Search Results: "Stephen Harrigan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GATES OF THE ALAMO by Stephen Harrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"An original work of high distinction indeed: as fine a historical novel as any within recent memory, and far and away Harrigan's best book yet. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
A full-dress fictionalization of the historic siege remembered as "the Texas holy of holies," from the veteran Texas Monthly contributor and novelist (Jacob's Well, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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REMEMBER BEN CLAYTON by Stephen Harrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2011

"A heartening novel about art, war and the tug of family relationships."
A Texas rancher wants to commemorate his son, killed in World War I, by commissioning a statue, but we discover this public act covers up a failed relationship. Read full book review >

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CHALLENGER PARK by Stephen Harrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2006

"Lacks the manic, macho intensity of other astronaut tales (think Space Cowboys or The Right Stuff), giving it a comparatively staid—but much more mature—feel."
Peyton Place in space? A little. But while scandal is afoot in Challenger Park, life is mostly as complicated as it is everywhere else. The moral: There are things worth fighting for and people worth loving. Read full book review >

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A FRIEND OF MR. LINCOLN by Stephen Harrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A narrative that presents keen insights into Lincoln's complex personality."
A novel that concentrates on Lincoln's early years in Illinois, from his friendship with the (fictional) poet Cage Weatherby to his (altogether too real) relationship with Mary Todd. Read full book review >

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THE EYE OF THE MAMMOTH by Stephen Harrigan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 2013

"Like sitting next to a loquacious, genial and informative passenger on a slow trans-Texas train."
A Sooner-born, Longhorn-raised writer offers a rich selection of pieces originally published in Texas Monthly and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 26, 1992

"A graceful and low-keyed celebration of diving and the dazzling underwater world it reveals, as much for the underwater enthusiast as for the armchair traveler."
A leisurely tour of the coral reefs of Grand Turk Island, where novelist Harrigan (Jacob's Well, 1984) learns about nature and himself. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN FAIR by Tim Wynne-Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intense study in friendship and troubled family relations, in which the steadiest characters are the teenagers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Recurrent nightmares and a strong feeling that his mother is hiding something haunt a teenager in this ethereal novel from Wynne-Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Mark Sufrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An intelligent, beautifully written portrait of ``the first great pyro-technician of the novel, [who] probably wrote more trash than any other serious novelist of his time'' (Alfred Kazin): a strait-laced Methodist minister's rebellious son, who died in 1900, at 28, after a remarkably eventful life. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN FLORIDA by Gabe Habash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A lively, occasionally harrowing journey into obsession."
A college wrestler is driven to win, to the detriment of his mental health. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 22, 1999

"Although not an authorized biography (Spender wanted an Englishman), Leeming's work has the feel of one in its diffident summarization and reticent analysis of the life. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A "Pylon Poet's" progress over the century, from the official biographer of James Baldwin. Read full book review >

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EVEN STEPHEN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"His emotional crisis takes place in so few pages that it's almost pointless, but it's also the only real action in the book. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10+)"
According to his younger sister Sunny, who narrates this novel, there isn't anything at which Stephen, 17, doesn't excel: He has perfect SAT scores, girls drool at the sight of him, he's a star athlete, and has been accepted not only at Harvard but Yale, Princeton, and MIT as well. Read full book review >