Books by Jim Harrison and Complete Book Reviews

Jim Harrison, Author Copper Canyon Press $30 (453p) ISBN 978-1-55659-095-5
Known for his fiction (Legends of the Fall; The Road Home; Wolf) and for his essays (Just Before Dark), Harrison has also been a prolific, ambitious poet. This expansive ""new & collected"" volume restores to print all his verse, from the lyrics and
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Jim Harrison, Author . Grove $24 (308p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1934-6
In three novellas as dark as they are exuberant, Harrison delivers protagonists who are smart, lusty in that classic Harrison fashion and linked by “The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me,” a Patsy Cline song that appears throughout and could...
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Jim Harrison, Author Dutton Books $18.95 (324p) ISBN 978-0-525-24624-4
A cast of fascinating characters populates the Nebraska farmland where Harrison's fine new novel is set. First among these is Dalva Northridge, a passionate and unconventional woman who, at 45, begins searching for the illegitimate son she bore 30...
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Jim Harrison, Author Atlantic Monthly Press $25 (446p) ISBN 978-0-87113-724-1
A decade after the stunning Dalva, Harrison returns to the Northridge family of Nebraska in a saga that spans three generations of stoic loss, intermittent happiness and a healing proximity to the natural world. Tough old patriarch John Northridge...
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Jim Harrison, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $21.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-395-48885-0
Three novellas that are rambunctious, spirited chases through rough emotional territory comprise the latest offedring by this protean writer. Typically, his humor tests the borders of the socially acceptable and the extremes of what is tolerable to...
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Jim Harrison, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $19.95 (247p) ISBN 978-0-395-48884-3
Michigan poet and novelist Harrison ( Sundog ; Dalva ) spins three novellas in this volume. In ``Brown Dog,'' with its traits of an epic tall tale, B.D. is a rough-hewn, hard-drinking diver for an illegal scavenging firm who dredges up the body of...
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Jim Harrison, Author Mariner Books $15 (320p) ISBN 978-0-395-61329-0
These magazine pieces, written over four decades, reveal as much about Harrison himself as they do about the topics that define the book's three parts: ``Food,'' ``Travel and Sport'' and ``Literary Matters.'' Illustrated. (June)
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Jim Harrison. Copper Canyon (Consortium, dist.), $22 (140p) ISBN 978-1-55659-389-5
It wouldn’t be a Harrison collection without the poet, novelist, and food critic’s reverence for rivers, dogs, and women, but that’s not to say Harrison has grown stale or uninteresting in his late poems. Often, as in “A Part of My History,” which...
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Jim Harrison, Author . Grove $24 (280p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1838-7
Dying at 45 of Lou Gehrig's disease, Donald, who is Chippewa- Finnish, dictates his family story to his wife, Cynthia, who records this headlong tale for their two grown children (and also interjects). Donald's half-Chippewa great-grandfather
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Jim Harrison, Author . Copper Canyon $22 (123p) ISBN 978-1-55659-235-5
Mountains and forests from the American West, oneiric apparitions and a hard-won, slightly bitter wisdom pervade this 10th book of poems from the prolific Harrison (Shape of the Journey ), whose many prose works include Legends of the Fall ....
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Jim Harrison, Author . Copper Canyon $22 (87p) ISBN 978-1-55659-300-0
Harrison (Legends of the Fall ) has over decades won a durable following for verse and fiction about the wild places, solitudes and the exhilarations of the American West. This 12th book of verse gives familiar, quotable rural pleasures—solitud
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Jim Harrison, Author . Atlantic Monthly $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-87113-860-6
"I'm not sure I'm particularly well equipped to tell the truth," writes Harrison. But with such a colorful life, there's not much need to tell lies. Bus boy, gardener, gourmand, novelist, screenwriter, drunkard—Harrison has
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Jim Harrison, Author . Grove/Atlantic $24 (277p) ISBN 978-0-87113-892-7
Three very different and challenging approaches to the novella form Harrison's latest. The title story laconically narrates the struggles of a multiracial, Indian-identified Northern Michigan wood pulp cutter named Brown Dog, a single father...
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Jim Harrison, Author . Grove $24 (255p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1863-9
In Harrison's funny, spirited latest, Cliff, a 60-year-old former Michigan high school teacher, bids adieu to his inherited family farm (lost in a shady real estate deal); his wife, Vivian, of 38 years (who has been cheating on him and...
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Jim Harrison, Author Clark City Press $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-944439-30-2
Best known for his fiction, Harrison here sorts magazine pieces written over four decades. ``Food'' celebrates the pleasures of cooking, eating and drinking, with exuberant disdain for trendy health-consciousness. ``Travel and Sport'' defends...
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Jim Harrison, Author . Grove $26 (320p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1698-7
A rumination on the unholy trinity of sex, death and food, this long-awaited collection of gastronomic essays reads like the love child of M.F.K. Fisher and James Thorne—on acid. Harrison—poet, novelist and screenplay writer perhaps...
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Jim Harrison, Author . Atlantic Monthly $24 (388p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1773-1
If the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, what should a son do to provide moral recompense? In Harrison's earnest, initially riveting new novel, narrator David Burkett decides as a teenager in the 1960s that he must rectify the...
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Jim Harrison, Author Washington Square Press $14 (288p) ISBN 978-0-671-89935-6
Harrison's latest effort is a collection of three novellas: the title story, about a young woman's attempt to free her brother from jail; the adventures of a womanizing drunkard; and a sexual harassment victim who finds solitude in nature. (May)
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Jim Harrison, Author Atlantic Monthly Press $24 (274p) ISBN 978-0-87113-821-7
Poet, essayist and novelist Harrison (Dalva, etc.) has long been acclaimed for his portrayal of human appetites--sexual, artistic--and his descriptions of Michigan's wilderness. In this collection of three witty novellas, he dissects two high-strung,
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Jim Harrison. Grove, $24 (336p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1970-4
Harrison (The English Teacher) offers a chunk of comic backwoods noir marked by more plodding than stalking. Detective Sunderson wallows in “the deep puzzlement of retirement” even as he pursues, on his own dime, a pedophilic cult leader. Known...
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Jim Harrison, Author, Ted Kooser, Joint Author Copper Canyon Press $15 (85p) ISBN 978-1-55659-187-7
Basing their recent correspondence entirely on poems shot back and forth from Jim Harrison's Montana and southern Arizona to Ted Kooser's Nebraska, the two poets have published the results in the epistolary collaboration Braided Creek: A...
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Jim Harrison, Author, Jane Rosenman, Editor Pocket Books $18.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-671-74452-6
Four affluent former '60s radicals are called upon to rescue an ex-cohort from a Mexican jail; a hard-drinking diver for an illegal scavenging firm dredges an Indian's body from Lake Superior; a woman hides in an Iowa cornfield after fleeing her...
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Jim Harrison, Author, Tom Pohrt, Illustrator Atlantic Monthly Press $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-87113-822-4
Author of novellas for adults, Harrison (Legends of the Fall) makes his children's book debut with a rambling, ponderous tale centering on seven-year-old Jimmy, a boy living in northern Michigan during WWII. Distressed because he can't find the...
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Jim Harrison, Author, Traci Svendsgaard, Read by, Ray Porter, Read by , read by Traci Svendsgaard, Ray Porter, Tom Weiner and Paul Michael Garcia. Blackstone Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7861-6677-0
Harrison's novel of a dying man's retelling of his complex family history requires multiple readers to bring it to life. Svendsgaard, Porter, Weiner and Garcia all stick close to the rueful and world-weary, with long pauses and a subtle...
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Jim Harrison, Author, Russell Chatham, Illustrator Clark City Press $13.95 (76p) ISBN 978-0-944439-10-4
Mourning the death of his 16-year-old niece, Gloria, to whom this work is dedicated, Harrison ( Legends of the Fall; Dalva ) here waxes more philosophical and romantic than in any of his previous poetry collections. His New Age ideology is...
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Jim Harrison. Grove, $25 (240p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2073-1
The two novellas that constitute Harrison’s fine new collection are, as usual, quite different in scope and content. “The Land of Unlikeness” features Clive, 60 and divorced for two decades (“the starkest rupture in his life”), taking advantage of a
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Jim Harrison. Grove, $27 (528p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2011-3
This essential collection of six novellas (including the never-before-published “He Dog”) offers an omnibus look at Brown Dog, a pure Harrison creation and a glorious character who will make readers howl with delight. From his first scuffling...
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Jim Harrison. Grove, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2333-6
Retired detective Simon Sunderson returns in the latest from Harrison (after The Great Leader), which the author describes as a “faux mystery.” This time Sunderson is investigating a series of homicides near his newly purchased fishing cabin in...
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Jim Harrison. Grove, $25 (272p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2456-2
Though this latest collection of novellas is one of his slimmer efforts, Harrison (Brown Dog) still has one of the most companionable voices in American letters. The first two entries in this collection revolve around animal husbandry—an aging...
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Jim Harrison. Grove, $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2646-7
The late poet and novelist Harrison (Legends of the Fall), known for sagas of frontier existentialists, was also a devotee of fine and not-so-fine dining, and his gusto sparkles throughout this collection of magazine essays on food. Harrison writes...
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