Search Results: "Robert Hellenga"


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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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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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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 KENNEDY by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A compelling re-telling of one of the saddest and most intriguing life stories in American politics."
Newsweek assistant managing editor Thomas (The Very Best Men, 1995, etc.) enlivens his engrossing RFK biography with fresh interviews and the use of previously restricted sources. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"At a time when the biographical form is inspiring much-needed experimentation, Seymour's straightforward approach seems old- fashioned, although sturdy. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but unimaginative life of the bardic English classicist, novelist, and poet. ``I could fall in love with my big toe if I wanted to,'' declared the contradictory Graves (18951985), notorious puritan and inveterate womanizer who held court for years at his home on the Spanish island of Majorca and is best known for his meditations on woman as muse in The White Goddess (1948), et al. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A fascinating insight into British politics through the life of someone who knew everyone of significance, and who possessed an unusual capacity to tell the truth, however much it hurt him. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A masterly biography of Robert Boothby, a Conservative politician now little remembered, whose Parliamentary career spanned more than 50 years during the interwar and post-WW II period. 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 >