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Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Loyola Classics) [Paperback]

By John R. Powers (Author), Amy Welborn (Editor) & Tom Pinkett McGrath (Introduction by)
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Item description for Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Loyola Classics) by John R. Powers, Amy Welborn & Tom Pinkett McGrath...

Powers' classic comic novel of the 1960s Catholic subculture stars Eddie Ryan, a Chicago boy who learns about the important questions in life in his years at an all-boys Catholic school on Chicago's South Side.

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"Hilarious, touching, beautiful . . ." --"Detroit News""A totally enjoyable novel with at least one laugh on every page." --"Fresno B"ee." . . you'll never forget it." --"Publishers Weekly
"Growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 1960s, Eddie Ryan is learning a lot--and not just from the Brothers at his all-boys Catholic high school. Eddie's world is populated by peculiar adults, oddball classmates, and puzzling girls--the greatest mystery of all. He takes it all in through the prism of his Catholic upbringing, which often deepens the mystery, but sometimes clarifies it, too. Entering Eddie Ryan's world will delight not only readers who grew up there with him, but also those too young to remember.
This new edition of "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" includes a new introduction as well as discussion questions designed to help deepen the reading experience for both individuals and reading groups.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Loyola Classics) by John R. Powers, Amy Welborn & Tom Pinkett McGrath has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 03/01/2005 page 126
  • Ingram Advance - 03/01/2005 page 88
  • Foreword - 03/01/2005 page 1

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Loyola Press
Pages   294
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.75" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Loyola Press
Edition  First Edition,  
Series  Loyola Classics  
ISBN  0829421432  
ISBN13  9780829421439  

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More About John R. Powers, Amy Welborn & Tom Pinkett McGrath

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John R. Powers was born in 1945 on the South Side of Chicago. He earned a BA in sociology from Loyola University Chicago and an MA and a PhD in communications from Northwestern University. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Studs Terkel, a Chicago radio personality and writer known for his oral histories ("Hard Times, The Good War"). Powers was a professor of speech and performing arts at Northeastern Illinois University for six years. He also created and hosted a number of specials for Chicago public television during this time. Powers's stories first appeared in the form of articles written for Chicago magazine. The novels followed in quick succession: "The Last Catholic in America," "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?," and "The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-Cream God." He has written one other novel, "The Junk-Drawer Corner-Store Front-Porch Blues," as well as "Odditude: Finding the Passion for Who You Are and What You Do." He and his wife, JaNelle, have two daughters, Jacey and Joy. He lives in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and is a motivational speaker.

John R. Powers was born in 1945.

John R. Powers has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Loyola Classics

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Reviews - What do customers think about Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Loyola Classics)?

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?  Mar 28, 2007
Through the lens of a Catholic upbringing, Eddie Ryan begins his recollections from age twelve. I tumbled with laughter on every page right up through his high school graduation. The vividly painted account of his emotional responses during this time period is hilarious. John R. Powers has a way with language. With very few words, he is able to hit the laugh button repeatedly. This is a quick read and a gem!
Wonderful service  Sep 15, 2006
I ordered the book on Tuesday and received it on Thrusday! 2 days! perfect now I have a book for the weekend!
it was well packaged, and in very good shape.
Thank you again.
Not everyone understands . . . .   Jun 17, 2006
The earlier posts which don't give high ratings are probably the ones who "just don't get" the Chicago way. Unless you grew up in Chicago or its surrounding suburbs, you won't find this book amusing. Several of my friends, self-proclaimed "victims" of the Chicago Catholic School system, greatly enjoyed this book. Unless you are high-brow or artsy to begin with, you probably won't understand or get the gist of this tome. For the above average, this book is an insightful read.


I barely made it through the first thirty pages.  Feb 4, 2006
If this site had a Half Star, or better yet, a No Star rating I would have used the latter. Powers spends the first seven pages talking about his pimple dilemma then goes on to his tediously constructed random subjects with shallow character development laced with corny humor. I get the feeling throughout the book of the author's desperate attempt to be funny.
One of his best  May 30, 2005
Powers is a brilliant, witty, hilarious writer and speaker. Now, where are the rest of his books?

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