Search Results: "Lev Razgon"


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TRUE STORIES by Lev Razgon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1997

"A brilliant memoir, by turns harrowing, inspiring, sardonic, and devastating. (20 photos, not seen)"
An unforgettable memoir of a journalist who survived two incarcerations in the Gulag, filled with his memories of the victims, the executioners, and those who connived with Stalin's genocidal plans. Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Chaim  Potok
Released: April 1, 1972

"But Potok, as in The Chosen, is able to sustain a singleminded gloomy intensity and will attract the same audience, assisted by the Literary Guild selection."
This features the agonizing young years of Asher Lev caught between the imperatives of his Hasid family's dynastic destiny and the forbidden visions of the goyische world of art. Read full book review >

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THE GIFT OF ASHER LEV by Chaim  Potok
Released: May 11, 1990

"But, then again, there is that restless, eager journeying in the dark—and then the sudden shimmerings of possibility—in odysseys of the soul that gives Potok's spiritually searching novels their saving strength."
In this sequel to My Name is Asher Lev (1972), the author of The Chosen (1967) and Davita's Harp (1985)—as well as other fictional probes of the rich complexities of Jewish Orthodoxy—brings his protagonist artist back to the Hasidic community in Brooklyn from France. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN'S LAND by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The essence of being a magician, as Quentin learns to define it, could easily serve as a thumbnail description of Grossman's art: 'the power to enchant the world.'"
Deeply satisfying finale to the best-selling fantasy trilogy (The Magicians, 2009; The Magician King, 2011). Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2009

"Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided—fantasy for grown-ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed."
Grossman (Codex, 2004, etc.) imagines a sorcery school whose primary lesson seems to be that bending the world to your will isn't all it's cracked up to be. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF A CONSTANT LOVER by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 1999

"In the end, cutting back on the gossip that dominated Let's Get Criminal (1996) and The Edith Wharton Murders (1997) leaves room for the exploration of character that makes this Raphael's strongest book yet."
The worthy staff of the mythical State University of Michigan at Michiganapolis, always glancing back nervously over their shoulders at their colleagues at Ann Arbor, are giving them a run for their money in one important measure: homicide. Read full book review >

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HOT ROCKS by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Raphael's wit is quick as ever, but not even Vlado could tone up this flabby plot."
A trip to the gym proves anything but healthy for a writing professor at a midwestern college. Read full book review >

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TROPIC OF MURDER by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2004

"Raphael's wit is sharp as ever, though his complicated plot yields a solution far too pedestrian for its build-up."
English prof Nick Hoffman takes a break from his academic woes—but not from sleuthing—when a Club Med getaway turns lethal. Read full book review >

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CODEX by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Sophisticated, scholarly fun and games."
Computer games, medieval texts, a corrupt duchess, and library arcana derail a young investment banker from the fast track. Read full book review >

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BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE by Lev Raphael
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"All complication and scant resolution: Raphael's latest is really just the first installment in an overlong, paranoid conspiracy theory."
Things have gone from bad to worse for Nick Hoffman (Little Miss Evil, 1999, etc.), assistant professor in that bastion of obscurity, the State University of Michigan. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2011

"An inspiring tale of the courage and fortitude of an enigmatic and indomitable woman."
An engrossing biography of one of Renaissance Italy's most accomplished powerbrokers. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN KING by Lev Grossman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom—not to be missed."
Now a king in the magical land of Fillory, Quentin embarks on a quest to save the universe in Grossman's searing sequel to The Magicians (2009, etc.). Read full book review >