James Herriot

A Critical Companion
Author: Michael John Rossi
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294495
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 218
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Offers an examination of the Scottish veterinarian's five major works published between 1972 and 1992.

James Clavell

A Critical Companion
Author: Gina Macdonald
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294945
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 223
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The first book-length critical study of the work of cross-cultural novelist James Clavell.

Chaim Potok

A Critical Companion
Author: Sanford V. Sternlicht
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313311819
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 154
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An in-depth study of the eight major novels by renowned Jewish-American writer, Chaim Potok.

Anne McCaffrey

A Critical Companion
Author: Robin Roberts
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294501
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 186
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The first complete critical study of the work of award-winning science fiction writer Anne McCaffrey.

Erich Segal

A Critical Companion
Author: Linda Claycomb Pelzer
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313299308
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 133
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The first full-length study of Erich Segal's fiction, exploring the development of his art and analyzing all of his novels.

Tom Robbins

A Critical Companion
Author: Catherine Elizabeth Hoyser,Lorena Laura Stookey
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294181
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 172
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This is the first book-length study of the popular novelist Tom Robbins. Whimsy and humor characterize Robbins' work, but style and language are the keystones. Hoyser and Stookey show how Robbins deftly uses style and humor to depict the absurdities and injustices of our world. His novels constantly challenge perceptions of the world that people automatically label as normal. His fiction criticizes the complacency of humans in a world becoming increasingly alienated from nature and the joy of life. In addition to a critical analysis of each of his novels, the study contains biographical material never before published and the first full-length bibliography on Robbins, including a bibliography of reviews of his fiction. This is the first book-length study of the popular novelist Tom Robbins. Whimsy and humor characterize Robbins' work, but style and language are the keystones. Hoyser and Stookey show how Robbins deftly uses style and humor to depict the absurdities and injustices of our world. His novels constantly challenge perceptions of the world that people automatically label as normal. His fiction criticizes the complacency of humans in a world becoming increasingly alienated from nature and the joy of life. In addition to a critical analysis of each of his novels, the study contains biographical material never before published and the first full-length bibliography on Robbins, including a bibliography of reviews of his fiction. The study features a biographical chapter, a chapter on context and style, and individual chapters on each of his novels, DEGREESIAnother Roadside Attraction DEGREESR, DEGREESIEven Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, skinny legs and all DEGREESR, and DEGREESIHalf Asleep in Frog Pajamas DEGREESR. Each novel is analyzed for plot structure, characterization, and thematic elements. In addition, Hoyser and Stookey define and apply an alternative critical perspective from which to read each novel. The reading of each of Robbins' novels will be enriched by this perceptive study.

Louise Erdrich

A Critical Companion
Author: Lorena Laura Stookey
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313306129
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 168
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An insightful analysis of Louise Erdrich's writing, including her widely acclaimed, award-winning first novel, Love Medicine.

James Patterson

A Critical Companion
Author: Joan G. Kotker
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313320859
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 177
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This is the only full-length critical study of James Patterson and his best-selling detective fiction.

Margaret Atwood

A Critical Companion
Author: Nathalie Cooke
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313328060
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 175
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Examines the works of the Canadian author, describing her characters, narrative and strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes.

Books in Print


Author: R.R. Bowker Company
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: American literature
Page: N.A
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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

John Grisham

A Critical Companion
Author: Mary Beth Pringle
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313296376
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 139
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Examines the works of the novelist, describing his characters, narrative and strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes.

Ernest J. Gaines

A Critical Companion
Author: Karen Carmean
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313302862
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 167
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Offers an examination of the works of the southern African American author

Arthur C. Clarke

A Critical Companion
Author: Robin Anne Reid
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313295294
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 205
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Discusses the science fiction writer's nine most recent novels, including the Odyssey series, within the context of his literary canon, providing both conventional and alternative critical readings.

Oink

My Life with Mini-Pigs
Author: Matt Whyman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 145161828X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 314
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"The memoir of a family of six living in a quiet part of England who, though not farmers, decide to buy two mini-pigs"--

All Creatures Great and Small


Author: James Herriot
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453227903
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 440
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This witty and heartwarming memoir, based on the author’s own experiences, became an international success, spawning sequels, inspiring a beloved BBC television series, and winning over animal lovers everywhere. In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, master outdated equipment, and do his best to mend, treat, and heal pets and livestock alike. This witty and heartwarming collection, based on the author’s own experiences, became an international success, spawning sequels and winning over animal lovers everywhere. Perhaps better than any other writer, James Herriot reveals the ties that bind us to the creatures in our lives.

Nonsense Novels


Author: Stephen Leacock
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1447494245
Category: Fiction
Page: 228
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

My Patients and Other Animals

A Veterinarian's Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope
Author: Suzy Fincham-Gray
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0812998197
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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A moving memoir of a life spent in the company of animals—a veterinarian sheds light on the universal experience of loving, healing, and losing our beloved pets, and the many ways they change our lives. The pursuit of a childhood dream has taken Suzy Fincham-Gray on a journey in veterinary medicine from pastoral farms on the English–Welsh border to emergency rooms in urban American animal hospitals, with thousands of stories collected along the way. In this unforgettable literary debut, she writes about some of the most emotionally challenging and rewarding cases of her career. Like many physicians, Fincham-Gray tends to see her patients at often life-or-death moments. While dramatic, these stories expand into deeper explorations of our complex, profound relationships with the animals in our lives. She describes the satisfaction of diagnosing and treating difficult diseases and the universal experience of loving a pet, and—inevitably—raises questions about their end-of-life care. We meet Grayling, an Irish wolfhound in need of critical treatment; we learn about the fulfillment of caring for a chronically ill pet from the story of Zeke, a silver-brown tabby cat who likes to eat just a little too much; and we fall in love with Monty and Emma, Fincham-Gray’s own adopted cat and dog, who change her life in joyful and unexpected ways. Fincham-Gray depicts the sleepless nights she spends waiting for her pager to call her to the clinic, the cutthroat competition among residents, and what it’s really like to care for patients who can’t advocate for themselves. Warm and humorous, Suzy Fincham-Gray is a rare breed—a clinician with an intimate, elegant literary style. She writes with the same tenderness she brings to her patients, whose needs she must meet with her mind, her hands, and her heart. “Suzy Fincham-Gray gives readers rare insight into the making of a compassionate doctor. Her passion for both science and the animals she cares for, combined with her eloquence as a writer, made me want Suzy as both my dogs’ veterinarian and my own friend.”—Teresa J. Rhyne, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Dog Lived (and So Will I)