Search Results: "Benita Eisler"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2013

"Eisler's fine, thorough work begs for a fresh reappraisal of this pioneering artist."
A welcome new evaluation of a significant American artist honed by the Wild West spirit and hucksterism of the age. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1991

This frank but flawed dual biography of Alfred Stieglitz, photographer, art dealer, impresario, and Georgia O'Keeffe, painter, from their meeting in 1916 to their deaths (he in 1946, she in 1986) reveals along the way the development of photography as an art form, the experience of a woman artist, and much about the studios, galleries, life style, and politics of the artistic communities in N.Y.C. and Taos in the early decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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BYRON by Benita Eisler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1999

"Occasional local crimes of sensationalism, then, contribute to the singular virtue of this volume: it's the rare doorstop of a literary biography that's also a legitimate page-turner. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
This new life of the 19th-century's most notorious literary celebrity successfully revivifies the poet for our times—albeit not without applying a few shocks. Read full book review >

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CHOPIN’S FUNERAL by Benita Eisler
NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2003

"A sad story superbly chronicled."
Poor Frédéric Chopin: so much talent, so much sorrow. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 2006

"Eisler skillfully incorporates much correspondence within a frame of lively writing."
Largely expanded from her previous literary study, Chopin's Funeral (2003), Eisler's latest explores the ways in which the early French novelist Sand (1804-76) extracted her literary, intellectual and political sustenance from her numerous lovers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2010

"Vivid, savvy reportage."
Veteran legal-affairs journalist Eisler examines the Washington powerhouse law firm of Williams & Connolly. Read full book review >

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THE DETACHMENT by Barry Eisler
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The fast-paced, often-breathless suspense makes up for most of the shortcomings, and readers will be eager for more adventures from this quartet of deadly enforcers."
Thriller specialist Eisler (Inside Out, 2010, etc.) combines characters from his two regular series in a muddled but mostly exciting tale of assassination and government conspiracy. Read full book review >

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THE LAST ASSASSIN by Barry Eisler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2006

"Wicked action sequences, smoothly delineated local color and moments of introspection capture Rain in fine, fraught form."
"Pffft. The man quivered and sank to the ground. . . . The other guy didn't see it. . . . Pffft. I dropped him, too, another head shot." When high-end assassin John Rain is working for personal rather than professional reasons, the bodies pile up fast. Read full book review >

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RAIN STORM by Barry Eisler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 2004

"Taut and generally skillful: fans will hope for more Rain in the forecast."
Propulsive thriller plot plays second fiddle to an overarching tactical treatise: How does an assassin go about staying alive while getting the job done? Read full book review >

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KILLING RAIN by Barry Eisler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"A thriller as straight as an arrow, even when mildly deflected by the winds of conscience. The ending leaves much unanswered, so, thankfully, expect more Rain."
Freelance assassin Rain, now an established presence on the thriller scene (Rain Storm, 2004, etc.), confronts both menace and morality. Read full book review >

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RAIN FALL by Barry Eisler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2002

"Pleasantly fast and polished, in the John Sandford style. More Rain predicted."
Rich atmosphere and believable politics in a distinguished debut thriller. Read full book review >

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REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN by Barry Eisler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2007

"Along with the high-tech gadgetry and low-tech blood and guts, Eisler has also let us into the head of a brilliant and extremely conflicted protagonist."
For a high-end assassin contemplating life changes, friends may be both assets and liabilities. Read full book review >