Search Results: "Phyllis Richman"


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MURDER ON THE GRAVY TRAIN by Phyllis Richman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1999

"But although voluptuous, engaging Chas hasn't slimmed down from The Butter Did It (1997), Richman has wisely sweated pounds off her debut's chitchat and recipes, and the half a hundred feasts that parade briskly in review will whet your appetite for more."
Even though her boyfriend Dave Zeeger, ace investigative reporter for the Washington Examiner, has been so morose over repeatedly getting scooped by a rising twinkie that Chas Wheatley has asked him for a trial separation, things are looking up for Chas. Read full book review >

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WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA HAM? by Phyllis Richman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2001

"Richman's prose is as sharp as ever, but like a novice waiter, she draws out the appetizer interminably, then presents the main course, the dessert, and the check only minutes before closing time."
No doubt about it: Ringo Laurenge, the Washington Examiner' s new business reporter, is having a corrosive effect on the once-collegial newsroom. Read full book review >

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THE BUTTER DID IT by Phyllis Richman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 21, 1997

"Altogether, then, a flawed but intriguingly different and readable first outing."
A debut novel set in the competitive world of upscale restaurants in Washington, D.C. Chas Wheatley, a food critic for the Examiner, is shocked and unbelieving when her long-ago lover and longtime friend Laurence Levain, a master chef, is found dead in his apartment on the eve of the City Tastes gala, an annual event he founded. Read full book review >

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THE LAST COWGIRL by Jana Richman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"Richman's mastery of the emotional geography is illuminating, and Dickie's dichotomous affections call to mind the work of Pat Conroy."
A conflicted woman faces the ghosts of her desert childhood in this heartfelt Western drama from Richman (Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman's Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail, 2005). Read full book review >

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THE RHYTHM OF MEMORY by Alyson Richman
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Wonderful in places, but sometimes more of a downer than many readers may bargain for; Richman's latest could have withstood some judicious pruning without losing its rhythm."
Richman explores the story of two couples whose lives touch in unexpected ways. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 16, 1998

"A pleasant Borscht Belt memoir, much like a Borscht Belt meal: excessive beyond nourishment, but hey, why not try a little? (62 b&w photos, not seen) (For the grander side of life in the Catskills, see Richard Grossinger's Out of Babylon, p. 1622.)"
For more than half a century, until about 1970, legions of middle-class Jewish workers and businessmen moved their families each summer from crowded New York quarters to Catskill bungalow colonies and communal settlements known as kuchaleins (literally: ``cook alones''). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2005

"Well crafted, intimate and engaging: an unorthodox rite of passage with ruminations on faith, feminism and more."
A quest for hope, meaning, a sense of place and ancestral connections, all mounted on two slippery wheels. Read full book review >

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THE MASK CARVER'S SON by Alyson Richman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Better luck next time to a first-time author who tends to write from the brain rather than from the heart."
An occasionally evocative if often amateurish tale of ninth-century Japan and a young painter's longing for art and love. Read full book review >

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THE LAST VAN GOGH by Alyson Richman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Despite Richman's talent with visual detail, nothing new about van Gogh is illuminated, and wan Marguerite never comes fully to life."
Another in the ever-expanding genre of possible romances between famous painters and their subjects. Read full book review >