One always senses an enthusiastic and abundantly talented and versatile writer at work. The washington Post Book World “Duncan. Praise for the brothers K “The pages of The Brothers K sparkle. The new york times book Review “Duncan is a wonderfully engaging writer. Los angeles times “This ambitious book succeeds on almost every level and every page.
Usa today “duncan’s prose is a blend of lyrical rhapsody, sassy hyperbole and all-American vernacular. San francisco chronicle “The Brothers K affords the. Four brothers who come of age during the seismic upheavals of the sixties and who each choose their own way to deal with what the world has become.
Deep pleasures of novels that exhaustively create, and alter, complex worlds. David james duncan, author of the novel The River Why and the collection River Teeth, is just such a writer. A father whose dreams of glory on a baseball field are shattered by a mill accident. Tells the larger story of an entire popular culture struggling to redefine itself—something he does with the comic excitement and depth of feeling one expects from Tom Robbins.
Chicago Tribune. And in the brothers k he tells a story both striking and in its originality and poignant in its universality.
The River Why
Like gus, the reader emerges utterly changed, stripped bare by the journey Duncan so expertly navigates. Profoundly reflective about our connection to nature and to one another, THE RIVER WHY is also a comedic rollercoaster. The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality, originally published in 1983. Since its publication in 1983, THE RIVER WHY has become a classic.
But what begins as a physical quarry becomes a spiritual one as his quest for self-knowledge batters him with unforeseeable experiences. David james duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American letters.
Gus orviston is a young fly fisherman who leaves behind his comically schizoid family to find his own path. Taking refuge in a remote cabin, he sets out in pursuit of the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead.
River Teeth: Stories and Writings
Salinger, to name just a few. These experiences—shaped by his own river of time—are related with the art and grace of a master storyteller. Now duncan distills his remarkable powers of observation into this unique collection of short stories and essays. He likens his memories to the remains of old-growth trees that fall into Northwestern rivers and are sculpted by time and water.
Equally affecting are his nonfiction reminiscences, the "river teeth" of the title. In his passionate, tom robbins, luminous novels, earning comparisons to Harper Lee, David James Duncan has won the devotion of countless critics and readers, and J. D. In river teeth, a uniquely gifted american writer blends two forms, taking us into the rivers of truth and make-believe, and all that lies in between.
At the heart of duncan's tales are characters undergoing the complex and violent process of transformation, with results both painful and wondrous.
Ravel: A Novel
With flashes of sly, quirky humor, this novel captures the folly of the era as well as its genius, and the personal and professional life of the sartorially and socially splendid ravel over the course of a decade. From a winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Ravel is a touching literary portrait of a dignified and lonely man going reluctantly into the night.
A tiny miracle of a biographical novel” inspired by the life of the brilliant French composer Booklist. Shortlisted for the international impac dublin literary award this beguiling and original evocation of the last ten years in the life of a musical genius opens in 1927 as Maurice Ravel—dandy, eccentric, curmudgeon—crosses the Atlantic aboard the luxury liner the SS France to begin his triumphant grand tour of the United States.
A beautifully musical little novel. The new york times book review “The most distinctive voice of his generation. The washington Post.
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: From the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present AP® Edition
Drawing even clearer connections and comparisons across time and place, this reimagined text and companion adaptive learning program provide a wealth of new tools designed to help students master core content and develop critical thinking and history skills. A world history textbook specifically designed for the new AP® World History curriculum.
The most globally integrated book in its field, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart is now available in an edition geared for use with the Redesigned AP® World History course.
The History of Love: A Novel
But it wasn’t always like this: in the polish village of his youth, fourteen-year-old Alma, he fell in love and wrote a book…Sixty years later and half a world away, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of "extraordinary depth and beauty" Newsday.
One of the most loved novels of the decade. A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness. Leo gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive.
The Great American Novel: A Novel
But you've never heard of them -- or of the ruppert Mundys, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history -- because of the communist plot and the capitalist scandal that expunged the entire Patriot League from baseball memory. Philip roth's richly imagined satiric narrative, turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an unfettered farce featuring heroism and perfidy, The Great American Novel, lively wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Gil gamesh is the only pitcher who ever tried to kill the umpire, and John Baal, The Babe Ruth of the Big House, never hit a home run sober.
Last Days of Summer Updated Ed: A Novel
Then again, this strange, needy kid might be exactly what Banks needs. A boy looking for a hero, joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third basemen for the New York Giants. But joey's chosen champion doesn't exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination.
A contemporary american classic--a poignant and hilarious tale of baseball, hero worship, eccentric behavior, and unlikely friendshipLast Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s.
Red Sky at Morning: A Novel Perennial Classics
Arnold finds it impossible to cope with the quality of life in the largely Hispanic village and, in the company of Jimbob Buel—an insufferable, South-proud, professional houseguest— takes to bridge and sherry. Josh, becomes an integral member of the sagrado community, on the other hand, forging friendships with his new classmates, with the town’s disreputable resident artist, and with Amadeo and Excilda Montoya, the couple hired by his father to care for their house.
Josh narrates the story of his fateful year in Sagrado and, irreverent humor, with deadpan, reveals the events and people who influence his progress to maturity. Unhindered by his mother's disdain for these "tacky, dusty little Westerners, responsibility, " Josh comes into his own and into a young man's finely formed understanding of duty, and love.
Navy and moves his wife, ann, and seventeen-year-old son, Josh, to the family’s summer home in the village of Corazon Sagrado, high in the New Mexico mountains. A true daughter of the Confederacy, Mrs. The classic coming-of-age story set during World War II about the enduring spirit of youth and the values in life that count.
In the summer of 1944, a wealthy shipbuilder in Mobile, Frank Arnold, Alabama, receives his volunteer commission in the U. S. One of america's finest coming-of-age novels, red Sky at Morning remains a "first novel to rejoice in" Harper's and "a novel of consequence" New York Times Book Review.
The Art of Fielding: A Novel
But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Mike schwartz, the harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own.
College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. At westish college, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. Owen dunne, henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair.
Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, about family and friendship and love, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, and about commitment--to oneself and to others. And pella affenlight, guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.
As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets.
The Celebrant: A Novel
Eric rolfe greenberg brilliantly and authentically chronicles the real-life saga of the first national baseball hero, Christy Mathewson, and the fictional story of a Jewish immigrant family of jewelers. In these pages mathewson and other great players like John McGraw, Honus Wagner, and Connie Mack discover the realities behind the shining illusions: the burdens of being a hero and the temptations that taint success.
Hardworking immigrants could achieve the American dream; heroes were truly heroic. The first two decades of the twentieth century were a time of promise and innocence in America.