Books by Jennifer Hagerman

BOOKWORKS by Gwenyth Swain
Released: July 21, 1995

Look for breadth rather than depth in this arts-and-crafts idea book. Though Swain confines herself in this primer to simple artists' books of a few leaves and soft paper covers, she still introduces a vast array of techniques (some in historical context): papermaking; marbling; several kinds of sewn and folded bindings; scrolls; printing with potatoes, pasta, and carved erasers; general illustration and layout; pop-up effectsas well as background history for some of these; even some advice about writing. Whew! Produced in collaboration with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and illustrated with full-color photos of young people participating in workshops (with plenty of supplementary black-and- white line drawings), this is less a book of specific projects than a springboard for experimentation; the author frequently suggests alternate methods or materials, and leaves readers to find out for themselves that some arts are harder to master than others. Aside from some imprecise language (the ``wooden frames'' needed for paper molds are actually picture frames, and the caution that ``skinnier pieces [of pasta] next to thinner ones won't print'' is a head-scratcher), her instructions are clear enough. Appropriate safety notes are offered, and materials needed are fairly common in art supply stores. (glossary, bibliography, address list, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13) Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 1992

A readable portrait of a great 19th-century pioneer: a chemist who studied at Vassar in its earliest years, was the first woman at MIT (they waived her fees: if she failed, they could disclaim her; she was awarded a degree in 1873, but later denied a doctorate she had earned), and went on to seminal work in water pollution, nutrition, and detecting adulteration of food—all fulfilling her lifelong aim of using science to make people healthier. She also set up Boston's first school lunch program and administered correspondence courses for women, championing her radical view that women would benefit from understanding the science underlying their household tasks. Focusing on Richards's many achievements, Vare also includes revealing details of her personal life (education; deferring marriage until she was sure of her husband's support in her career; being dubbed ``Ellencyclopedia'' by sister-in-law Laura Richards, of ``Eletelephony'' fame). The many quotes (not sourced) are from Richards and her intimates. A fine introduction to an inspiring woman. Bibliography. (Biography. 8-12) Read full book review >