Search Results: "Richard Zimler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVENTH GATE by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2012

"Adult fiction that counts on readers' ability to draw meaning from cultural signposts such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Greta Garbo and The Magic Mountain. But its plucky heroine gives it young adult appeal as well."
In early 1930s Berlin, with Nazism on the rise, self-possessed 14-year-old Sophie Riedesel joins her kindly Jewish neighbor, Mr. Zarco, in a secret resistance group known as the Ring. When the group's leader is murdered, Sophie dedicates herself to solving the crime, even as her father and boyfriend are signing up with the Nazis. Read full book review >

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THE ANGELIC DARKNESS by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

A disappointing second effort from Zimler (The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, 1998), who follows up his early success with a lugubrious coming-out tale set in 1980s San Francisco. Read full book review >

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HUNTING MIDNIGHT by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Florid prose but little depth. The adventure and mystery of the second half here hold much more interest than John's coming-of-age."
From Zimler (The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, 1998, etc.): an earnest and deliberate thriller of family secrets, with historical trappings. Read full book review >

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THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 1998

"A bit attenuated, but, on balance, one of the more unusual and interesting first novels of recent vintage."
Despite the recent embrace of Kabbalah as the contemporary celebrity spiritual plaything, it's unlikely that the Hollywood pack will spend many hours studying the intricacies of this willfully arcane first novel by an American writer who lives and teaches in Portugal. Read full book review >

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GUARDIAN OF THE DAWN by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2005

"The weird contrast of Christianity at its most murderous and India at its most sumptuous jars the senses as crime and punishment work their usual spell in this deeply absorbing work."
The Inquisition visits on Portuguese Goa a great terror worthy of Josef Stalin, testing a fragile family to the limit. Read full book review >

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MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. Read full book review >

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THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A carnivorous book invites readers to participate. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF RICE by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Using rice as a lens, this book delivers an engaging snapshot of Thailand and its people. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Many rice farmers all over Thailand still plant and harvest by hand, with the help of family members and such animals as water buffalo and elephants. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"First in a planned Traveling Photographer series, this will delight armchair explorers and animal lovers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Wildlife photographer Sobol treks into Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to photograph critically endangered mountain gorillas. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 15, 2004

"Quite delightful. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
"Were the saints bonkers?" asks Brassey in this irreverent foray into the lives of 17 of the oldest saints in the Christian canon. Read full book review >

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GODSPEED, JOHN GLENN by Richard Hilliard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A way to show very young readers an astronaut story, but Sally Ride's To Space and Back (1986) is much more engaging. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Hilliard's biography of John Glenn focuses on his first orbit of the earth in 1962 in Friendship 7, the Mercury capsule, but does briefly mention his early life and history. Read full book review >