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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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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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: Jan. 15, 2012

"Raphael is imposingly erudite and at pains to demonstrate it, yet there is a remarkable clarity to the writing, many elegant turns of phrase and a measure of sly humor."
Novelist, screenwriter and biographer Raphael (Ifs and Buts, 2011, etc.) succeeds admirably in recovering the reputation of much-maligned historian Titus Flavius Josephus (37-100). Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2013

"These horrific accounts provide ample evidence of the need for change in attitudes and actions toward rape victims—a disturbing challenge to anyone who would dismiss the ravages of rape."
Meticulously researched and passionately argued rebuttal of those who would deny the reality and alarming prevalence of acquaintance rape. Read full book review >

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LET'S GET CRIMINAL by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"As if to justify one character's sniffy claim that mysteries aren't real literature, Lambda-winner Raphael (Winter Eyes, 1992, etc.) salts this slender puzzle with allusions to Wilde, Cocteau, Henry James, Agatha Christie, and Moonstruck."
The State University of Michigan in Michiganapolis is exactly like your own alma mater. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Worthwhile if you haven't journeyed with Raphael before."
Raphael's ``greatest hits'': This collection of 13 essays offers remixes and reprises of some of his better-known material. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2012

"Raphael's exceptional history of the beginning years of the United States should be required reading, especially in an election year."
Renowned historian Raphael (Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation, 2011, etc.) delivers an authoritative biography of the Constitutional Convention and the herculean task faced by the representatives. Read full book review >

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THE EDITH WHARTON MURDERS by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1997

"Except for the murders, the conference turns out pretty well."
As if the State University of Michigan weren't already full enough of misfits and malcontents, a conference on Edith Wharton promises to pipe more in from across the country. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2009

"A cleansing, passionate memoir."
Novelist and memoirist Raphael (Hot Rocks, 2007, etc.), contemplates with stark honesty his changing attitude toward the nation that persecuted his parents. Read full book review >