Books by Barbara Moore

Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"A succinct portrait of the nature of submission and one woman discovering herself in marriage and beyond."
In this candid, objective memoir of a codependent marriage, the author takes readers on a painful yet poignant journey from a failing marriage toward independence. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1997

Other than the confusing title (which goes without explanation until well into the book), this is an exciting, well-written, and informative account of all the planning and coordination necessary to keep the National Gallery of Art in Washington ready for its 17,000 daily visitors. Thompson (Auks, Rocks, and the Odd Dinosaur) and Moore launch this day in the life of an art museum at 6:00 a.m., enumerating the responsibilities of all those answering to the director—the curators, guards, carpenters, engineers, conservators, cleaning staff, educational staff, handlers, food-preparers, gardeners, etc.—in the museum's private spaces (the ``Staff Only'' areas). Readers will learn how an exhibition is planned; one curator explains that an exhibition is ``like a play in several acts. Visitors need to sense this structure or they may feel lost.'' The vivid full-color photographs of the collections and personnel at work both enhance the story and draw readers into the timeline of events; they will never again visit an art museum without an awareness of the complex preparations for the treasures on display. (Nonfiction. 9+) Read full book review >