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Smiley, Jane

Overview
Works: 267 works in 1,333 publications in 16 languages and 75,701 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Satire  Psychological fiction  Biography  Historical fiction  College stories  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PS3569.M39, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Jane Smiley
A thousand acres by Jane Smiley( Book )

143 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 6,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time is 1979. Larry Cook, a proud and exacting farmer, whose family has lived on this land for four generations, unexpectedly decides to retire and turn over his valuable holdings to his three daughters. For Ginny and Rose, who live on the farm with their husbands, the gift makes sense - a reward for years of hard work, a challenge to make the farm even more successful. But the youngest, Caroline, a Des Moines lawyer, flatly rejects the idea, and in anger her father cuts her out - setting off an explosive series of events that will leave none of them unchanged. A classic story of contemporary American life, A Thousand Acres strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a father, a daughter, a family
Moo by Jane Smiley( Book )

72 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 3,893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satire on university life, describing the rackets and the intellectual dishonesty that goes on. The setting is the U of Moo where research into the destruction of rain forests is tailored to suit the corporation funding the project
Horse heaven by Jane Smiley( Book )

47 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 3,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel set in the world of thoroughbred racing follows a group of trainers, jockeys, and "tract brats" on a tow-year journey through the racing cycle
The all-true travels and adventures of Lidie Newton : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

51 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 3,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on 1855 Bloody Kansas, an armed clash between slaveholders and abolitionists, often referred to as a prologue to the Civil War. The heroine is Lidie Newton, the wife of a slain abolitionist. Dressed as a boy, she embarks on a mission of revenge against his killer. By the author of Moo
Ten days in the hills by Jane Smiley( Book )

29 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards, Max--an Oscar-winning writer/director whose fame has waned--and his lover, Elena, are in bed, still groggy from last night's red-carpet festivities. They are talking about movies, talking about love, talking about the just-begun war in Iraq. But a house full of guests demands attention. They share their stories of Hollywood past and present; they watch films in Max's luxe screening room; they gossip by the swimming pool, and tussle in the many bedrooms. The tension mounts, sparks fly, and Smiley delivers a virtuosic, unputdownable romp of a novel about love, war, sex, politics, storytelling--and, of course, redemption--that's Hollywood!
Some luck by Jane Smiley( Book )

31 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 3,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s"--Provided by publisher
Private life : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

32 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As her husband's obsessions with science take a darker turn on the eve of World War II, Margaret Mayfield is forced to consider the life she has so carefully constructed
The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life
Good faith by Jane Smiley( Book )

44 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 2,840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerging from an ugly divorce in the early 1980s, real estate salesman Joe Stratford is reluctant to join his friend Marcus in a get-rich-quick scheme and wonders about the advances of a free-spirited married woman
Early warning by Jane Smiley( Book )

28 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1953, the Langdon family at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch, Walter, who with his wife, Rosanna, sustained their farm for three decades, has suddenly died, leaving their five children, now adults, looking to the future. Only one will remain in Iowa to work the land, while the others scatter to Washington, D.C., California, and everywhere in between. As the country moves out of post-World War II optimism through the darker landscape of the Cold War and the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and '70s, and then into the unprecedented wealth -- for some -- of the early 1980s, the Langdon children each follow a different path in a rapidly changing world. And they now have children of their own: twin boys who are best friends and vicious rivals; a girl whose rebellious spirit takes her to the notorious Peoples Temple in San Francisco; and a golden boy who drops out of college to fight in Vietnam -- leaving behind a secret legacy that will send shock waves through the Langdon family into the next generation
Charles Dickens by Jane Smiley( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 2,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the delectable wit, unforgettable characters, and challenging themes that have won her a Pulitzer Prize and national bestseller status, Jane Smiley naturally finds a kindred spirit in the author of classics such as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. As "his novels shaped his life as much as his life shaped his novels," Smiley's Charles Dickens is at once a sensitive profile of the great master and a fascinating meditation on the writing life. Smiley evokes Dickens as he might have seemed to his contemporaries: convivial, astute, boundlessly energetic-and lionized. As she makes clear, Dickens not only led the action-packed life of a prolific writer, editor, and family man but, balancing the artistic and the commercial in his work, he also consciously sustained his status as one of the first modern "celebrities." Charles Dickens offers brilliant interpretations of almost all the major works, an exploration of his narrative techniques and his innovative voice and themes, and a reflection on how his richly varied lower-class cameos sprang from an experience and passion more personal than his public knew. Smiley's own "demon narrative intelligence" (The Boston Globe) touches, too, on controversial details that include Dickens's obsession with money and squabbles with publishers, his unhappy marriage, and the rumors of an affair. Here is a fresh look at the dazzling personality of a verbal magician and the fascinating times behind the classics we read in school and continue to enjoy today
The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley( Book )

52 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 2,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A novel that draws us into a fourteenth-century Norse world at once harsh and beautiful, bleak and opulent with life."
Golden age : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

22 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 2,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The third book of a trilogy about a farm family from Iowa, which takes them from the late 1980s through the present and into the future"--
Duplicate keys by Jane Smiley( Book )

38 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A divorced midwesterner living in a communal building in Manhattan discovers two of her friends murdered in her suddenly dangerous home, in a gripping tale of murder and treachery
Ten days in the hills by Jane Smiley( Recording )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards, Max--an Oscar-winning writer/director whose fame has waned--and his lover, Elena, are in bed, still groggy from last night's red-carpet festivities. They are talking about movies, talking about love, talking about the just-begun war in Iraq. But a house full of guests demands attention. They share their stories of Hollywood past and present; they watch films in Max's luxe screening room; they gossip by the swimming pool, and tussle in the many bedrooms. The tension mounts, sparks fly, and Smiley delivers a virtuosic, unputdownable romp of a novel about love, war, sex, politics, storytelling--and, of course, redemption--that's Hollywood!
At paradise gate : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

38 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a man, whose wife and daughters refuse to accept the fact that he is dying
Barn blind : a novel by Jane Smiley( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The verdant pastures of a farm in Illinois have the placid charm of a landscape painting, but the horses that graze there have become the obsession of a woman who sees them as the fulfillment of every wish: to win, to be honored, to be the best, culminating in a force that will drive a wedge between her and her family, and bring them all to tragedy
Good faith by Jane Smiley( Recording )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of greed and self-delusion set in the economic boom of the 1980s. Joe Stratford, a divorced 40-year old realtor, wants a new start. Marcus Burns, a former IRS agent, has some get-rich-quick schemes he thinks will interest Joe. Joe betrays his principles to go along with the schemes
Ordinary love ; & Good will : two novellas by Jane Smiley( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Ordinary Love" Rachel contemplates the last two decades and the remarkable fact of her children's survival. In "Good will" Bob and his life style are no bulwark against the effect his isolation begins to have on his family
The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer by Jane Smiley( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One night in the late 1930s, in a bar on the Illinois-Iowa border, John Vincent Atanasoff, a professor of physics at Iowa State University, after a frustrating day performing tedious mathematical calculations in his lab, hit on the idea that the binary number system and electronic switches, combined with an array of capacitors on a moving drum to serve as memory, could yield a computing machine that would make his life easier. Then he went back and built the machine. It worked, but he never patented the device, and the developers of the far-better-known ENIAC almost certainly stole critical ideas from him. But in 1973 a court declared that the patent on that Sperry Rand device was invalid, opening the gates to the computer revolution. Biographer Jane Smiley makes the race to develop digital computing as gripping as a real-life techno-thriller.--From publisher description
 
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A thousand acres
Alternative Names
Ioanna Smiley

Jane Smiley Amerikaans schrijfster

Jane Smiley US-amerikanische Autorin

Smailija, Džeina 1949-

Smiley, Jane 1949-

Смайли, Джейн

סמיילי, ג׳יין

סמיילי, ג׳יין, 1949-

جین اسمایلی نویسنده آمریکایی

스마일리, 제인 1949-

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MooHorse heavenThe all-true travels and adventures of Lidie Newton : a novelTen days in the hillsPrivate life : a novelThe Georges and the JewelsGood faithCharles Dickens