Search Results: "Richard Zimler"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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ALLY-SAURUS & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school. Read full book review >

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MOE IS BEST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued effort successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach their emergent-reader audience. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Veteran Torrey joins the stable of author-illustrators contributing to the I Like to Read picture-book series, crafting a family tale of persistence and confidence that serves as a timely lesson in a text explicitly aimed at the youngest budding readers. Read full book review >

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A BASEBALL STORY by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"An innocent, sweet and charming introduction to the national pastime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coach Mike says that baseball players always need to be ready, and Jordan is all set for the first game of the season. Read full book review >

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THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG DINOSAUR by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A toothy, toothsome tale—if stronger on wish-fulfillment than feasible bully-fooling. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this pointed prehistoric episode, little Jackson, derisively dubbed a "tinysaur," defends a jar of jelly beans from a dino-bully. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF SILK by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A pleasingly engaging look at the subject. (silk facts, glossary) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Crisp, bright photographs and a simple, personal narrative create a remarkably informative look at the process of silk production in a Thai village. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Part of Sobol's Traveling Photographer series, this useful introduction to a famous tourist destination has unexpected child appeal. (facts, glossary, unlabeled world map) (Nonfiction. 8-11) "
A photographer explores the ancient Cambodian temple and modern Siem Reap looking for odd angles, surprises and reflections of today's world in the ancient carvings. Read full book review >

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LUCKY 13 by Richard Hilliard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The fact-packed book makes up in clarity what it lacks in flair. (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
The story of Apollo 13 and its three heroic astronauts receives sturdy treatment in this new picture book that centers on the story of astronaut Jim Lovell. Read full book review >