A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2012-03-13
ISBN 10: 0062204106
ISBN 13: 9780062204103
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Prayer for Owen Meany Book Review:

“A remarkable novel. . . . A Prayer for Owen Meany is a rare creation in the somehow exhausted world of late twentieth-century fiction—it is an amazingly brave piece of work . . . so extraordinary, so original, and so enriching. . . . Readers will come to the end feeling sorry to leave [this] richly textured and carefully wrought world.” — STEPHEN KING, Washington Post A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany. In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary. “Roomy, intelligent, exhilarating, and darkly comic . . . Dickensian in scope . . . Quite stunning and very ambitious.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review “Brilliantly cinematic . . . Irving shows considerable skill as scene after scene mounts to its moving climax." — ALFRED KAZIN, New York Times

Disgruntled

Disgruntled
Author: Asali Solomon
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-02-03
ISBN 10: 0374712956
ISBN 13: 9780374712952
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Disgruntled Book Review:

An elegant, vibrant, startling coming-of-age novel, for anyone who's ever felt the shame of being alive Kenya Curtis is only eight years old, but she knows that she's different, even if she can't put her finger on how or why. It's not because she's black—most of the other students in the fourth-grade class at her West Philadelphia elementary school are too. Maybe it's because she celebrates Kwanzaa, or because she's forbidden from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe it's because she calls her father—a housepainter-slash-philosopher—"Baba" instead of "Daddy," or because her parents' friends gather to pour out libations "from the Creator, for the Martyrs" and discuss "the community." Kenya does know that it's connected to what her Baba calls "the shame of being alive"—a shame that only grows deeper and more complex over the course of Asali Solomon's long-awaited debut novel. Disgruntled, effortlessly funny and achingly poignant, follows Kenya from West Philadelphia to the suburbs, from public school to private, from childhood through adolescence, as she grows increasingly disgruntled by her inability to find any place or thing or person that feels like home. A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, an examination of the impossible double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a novel about the desire to rise above the limitations of the narratives we're given and the painful struggle to craft fresh ones we can call our own.

My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf
Author: Thessaly La Force
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012-11-13
ISBN 10: 0316225002
ISBN 13: 9780316225007
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Ideal Bookshelf Book Review:

The books that we choose to keep -- let alone read -- can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In My Ideal Bookshelf, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. Contributors include Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Keller, Michael Chabon, Alice Waters, James Patterson, Maira Kalman, Judd Apatow, Chuck Klosterman, Miranda July, Alex Ross, Nancy Pearl, David Chang, Patti Smith, Jennifer Egan, and Dave Eggers, among many others. With colorful and endearingly hand-rendered images of book spines by Jane Mount, and first-person commentary from all the contributors, this is a perfect gift for avid readers, writers, and all who have known the influence of a great book.

Setting Free the Bears

Setting Free the Bears
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-05-15
ISBN 10: 1984800086
ISBN 13: 9781984800084
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Setting Free the Bears Book Review:

“Truly remarkable . . . encompasses the longings and agonies of youth . . . a complex and moving novel.”—Time “Astonishing . . . a writer of uncommon imaginative power. Whatever [John Irving] writes, it will be worth reading.”—Saturday Review It is 1967. Two Viennese university students, Siggy and Hannes, roam the Austrian countryside on their motorcycles—on a quest: to liberate the bears of the Vienna Zoo. But their good intentions have both comic and gruesome consequences in this first novel from John Irving, already a master storyteller at twenty-five years old. “Imagine a mixture of Till Eulenspiegel and Ken Kesey . . . and you've got the range of the merry pranksters who hot rod through Mr. Irving's book . . . tossing flowers, stealing salt shakers, and planning the biggest caper of their young lives.”—The New York Times

A Widow for One Year

A Widow for One Year
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 558
Release: 2012-05-08
ISBN 10: 0307362019
ISBN 13: 9780307362018
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Widow for One Year Book Review:

“One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole woke to the sound of lovemaking—it was coming from her parents’ bedroom.” This sentence opens John Irving’s ninth novel, A Widow for One Year, a story of a family marked by tragedy. Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character—a “difficult” woman. By no means is she conventionally “nice,” but she will never be forgotten. Ruth’s story is told in three parts, each focusing on a critical time in her life. When we first meet her—on Long Island, in the summer of 1958—Ruth is only four. The second window into Ruth’s life opens on the fall of 1990, when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career. She distrusts her judgment in men, for good reason. A Widow for One Year closes in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother. She’s about to fall in love for the first time. Richly comic, as well as deeply disturbing, A Widow for One Year is a multilayered love story of astonishing emotional force. Both ribald and erotic, it is also a brilliant novel about the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief.

The World According to Garp

The World According to Garp
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2018-10-25
ISBN 10: 1524744808
ISBN 13: 9781524744809
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The World According to Garp Book Review:

Now available as an ebook for the first time ever in America, the bestselling coming-of-age classic novel by John Irving—the 40th anniversary edition with a new introduction by the author. “He is more than popular. He is a Populist, determined to keep alive the Dickensian tradition that revels in colorful set pieces...and teaches moral lessons.”—The New York Times The opening sentence of John Irving’s breakout novel The World According to Garp signals the start of sexual violence, which becomes increasingly political. “Garp’s mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater.” Jenny is an unmarried nurse; she becomes a single mom and a feminist leader, beloved but polarizing. Her son, Garp, is less beloved, but no less polarizing. From the tragicomic tone of its first sentence to its mordantly funny last line—“we are all terminal cases”—The World According to Garp maintains a breakneck pace. The subject of sexual hatred—of intolerance of sexual minorities and differences—runs the gamut of “lunacy and sorrow.” Winner of the National Book Award, Garp is a comedy with forebodings of doom. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries—with more than ten million copies in print—Garp is the precursor of John Irving’s later protest novels.

Avenue of Mysteries

Avenue of Mysteries
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2015-11-03
ISBN 10: 1451664168
ISBN 13: 9781451664164
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Avenue of Mysteries Book Review:

As we grow older - most of all, in what we remember and what we dream - we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but his dreams and memories will travel with him; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. 'An aura of fate had marked him,' John Irving writes. 'The chain of events, the links in our lives - what leads us where we're going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don't see coming, and what we do - all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious.'

A Son of the Circus

A Son of the Circus
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 672
Release: 2012-05-08
ISBN 10: 0307362000
ISBN 13: 9780307362001
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Son of the Circus Book Review:

A Hindi film star and an American missionary are twins separated at birth; a dwarf — a former circus clown — mistakes the missionary for the movie star. And stalking one of them is a serial killer...

In One Person

In One Person
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2012-05-08
ISBN 10: 0307361802
ISBN 13: 9780307361806
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In One Person Book Review:

“My dear boy, please don’t put a label on me – don’t make me a category before you get to know me!” John Irving’s new novel is a glorious ode to sexual difference, a poignant story of a life that no reader will be able to forget, a book that no one else could have written. Told with the panache and assurance of a master storyteller, In One Person takes the reader along a dizzying path: from a private school in Vermont in the 1950s to the gay bars of Madrid’s Chueca district, from the Vienna State Opera to the wrestling mat at the New York Athletic Club. It takes in the ways that cross-dressing passes from one generation to the next in a family, the trouble with amateur performances of Ibsen, and what happens if you fall in love at first sight while reading Madame Bovary on a troop transport ship, in the middle of an Atlantic storm. For the sheer pleasure of the tale, there is no writer alive as entertaining and enthralling as John Irving at his best. But this is also a heartfelt, intimate book about one person, a novelist named William Francis Dean. By his side as he tells his own story, we follow Billy on a fifty-year journey toward himself, meeting some uniquely unconventional characters along the way. For all his long and short relationships with both men and women, Billy remains somehow alone, never quite able to fit into society’s neat categories. And as Billy searches for the truth about himself, In One Person grows into an unforgettable call for compassion in a world marked by failures of love and failures of understanding. Utterly contemporary and topical in its themes, In One Person is one of John Irving’s most political novels. It is a book that grapples with the mysteries of identity and the multiple tragedies of the AIDS epidemic, a book about everything that has changed in our sexual life over the last fifty years and everything that still needs to. It’s also one of Irving’s most sincere and human novels, a book imbued on every page with a spirit of openness that expands and challenges the reader’s world. A brand new story in a grand old tradition, In One Person stands out as one of John Irving’s finest works – and as such, one of the best and most important American books of the last four decades.

Until I Find You

Until I Find You
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 848
Release: 2009-02-24
ISBN 10: 0307371344
ISBN 13: 9780307371348
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Until I Find You Book Review:

Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns – his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents. When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead – has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or “scratcher.” Alice and Jack abandon their quest, and Jack is educated at schools in Canada and New England – including, tellingly, a girls’ school in Toronto. His real education consists of his relationships with older women – from Emma Oastler, who initiates him into erotic life, to the girls of St. Hilda’s, with whom he first appears on stage, to the abusive Mrs. Machado, whom he first meets when sent to learn wrestling at a local gym. Too much happens in this expansive, eventful novel to possibly summarize it all. Emma and Jack move to Los Angeles, where Emma becomes a successful novelist and Jack a promising actor. A host of eccentric minor characters memorably come and go, including Jack’s hilariously confused teacher the Wurtz; Michelle Maher, the girlfriend he will never forget; and a precocious child Jack finds in the back of an Audi in a restaurant parking lot. We learn about tattoo addiction and movie cross-dressing, “sleeping in the needles” and the cure for cauliflower ears. And John Irving renders his protagonist’s unusual rise through Hollywood with the same vivid detail and range of emotions he gives to the organ music Jack hears as a child in European churches. This is an absorbing and moving book about obsession and loss, truth and storytelling, the signs we carry on us and inside us, the traces we can’t get rid of. Jack has always lived in the shadow of his absent father. But as he grows older – and when his mother dies – he starts to doubt the portrait of his father’s character she painted for him when he was a child. This is the cue for a second journey around Europe in search of his father, from Edinburgh to Switzerland, towards a conclusion of great emotional force. A melancholy tale of deception, Until I Find You is also a swaggering comic novel, a giant tapestry of life’s hopes. It is a masterpiece to compare with John Irving’s great novels, and restates the author’s claim to be considered the most glorious, comic, moving novelist at work today.

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden Second Edition

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden  Second Edition
Author: Jessica Walliser
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2022-01-11
ISBN 10: 0760371717
ISBN 13: 9780760371718
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden Second Edition Book Review:

In Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, you'll learn how to fill your garden with the right plants to support the beneficial predatory insects that control common garden pests.

A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany
Author: Diane Podnar,John Irving
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 86
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 9781560774143
ISBN 13: 1560774142
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Prayer for Owen Meany Book Review:

The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint

The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint
Author: Brady Udall
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2013-04-30
ISBN 10: 144647769X
ISBN 13: 9781446477694
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint Book Review:

Half Apache and mostly orphaned, the adventures of Edgar Presley Mint begin on an Arizona reservation at the age of seven, when the mailman's jeep accidentally runs over his head. Shunted from the hospital to a reform school to a Mormon foster family, comedy and trouble accompany Edgar - the irresistible innocent who never truly loses heart, and whose quest for the mailman leads him to an unexpected home. This riveting picaresque novel has become an international best-seller.

The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-07-31
ISBN 10: 0062235184
ISBN 13: 9780062235183
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cider House Rules Book Review:

An American classic first published in 1985 by William Morrow and adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, The Cider House Rules is among John Irving's most beloved novels. Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted. “A novel as good as one could hope to find from any author, anywhere, anytime. Engrossing, moving, thoroughly satisfying.” —Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22

The Last Chairlift

The Last Chairlift
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2022-10-04
ISBN 10: 9781471179082
ISBN 13: 1471179087
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Chairlift Book Review:

One of the world's greatest novelists returns with his first novel in seven years -- a ghost story, a love story, and a lifetime of sexual politics.

She s Come Undone

She s Come Undone
Author: Wally Lamb
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2012-12-11
ISBN 10: 1471105342
ISBN 13: 9781471105340
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

She s Come Undone Book Review:

Meet Dolores Price. She's thirteen, wise-mouthed but wounded. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the chocolate, crisps and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally rolls into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she's determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before really going belly up. In his extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch an incredible ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years. At once a fragile girl and a hard-edged cynic, so tough to love yet so inimitably loveable, Dolores is as poignantly real as our own imperfections.

The Imaginary Girlfriend

The Imaginary Girlfriend
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Skyhorse
Total Pages: 123
Release: 2013-12-10
ISBN 10: 1628724129
ISBN 13: 9781628724127
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Imaginary Girlfriend Book Review:

“The nearest thing to an autobiography Irving has written . . . worth saving and savoring."—Seattle Times Dedicated to the memory of two wrestling coaches and two writer friends, The Imaginary Girlfriend is John Irving's candid memoir of his twin careers in writing and wrestling. The award-winning author of best-selling novels from The World According to Garp to In One Person, Irving began writing when he was fourteen, the same age at which he began to wrestle at Exeter. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, was certified as a referee at twenty-four, and coached the sport until he was forty-seven. Irving coached his sons Colin and Brendan to New England championship titles, a championship that he himself was denied. In an autobiography filled with the humor and compassion one finds in his fiction, Irving explores the interrelationship between the two disciplines of writing and wrestling, from the days when he was a beginner at both until his fourth wresting related surgery at the age of fifty-three. Writing as a father and mentor, he offers a lucid portrait of those—writers and wrestlers from Kurt Vonnegut to Ted Seabrooke—who played a mentor role in his development as a novelist, wrestler, and wrestling coach. He reveals lessons he learned about the pursuit for which he is best known, writing. “And,” as the Denver Post observed, in filling “his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing) . . . into a somber reflection on the importance of living well.”

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
Author: John Irving
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2012-05-08
ISBN 10: 0307361985
ISBN 13: 9780307361981
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed Book Review:

Here is a treat for John Irving addicts and a perfect introduction to his work for the uninitiated. To open this spirited collection, Irving explains how he became a writer. There follow six scintillating stories written over the last twenty years ending with a homage to Charles Dickens. This irresistible collection cannot fail to delight and charm.

The Illumination

The Illumination
Author: Kevin Brockmeier
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2011-02-01
ISBN 10: 0307379582
ISBN 13: 9780307379580
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Illumination Book Review:

What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us? From best-selling and award-winning author Kevin Brockmeier: a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we bear and the light that radiates from us all. At 8:17 on a Friday night, the Illumination commences. Every wound begins to shine, every bruise to glow and shimmer. And in the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes, written by a husband to his wife, passes into the keeping of a hospital patient and from there through the hands of five other suffering people, touching each of them uniquely. I love the soft blue veins on your wrist. I love your lopsided smile. I love watching TV and shelling sunflower seeds with you. The six recipients—a data analyst, a photojournalist, a schoolchild, a missionary, a writer, and a street vendor—inhabit an acutely observed, beautifully familiar yet particularly strange universe, as only Kevin Brockmeier could imagine it: a world in which human pain is expressed as illumination, so that one’s wounds glitter, fluoresce, and blaze with light. As we follow the journey of the book from stranger to stranger, we come to understand how intricately and brilliantly they are connected, in all their human injury and experience.

A Teacher s Guide for a Prayer for Owen Meany

A Teacher s Guide for a Prayer for Owen Meany
Author: John Irving,Amy Jurskis
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2014-06-24
ISBN 10: 006237429X
ISBN 13: 9780062374295
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Teacher s Guide for a Prayer for Owen Meany Book Review:

For teachers We know that the Common Core State Standards are encouraging you to reevaluate the books that you assign to your students. To help you decide which books are right for your classroom, each free ebook in this series contains a Common Core–aligned teaching guide and a sample chapter. This free teaching guide for A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving is designed to help you put the new Common Core State Standards into practice. "Among the very best American novels of our time."—Charlotte Observer In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.