Search Results: "Raphael Soyer"


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A YOUNG MAN IN SEARCH OF LOVE by Isaac Bashevis Singer
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1978

"We'll stay around."
As a young man in 1930s Warsaw, Singer lived inconspicuously on the edge of a successful brother's literary circle, tormented by philosophical doubts and youthful skepticisms, involved with a much-older mistress (a typical Singer grotesque) and on intimate terms with other, equally obsessed women. Read full book review >

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WAKING RAPHAEL by Leslie Forbes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 29, 2004

"As in Fish, Blood and Bone (2001), Forbes uses the conventions of the romance and the thriller, transforming and discarding them at will, to illuminate the mysterious connections between past and present and bring a pair of ardent and uncommonly appealing heroines to life."
The restoration of a famed Raphael canvas reveals matters far more scandalous than hidden brushstrokes in Forbes's magical Italian idyll. Read full book review >

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THE RAPHAEL AFFAIR by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Politely sordid art-dealing background is the highlight of this quietly lighthearted first novel by art-historian Pears (The Discovery of Painting, 1980)."
Fledgling British art historian Jonathan Argyll, picked up for vagrancy when he's found hanging around a pokey Roman church, tells a wild story: He's come to check on his hunch that an obscure Mantini canvas hanging in the church actually conceals a lost Raphael painted beneath. Read full book review >

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RAPHAEL AND THE NOBLE TASK by Catherine Salton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"It could well take ten bedtimes to read aloud and lapse into a stately tread that has its narcotic usefulness."
A telling of the dragon Raphael that guards the Great Portal of an English Cathedral—apparently a first book drawn from the author's own childhood visits to castles and cathedrals around England. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER by Ann Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2002

"The excitement of food and food preparation set in a historical context radiates from every page; middle-grade readers and those ready for a biography of a totally unique individual, irreplaceable by all accounts, will be fascinated. (Biography. 8-12)"
The illustrator of the splendid Fanny at Chez Panisse (1997) offers a fascinating pictorial biography of an engaging personality, the French chef Alexis Soyer. Read full book review >

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ALL HIS SONS by Frederic Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"'Try not to be cruel.' 'I loved Eyes Wide Shut.'"
If this were a movie written by Raphael, the climactic dialogue might sound like this: Read full book review >

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COAST TO COAST by Frederic Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Have you ever read a novel that's all dialogue?" 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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THE FORTUNATE FALL by Raphael Carter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"All in all, though, an assured, noteworthy, auspicious debut."
A future historical concerned with virtual reality, computer networks, war crimes, and mind control, set in 23rd-century Russia. Read full book review >

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THE SPIRIT OF '74 by Ray Raphael
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The authors shine a light on a dark corner of the struggle for American independence."
A well-conceived work of popular history that fills a gap in the chronology of the American Revolution. Read full book review >

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PERFECT DAYS by Raphael Montes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Readers of Thomas Harris and Henning Mankell may feel that they've been here before, but a fast and fluent read all the same."
Psychopathology, Carioca style: well-paced but troubling thriller by Brazilian novelist/lawyer Montes. Read full book review >

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WRITING A JEWISH LIFE by Lev Raphael
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"An important writer with nothing new to say."
After traversing many different genres, from literary fiction (Dancing on Tisha B'Av, 1990) to academic mysteries (the Nick Hoffman series) and critical essays (Journeys and Arrivals, 1996), Raphael returns to nonfiction, drawing together 12 pieces about being a gay, Jewish writer. Read full book review >