Search Results: "Francis Ray"


BOOK REVIEW

RAY CHARLES by Michael Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Ironically, Lydon notes that the autobiography has 'only one fully fleshed-out character: Brother Ray'; the same could be said for his own work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointingly superficial account of the life of one of popular music's elder statesmen. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE DAWN by Francis Ray
ROMANCE
Released: June 18, 2013

"The story moves forward, but the journey is uninspired."
Samantha Collins is shocked when her grandfather leaves her his auto turbocharger empire; even worse, he expects her to get Collins Industries back on track with Dillon Montgomery, the man she's secretly loved since she was 13. Read full book review >

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SOMEBODY’S KNOCKING AT MY DOOR by Francis Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Well-meaning soap, riddled with clichés."
A veteran paperback author returns with another earnest romance (I Know Who Tomorrow Holds<\I>, not reviewed; co-contributor, Winter Nights<\I>, 1998). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >

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ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. Read full book review >

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WHEN MORNING COMES by Francis Ray
Released: June 5, 2012

"Despite its unconventional tinkering with family trees, this romance remains lackluster and predictable."
Do bloodlines or love lines create the strongest, truest families?­ Read full book review >

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ANY RICH MAN WILL DO by Francis Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Bad girl makes good in this transparent, unremarkable romance offering an uplifting Christian message."
Charleston gold-digger operating in Dallas hits rock bottom before redeeming herself in Ray's saccharine follow-up to Like the First Time. Read full book review >

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FRANCIS DRAKE by John Cummins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 1996

"A scholarly but basically laudatory picture, nicely timed for the fourth centenary of Drake's death next year."
A graphic account of the man who, among other swashbuckling exploits, was the first to sail around the world and was largely responsible for saving England from invasion by the Spanish Armada. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE MY MAN by Francis Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Thoroughly mediocre."
The sixth in Ray's Invincible Women Series (And Mistress Makes Three, 2009, etc.) stars a wealthy, widowed restaurateur with a past and a cop who specializes in defusing hostage situations. Read full book review >

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PANDA RAY by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Stanislaw Lem."
Formidably weird fantasy about the process of growing up, from an author perhaps best known for his resplendent translations of Stanislaw Lem. Read full book review >

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SAINT FRANCIS by Brian Wildsmith
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"But the gilt-edged, stained- glass beauty of the pages is oddly out of keeping with the saint who called himself il poverello; the warm, down-to-earth humanity of Lewin's paintings suits his story better. (Picture book. 6+)"
An estimable work with two formidable competitors: Tomie dePaola's Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (1982) and Margaret Hodges's Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts (1991), illustrated by Ted Lewin. ``The Canticle of Brother Sun'' opens the book, and a recapitulation of the facts of Francis's life, with dates, closes it. Read full book review >