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The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-cream God (Loyola Classics) [Paperback]

By John R. Powers (Author) & Gregory F. Augustine Pierce (Introduction by)
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Item description for The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-cream God (Loyola Classics) by John R. Powers & Gregory F. Augustine Pierce...

The concluding novel in John R. Powers's memorable trilogy set in mid-twentieth century South Side Chicago is the poignant tale of an ambitious and gifted young man from a blue-collar neighborhood who struggles to find his place in a world that seems riddled with insincerity. He narrates his bittersweet battles with God, sex, career, and family in a voice that evokes an Irish-Catholic Holden Caufield. The first two novels in Powers's trilogy have also been reissued in the Loyola Classics series

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All religions have worked hard to give you the impression that I'm a stiff; the kind of guy you'd never invite to a party. . . . I like laughter and the people who do it; from the twitterers to the chucklers to those whose laughter roars out in a gallop of explosions. To me, laughter is taking a bite out of life and saying, "Just right."
Signed: God Clever yet cynical Tim Conroy, a failed idealist with a chip on his shoulder, is unable to find a secure place for himself in 1960s South Side Chicago. He narrates his bittersweet struggles with God, sex, career, and education in a voice that evokes an Irish Catholic Holden Caulfield. This poignant, skillfully told tale concludes John R. Powers's memorable coming-of-age trilogy that includes "The Last Catholic in America" and "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?"

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Loyola Press
Pages   430
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Loyola Press
Series  Loyola Classics  
ISBN  0829424296  
ISBN13  9780829424294  

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More About John R. Powers & Gregory F. Augustine Pierce

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...
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Lasting impression  Oct 9, 2007
Unforgettable story. I first read this when I was 21, when it first came out. I still have the copy... worn, stained, well read. It's "lessons" are more powerful now that I've aged 30 years! Regardless of your religion or lack thereof this book is a keeper!!
one of my all-time favorites  May 15, 2007
This book is just a fabulous read. I have always loved the premise of this book. I just like the idea of God actually answering questions. The book is both funny and thoughtful-I'd recommend this book to anyone.
If I could give this book 10 stars, I would!  Feb 28, 2007
It's about time that this novel has been reprinted. I bought this book about 25 years ago. In that time, I've read it about 15 times. I cry every time I get to the last chapter. Do yourself a favor. When you buy this book, and you will, buy all of the others in the series. You can't go wrong.
My favorite book of all time.  Feb 5, 2007
This is a book that I have read at least 5 times, and I have purchased many times for friends and family. I feel like I want everyone I know to own a copy of this book. Its a fantastic, heart warming, and touching story, that has some wonderful messages about life. Everyone I have passed it onto feel the same way I do about it. I just love the letters from "God" - our beloved gas station attendant who really knows life and how to live it. I wish there were more books out there like this one.
Still Thumps the Heart After Many Years  Dec 11, 2005
I read this book when it first came out, and I've re-read it several times since. It never fails to touch me with its innocence, humanity, and humor. If John Powers were my neighbor, I'd bring him a homemade pie!

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