Search Results: "Raymond Sokolov"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

It's not news that tomatoes, chilies, potatoes, and corn are New World foods, or that the Spanish introduced European livestock and their dairy products to America. Read full book review >

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STEAL THE MENU by Raymond Sokolov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"Perhaps a bit too acidic for some tastes, but most foodies will find the book refreshingly different."
A knowledgeable look at the transformation of fine dining over the past half-century, viewed through the prism of the author's personal history. Read full book review >

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CAJUN HOME by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers who can get past these minor points of confusion will close the book with a sense that they, too, have traveled to Cajun country. (further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bial's exquisite photography glorifies Cajun life, past and present, in a format similar to his other books, including Shaker Home (1994). Read full book review >

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UG by Raymond Briggs
by Raymond Briggs, illustrated by Raymond Briggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Beneath the satiric barbs there's a touch of poignancy to this tale of a da Vinci just a few dozen millennia ahead of his time. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Suggesting that some things haven't changed since the Stone Age, Briggs (A Bit More Bert, p. 1300, etc.) introduces a moon-faced lad who infuriates his clueless parents by insistently questioning things-as-they-are. Read full book review >

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BOOTH’S DAUGHTER by Raymond Wemmlinger
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2007

"His quick-moving and well-written story employs appropriately old-fashioned speech, and beliefs and the result is enthralling. (Historical fiction. 13-16)"
The devoted daughter of famous actor Edwin Booth, the brother of infamous John Wilkes Booth, slowly realizes the depths of her father's controlling behavior toward everyone around him. Read full book review >

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GHOST TOWNS OF THE AMERICAN WEST by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Children seeking a sense of this partly mythic time and place in American history, or just a delicious shiver, will linger over his tribute. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Bial (A Handful of Dirt, p. 299, etc.) conjures up ghostly images of the Wild West with atmospheric photos of weathered clapboard and a tally of evocative names: Tombstone, Deadwood, Goldfield, Progress, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickock, the OK Corral. Read full book review >

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THE BITTEREST AGE by Raymond Kennedy
Released: April 11, 1994

"Splendid secondhand descriptions are not enough to carry the thin storyline and simplistic ending."
In his seventh novel, Kennedy (Columbine, 1980) tackles the highly charged subject of the lives of German citizenry near the end of World War II. Read full book review >

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RIDE A COCKHORSE by Raymond Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 1991

"A bravura, darkly comic performance by a novelist who matches his outsized heroine in effrontery."
A woman who curdles the blood but can't be begrudged credit for her audacity is the monster at the center of this outrageous and funny novel. Read full book review >

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FAREWELL, MY LOVELY by Raymond Chandler
Released: Oct. 7, 1940

"Ware."
Young tornado of a tale in which Philip Marlowe, private detective, witnesses the killing of a bartender, in a Negro joint, and then of a client, who seems to be fingerman for a gang of jip artists and dope peddlers. Read full book review >

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AUNT RACHEL’S FUR by Raymond Federman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Tedious, relentlessly unfunny, and wholly predictable."
Federman (To Whom It May Concern, 1990, etc.) continues to explore the impact of the Holocaust on France, as well as the nature of fiction narrative. Read full book review >