Search Results: "Ralph Blumenthal"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2000

"The Stork Club thrived based on the rule of more rather than less, yet the secret of Billingsley's success eludes Blumenthal in the end. (75 b&w photos) (TV/radio satellite tour)"
A comprehensive, anecdote-laden history of the rise and fall of a man and his gin-mill-cum-glamour-machine. Read full book review >

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ONCE THROUGH THE HEART by Ralph Blumenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Blumenthal wants to have it two ways—a cop story and a family drama—and succeeds admirably. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Simpatico story of a narcotics detective who finds his teenage daughter selling drugs. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 2, 2001

"Gracelessly written, but indispensable to students of Ellison, Oklahoma City in the 1920s, or Harlem in the '40s."
Painstaking biography covering the first half of the noted African-American writer's life, through his acceptance of the National Book Award in 1953. Read full book review >

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HUMPHREY & RALPH by Katharine Andres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Amusing and well told. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A funny, beautifully written book by the award-winning author of Fish Story (1993). Read full book review >

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RALPH NADER by Teresa Celsi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Well-chosen b&w photos; notes; bibliography on consumer issues; index. (Biography. 12-18)"
Our best-known consumer advocate gets his full due in a well-written biography. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY RALPH by Louis Darling
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1970

"Happily, Ralph will be tearing along in his ping-pong ball crash helmet for a long time, on the elusive trail of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and boys who go Pb-pb-b-b-b."
The return of The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a departure—from the wide-open corridors of Mountain View Inn to a cage that's also a vantage point in a typical summer camp; but tipping the balance from fantasy to personality doesn't throw freedom rider Ralph. Read full book review >

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RALPH ELLISON by Arnold Rampersad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2007

"A revealing exploration of Ellison's life and work."
A superb biography of the noted African-American writer and the tormented times in which he lived. Read full book review >

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RALPH BUNCHE by Charles P. Henry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1999

"These digressions cloud our view of the man. (25 b&w photos)"
A quirky biographical sketch of the sometimes forgotten Nobel laureate. Read full book review >

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RALPH BUNCHE by Brian Urquhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"But be that as it may, Urquhart's scrupulously documented, wide-angle narrative bids fair to become a standard reference on the man. (Photographs—not seen)"
The first full-dress biography of Bunche—and one that brings to life the many achievements of a remarkable diplomat. Read full book review >

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PANICKING RALPH by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Like most James novels (Kill Me, 1999, etc.), a moral dust-up, with bad men landing on their feet, good ones sliding into crime, and young girls like Harpur's teenaged lover Denise acting as the fulcrum."
When drug kingpin Oliphant Kenward Knapp is murdered, his rivals briefly lie dormant, then start circling, usurping his turf, his couriers, his suppliers. Read full book review >

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ROTTEN RALPH by Jack Gantos
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 19, 1980

"Rudel has a grand time with Ralph's wicked antics—picture a lusher, more emotive Byron Barton—and her hyper-naive playfulness is cathartic and just what a devil like Ralph has coming to him."
Rotten Ralph is a mean-eyed, saw-toothed, bright red cat, so bad he makes Awful Alexander (see above) look like a goody-goody. Read full book review >

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THREE STRIKES FOR ROTTEN RALPH by Jack Gantos
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Ralph's only redeeming quality is his love for Sarah, but his irrepressible rottenness will delight newly independent readers. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Has Ralph learned nothing in more than 30 years of misadventures and misbehavior? Read full book review >