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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A BACKPACK, A BEAR, AND EIGHT CRATES OF VODKA by Lev Golinkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A mordantly affecting chronicle of a journey to discover that 'you can't have a future if you don't have a past.'"
An ex-Iron Curtain refugee-turned-American citizen tells the emotional story of how he and his parents fled the Ukraine two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >

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ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY LIE by Lev Raphael
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"What looks at first like a sensitive exploration into competing values ends as an exercise in might-is-right. Raphael, co-author of Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem (1999), should know better."
Professor Nick Hoffman (Hot Rocks, 2007, etc.) learns that even tenure can't guarantee real security.Read full book review >

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LITTLE MISS EVIL by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"But this trip to Oz is a joy throughout, thanks mostly to heroes with brains, heart, and nerve to spare."
Raphael's fourth continues his oh-so-bitchy and totally, totally true peek at the petty little lives of the petty little professors in a non-grant producing department at the fictional State University of Michigan (SUM). Read full book review >

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WARP by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"Grossman can write, but sooner or later he'll have to find a subject."
First novel from a twentysomething about twentysomethings in Boston. Read full book review >

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RUSSIA'S SECRET RULERS by Lev Timofeyev
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Not wholly persuasive, then—though Timofeyev's not alone in seeing Russia's criminal classes in the ascendant: This is also the premise, for instance, of Martin Cruz Smith's most recent novel, Red Square (p. 1085)."
An informative but confused look at the perpetuation in power of Russia's previous rulers, by one of the last dissidents to be jailed by the Gorbachev regime. 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 >