Parini, Jay

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Borges and Me: An Encounter

Essential for Borges’s legions of fans, as well as those who enjoy literary memoirs by experimental writers whose works play a bit more loosely with the facts.

The Way of Jesus: Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life

For readers who are attracted to intellectual rigor, close attention to scripture and tradition, and a contemplative but active spiritual depth, Parini has much to offer.

Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal

It's difficult to paint an appealing picture of a narcissist, but Parini has produced a balanced account of a man of immense talent who sometimes used it wisely and other times didn't. Lively and insightful, this book should find favor among lovers of literature and biography. It's got heart. [See Prepub Alert, 5/4/15.]

The Passages of H.M.

Parini vividly portrays Melville's internal demons in a tale of an iconoclastic, difficult, yet ultimately influential literary figure. This compelling biographical novel will appeal to readers of literary and historical fiction. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/10.]

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