Search Results: "Townsend Hoopes"


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FDR AND THE CREATION OF THE U.N. by Townsend Hoopes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"An absorbing study of the genesis of the UN and its continuing importance, with all its imperfections, to world peace."
From the authors of Driven Patriot (1992), a history of the rise of the United Nations out of the ashes of the failed League of Nations and WW II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1992

"A powerful biography—critical but sympathetic—of a driven man whose dark side permeates the narrative. (Thirty-six photographs—not seen.)"
An unsparing profile of James Forrestal (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy under Truman, by Hoopes (The Devil and John Foster Dulles, 1973, etc.) and Brinkley (History/Hofstra Univ.). Read full book review >

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AMAZING GREEK MYTHS OF WONDER AND BLUNDERS by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth, illustrated by P. Craig Russell (2008). (Graphic mythology. 10-13)"
From the tale of doomed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe to the Labors of Hercules, nine oft-retold myths get an off-the-wall graphic-novel treatment. Read full book review >

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Despots of Deseret by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"More vibrant parables about doubts and blasphemies that hide beneath a veneer of piety."
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grapple with the harshness of church teachings in these ironic but heartfelt stories. Read full book review >

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SELLING THE CITY OF ENOCH by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2014

"A playful, biting and surprisingly warm collection of perspectives on Mormonism."
A collection of subversive short stories about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read full book review >

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The Washing of Brains by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Well-crafted dispatches on the clash between religion and self-fulfillment that never quite break out of the box."
Gay Mormons struggle to wash homophobic doctrine right out of their minds in Townsend's (The Mormon Inquisition, 2016, etc.) latest story collection.Read full book review >

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THE ABOMINABLE GAYMAN by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2010

"An extremely important contribution to the field of Mormon fiction, whose current growth just might make all that explication unnecessary in the future."
In this novelistic collection of short stories, a gay Mormon missionary struggles to make sense of sexuality and spirituality in 1970s Italy. Read full book review >

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SEX AMONG THE SAINTS by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2010

"Lurid but humane tales of faith and its carnal discontents."
Mormon spirits are willing but the flesh is weak, wayward and kinky in these edgy stories. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN AND I by Sue Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Readers on this side of the Atlantic will find it diverting, too—chaotic, silly, with no real harm meant."
A funny, surprisingly sweet satire by the author of The Adrian Mole Diaries (1986). ``I have no money; British Telecom is threatening me with disconnection; my mother thinks she is living in 1953; my husband is starving himself to death; my daughter has embarked on an affair with my carpet fitter; my son is due in court on Thursday; and my dog has fleas....'' That's how Liz Windsor, the former queen of England, describes her current situation. Read full book review >

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Invasion of the Spirit Snatchers by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A funny, charming tale about a group of Mormons facing the end of the world."
Townsend (Gayrabian Nights, 2014, etc.) uses the apocalypse as a window into the secret lives of Mormons in this satirical novel.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2012

"A perfect read for the election season, though its appeal will endure."
An irreverent, honest look at life outside the mainstream Mormon Church. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"A disappointing failure to explore a rich topic."
Nostalgia reigns in this account of how the film industry responded to WW II. Read full book review >