Search Results: "Ron Powers"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"This hybrid narrative, enhanced by the author's considerable skills as a literary stylist, succeeds on every level."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Powers (Mark Twain: A Life, 2005, etc.) presents two searing sagas: an indictment of mental health care in the United States and the story of his two schizophrenic sons. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2001

"Not great literature by any means, but likely to interest students of aerial warfare and WWII history."
A memoir of high-altitude warfare by a well-known figure in WWII history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"A revelatory work with a great deal to say about the mythology, history, and future of the American Dream."
An extraordinary dissection by Powers (White Town Drowsing, 1986, etc.) of the plight and attempted resurrection of two small towns: Cairo, Ill., ``a violent, sorrowful little town'' perhaps breathing its last; and Kent, Conn., a ``prosperity-stricken'' rural town struggling to maintain its identity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Three narrative strands that never fully come together."
Powers (The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle, 2001, etc.) waxes nostalgic for his long-gone youth in Hannibal, Missouri, a place he shared "with a god of American literature," Mark Twain. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"There are 20 pages of chapter notes, but this biography is too good to be confused with literary criticism. Powers calls out 'mark twain' and leads us on Samuel Clemens's dangerous, poignant, and delightful voyage against the current."
An eloquent portrait of the American Renaissance's greatest writer as a young man. Powers is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of eight books. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2007

"A stirring adventure, smoothly recounted."
The story of Confederate raider Shenandoah, which preyed on Yankee shipping in an epic round-the-world voyage. Read full book review >

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RON POWERS
by Megan Labrise

When Kelly Rindfleisch wrote the words, “No one cares about crazy people,” she never dreamed Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers would read them. 

“I cannot describe to you the emotion, the shockwave, that hit me when I read that quote,” says Powers, author of No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TARA'S TIARA by Mark Powers
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Slight missteps with puns and humor do not detract from this charming children's fantasy that deftly integrates real-life facts about an important ecosystem."
The natural world of the redwood forest and a fantasy world of fairy-like creatures combine in Powers' children's tale of a treasure quest and justice served. Read full book review >

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THE HISTORY OF SWIMMING by Kim Powers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"A powerful nod to familial bonding, written with verve and genuine affection."
Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Powers initiates a desperate manhunt for his suicidal gay twin brother, who has vanished seven years after their tumultuous college days. Read full book review >

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OPERATION WANDERING SOUL by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1993

"Mingling wisps of whimsy and a hard-edged, surgical view, this cuts deeply into the human condition—to a dark, profoundly troubled place where hope and despair exist side by side."
Childhood innocence—imperiled through the ages and nowhere more at risk than in the heart of modern Los Angeles—stands as the imposing theme of Powers's latest complex, wrenching saga. Read full book review >

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THE GOLD BUG VARIATIONS by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"A formidable masterpiece, deeply vital and sparkling in its many facets, whimsical in its prose yet precise in its elucidation- -rewarding in every sense but, in particular, a profoundly moving love story."
Triumphantly true to form, Powers continues the densely layered and intricate plotting found in his earlier novels (Prisoner's Dilemma, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance) in this stunning epic that delves into molecular genetics, music, and information science, eloquently combining the mysteries of love and the passionate pursuit of knowledge. Read full book review >

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THE ECHO MAKER by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"One of our best novelists (The Time of Our Singing, 2003, etc.) once again extends his unparalleled range."
The theme of cognitive disorder, variously explored in Powers's forbiddingly brainy earlier fiction, is the central subject of his eerie, accomplished ninth novel. Read full book review >