Bernard Ryan, Jr.

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February 13, 2009

Tags: Updike, The New Yorker, writing

What writer can dream of higher accolades than those posted in the Feb. 9 & 16 (i.e., double) issue of The New Yorker -- the one with Rea Irvin's traditional cover portrait of Eustace Tilley. Adam Gopnik and Roger Angell devote themselves and The Talk of the Town to Updike's talent, skills, and inspiration, and pages 64 through 79 provide us with an incredible selection of pieces from his work. All worth reading again and again, and cherishing.

Selected Works

Fantasy
104-page chapter book for all ages: How a boy and his dog manage to visit the shipwreck, what they do, and whom they meet.
Biography
Two who (in their own words) "lived together, played together, worked together, thought together"
Life of the principal in one of the world's great murder trials, who may have been the wife of Jack the Ripper.
Life story of the U.S. Secretary of State in the administration of President Barack Obama.
Finance/Parenting
125 Dollar-Smart Tips for Today's Busy Parents
Parenting Guide
A practical and thorough guide that gives parents a preview not only of what happens in kindergarten but why it happens.
Teenage Volunteering
Eight books covering opportunities for teens to perform voluntary community service
Trials
Three major works reporting courtroom trials throughout history and in our time

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