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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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 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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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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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 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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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

BRAVE CHICKEN LITTLE by Robert Byrd
retold by Robert Byrd, illustrated by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A handsome, most welcome addition to the now–sadly neglected, too-little–published literature of folk and fairy tales. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Byrd retells the familiar tale of folly and trickery, adding some outsize bravery and a happy ending. Read full book review >

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PIRATE’S EYE by Robert Priest
ADVENTURE
Released: May 2, 2005

"Readers too will be left reflective by this understated episode. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As in his Old Pirate of Central Park (1999), Priest pairs elegantly composed, deceptively simple cartoon illustrations to an unusually rich and satisfying story. Read full book review >

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AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH by Robert Shetterly
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

In tribute to this country's proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls "the promise of America," presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. Read full book review >