Search - List of Books by John R. Powers

John R. Powers (November 30, 1945) is an American novelist and playwright. Powers has written four successful books of fiction, The Last Catholic in America (1973), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (1975), The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice Cream God (1977), and The Junk Drawer, Corner Store, Front Porch Blues (1992). He also wrote the self-help book Odditude (2007). These books relate the experience of growing up in Chicago. He grew up in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood on the city's far southwest side. The first three books, often referred to as the "Eddie Ryan Trilogy," have been re-issued by Loyola Press.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? was selected for inclusion on the American Library Association’s list of Best Books for Young Adults in 1975 and went on to become a hit musical that continues to run in venues nationwide.

Powers holds a Ph.D. in Communications from Northwestern University and was a professor of speech and performing arts at Northeastern Illinois University. He received undergraduate degrees in sociology from Loyola University and is a graduate of Brother Rice High School in Chicago (graduated in 1964). Powers continues to write, and is a renowned motivational speaker.

Dr. Powers currently resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with his wife JaNelle Meyers Powers, whom he met while she was performing in the original production of "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." as Mary Kenny, and two daughters: actress, Jacey Powers (b. 1986) and Joy Victoria Powers (b. 1990).

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Total Books: 22
Odditude Finding the Passion for Who You Are and What You Do
2007 - Odditude Finding the Passion for Who You Are and What You Do (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780757305757
ISBN-10: 075730575X
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-cream God
2006 - The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-cream God [Loyola Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780829424294
ISBN-10: 0829424296
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
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The Last Catholic in America
2005 - The Last Catholic in America [Loyola Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780829421309
ISBN-10: 0829421300
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
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Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up
2005 - Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up [Loyola Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780829421439
ISBN-10: 0829421432
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3

The Junk-Drawer Corner-Store Front-Porch Blues
1993 - The Junk-drawer Corner-store Front-porch Blues (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451176028
ISBN-10: 0451176022
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1

Last Catholic in America
1982 - Last Catholic in America (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780446310406
ISBN-10: 0446310409
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

Do Black Patten Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up
1982 - Do Black Patten Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780446313773
ISBN-10: 0446313777
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Last Catholic in America A Fictionalized Memoir
1981 - The Last Catholic in America a Fictionalized Memoir (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780837604398
ISBN-10: 0837604397
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Substores
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Do Black Patent-Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up
1975 - Do Black Patent-leather Shoes Really Reflect Up (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780809281770
ISBN-10: 0809281775
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up
1975 - Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780445084902
ISBN-10: 0445084901
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3

Killer Tennis
Killer Tennis (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780809252558
ISBN-10: 0809252554
Genres: Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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