full book review >

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ROBERT ALTMAN by Mitchell Zuckoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"An engrossing, comprehensive book that gives invaluable insight into the life and work of a truly original artist."
The expansive oral biography a great American director. Read full book review >

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ROBERT CREELEY by Ekbert Faas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Despite late-career reservations, the account of Creeley's first 40 years embraces the writer like a comfortable old jacket, and this biography feels a good fit. (Illustrations, not seen)"
The angriest bohemian, who nurtured so many avant-garde careers with his small magazines while pulling The Island and For Love out of his bag of tricks, gets unvarnished but admiring treatment here. Read full book review >