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Best John Irving Books Worth Your Attention

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best John Irving books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (2012)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionA PBS Great American Read Top 100 PickI am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in…
Author(s): John Irving

2. The World According to Garp (1990)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your Attention20th anniversary edition with a new afterword from the author — “A wonderful novel, full of energy and art, at once funny and horrifying and heartbreaking.”- The Washington PostThis is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields–a feminist leader ahead of her times.  This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes–even of sexual assassinations.  It is a novel rich with ”lunacy and sorrow”; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and…
Author(s): John Irving

3. Avenue of Mysteries (2016)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionJohn Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory.In Avenue of Mysteries, Juan Diego—a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico—has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what’s coming—specifically, her own future and her brother’s. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn’t know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what has happened, as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without…
Author(s): John Irving

4. The Cider House Rules (1997)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionFirst published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century. The novel tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. This is also the story of Dr. Larch’s favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted. “ [Irving] is among the very best storytellers at work today. At the base of Irving’s own moral concerns is a rare and lasting regard for human kindness.” “…
Author(s): John Irving

5. In One Person: A Novel (2013)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your Attention“His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade” (Vanity Fair). Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary AwardA New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John…
Author(s): John Irving

6. Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel (2010)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionIn 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County—to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto—pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them. In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River depicts the recent half-century in the United States as…
Author(s): John Irving

7. Setting Free the Bears: A Novel (Ballantine Reader’s Circle) (1997)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionIt is 1967. Two Viennese university students, Siggy and Hannes, roam the Austrian countryside on their motorcycles—on a quest: to liberate the bears of the Vienna Zoo. But their good intentions have both comic and gruesome consequences in this first novel from John Irving, already a master storyteller at twenty-five years old….
Author(s): John Irving

8. The Hotel New Hampshire (2018)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your Attention“The first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.” So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives lived, the loves experienced, the deaths met, and the myriad strange and wonderful times encountered by the family Berry. Hoteliers, pet-bear owners, friends of Freud (the animal trainer and vaudevillian, that is), and playthings of mad fate, they “dream on” in a funny, sad, outrageous, and moving novel by the remarkable author…
Author(s): John Irving

9. Until I Find You (2006)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your Attentionis the story of the actor Jack Burns – his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents. When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead – has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or “scratcher.”Alice and Jack abandon their quest, and Jack is educated at schools in Canada and…
Author(s): John Irving

10. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (1997)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionHere is a treat for John Irving addicts and a perfect introduction to his work for the uninitiated.  To open this spirited collection, Irving explains how he became a writer.  There follow six scintillating stories written over the last twenty years ending with a homage to Charles Dickens.  This irresistible collection cannot fail to delight and charm….
Author(s): John Irving

11. A Son of the Circus: A Novel (Ballantine Reader’s Circle) (1997)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your Attention“His most entertaining novel since Garp.” “A Son of the Circus is comic genius . . . get ready for [John] Irving’s most raucous novel to date.” “Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla, reared in Bombay by maverick foes of tradition, educated in Vienna, married to an Austrian and long a resident of Toronto, is a 59-year-old without a country, culture, or religion to call his own. . . . The novel may not be ‘about’ India, but Irving’s imagined India, which Daruwalla visits periodically, is a remarkable achievement—a pandemonium of servants and clubmen,…
Author(s): John Irving

12. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (2008)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionThe Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa….
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver

13. The Fourth Hand (2002)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionWhile reporting a story from India, New York journalist Patrick Wallingford inadvertently becomes his own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion. In Boston, a renowned surgeon eagerly awaits the opportunity to perform the nation’s first hand transplant. But what if the donor’s widow demands visitation rights with the hand? In answering this unexpected question, John Irving has written a novel that is by turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving, offering a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change. “A rich and deeply moving tale . . ….
Author(s): John Irving

14. The Imaginary Girlfriend: A Memoir (2002)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your Attention“The Imaginary Girlfriend is a miniature autobiography detailing Irving’s parallel careers of writing and wrestling. . . . Tales of encounters with writers (John Cheever, Nelson Algren, Kurt Vonnegut) are intertwined with those about his wrestling teammates and coaches. With humor and compassion, [Irving] details the few truly important lessons he learned about writing. . . . And in beefing up his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing) . . . into a somber reflection on the importance of living…
Author(s): John Irving

15. A Widow for One Year (1999)

Best John Irving Books Worth Your AttentionIn , we follow Ruth Cole through three of the most pivotal times in her life: from her girlhood on Long Island (in the summer of 1958) through the fall of 1990 (when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career), and at last in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother (and she’s about to fall in love for the first time). Both elegiac and erotic, is a multilayered love story of astonishing emotional force….
Author(s): John Irving

Best John Irving Books Worth Your Attention

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Avenue of Mysteries

Author(s): John Irving
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2172031

Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning. Policy Issues, the Workplace, Health and Public Libraries

Author(s): John Crawford and Christine Irving (Auth.)
Publisher: , Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1148482

Handbook of psychology. 2 : Research methods in psychology

Author(s): John A. Schinka, Wayne F. Velicer, Irving B. Weiner (eds.)
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2013, Size: 29 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1714180

This land that I love : Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the story of two American anthems

Author(s): Berlin, Irving / / God bless America; Guthrie, Woody / / This land is your land; Shaw, John
Publisher: PublicAffairs;Public Affairs, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2087318

The Imaginary Girlfriend: A Memoir

Author(s): John Irving
Publisher: Arcade Publishing, Year: 2013, Size: 826 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2264578

Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel

Author(s): John Irving
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Year: 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 496928

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really record-breakers according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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