Books by Susan Goldman Rubin

COCO CHANEL by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: March 13, 2018

"An intriguing, well-rounded portrait of a fascinating woman whose many important contributions to art and fashion remain popular today. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
In a warts-and-all biography, Rubin introduces readers to Coco Chanel, one of the most well-known fashion designers in the world, whose brand epitomized elegance and good taste. Read full book review >
MAYA LIN by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An engaging, admiring, and insightful portrait of an uncompromising, civic-minded, visionary artist. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 12-15)"
One of the world's most celebrated creators of civic architecture is profiled in this accessible, engaging biography. Read full book review >
THE QUILTS OF GEE'S BEND by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: June 13, 2017

"A handsome volume to enchant a new generation of readers and artists. (source notes, bibliography, acknowledgments, image credits) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
How homemade quilts created in rural Alabama became modern art. Read full book review >
BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A rich, compelling story of the many people who stood up to racial inequality, risking significant danger and hardship for the cause of justice. (photos, timeline, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This behind-the-scenes story of the people and events leading to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education's Supreme Court decision shows that even if the justice sought may be simple, getting it is long and complicated. Read full book review >
ROY'S HOUSE by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: June 7, 2016

"Today's kids will not be particularly shocked by the iconoclastic aspects of pop art, as was Lichtenstein's contemporary audience, but his artwork has an enduring appeal. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pop-art movement of the 20th century is revived in this modern compilation of works by Lichtenstein, who died in 1997. Read full book review >
SONDHEIM by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Musical-theater lovers, whether front-of-curtain, backstage, or audience, will revel in this journey in which 'Every moment makes a contribution / Every little detail plays a part.' (list of shows, film scores, bibliography, videography, discography, source notes) (Biography. 12-18)"
With a deft hand and unbridled admiration for her subject, Rubin presents the career of a musical theater giant. Read full book review >
HOT PINK by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A studied account of the innovative and impulsive fashion legend that's likely to inspire budding designers of any age. (author's note, Schiaparelli facts, bibliography, notes, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
The life story of the trailblazing designer. Read full book review >
STAND THERE! SHE SHOUTED by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An informative, engrossing biography about a clever, determined woman who, at the beginnings of photography, made the art form uniquely her own. (source notes, bibliography, museum directory, index) (Biography. 10-14)
This handsomely designed and illustrated biography introduces readers to the groundbreaking Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Read full book review >
FREEDOM SUMMER by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: May 1, 2014

"A fascinating treatment of a key civil rights moment. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In time for the 50th anniversary of the pivotal civil rights event, Rubin presents heroes, villains and everyday people in 1964 Mississippi. Read full book review >
EVERYONE PAINTS!  by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Still, Rubin's portrait of this creative clan merits at least a look by students of both book illustration and American fine art in general. (index, bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
A perceptive, if undersized and overdesigned, introduction to a dynasty of American painters. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"An absorbing eyewitness view of a shocking event wrapped in a fluent, engaging self-portrait. (bibliography) (Memoir. 11-15)"
The young political intern who provided first aid to Congressional Representative Gabrielle Giffords after her shooting, likely saving her life, steps forward to tell his story. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A carefully researched, cogently argued and handsomely produced appreciation. (reading list, endnotes) (Biography. 10-13)"
A perceptive if patchy tribute to Mexico's premier muralist and (arguably) second-most-renowned visual artist. Read full book review >
JEAN LAFFITE by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, this will suffice as an introduction for die-hard pirate fans and add an interesting, quirky footnote to American history. (author's note, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Who knew that some pirates in the old days were Jewish and fought on the side of the good guys? Mateys, meet Jean Laffite, a real pirate of the Caribbean. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2011

"Farnsworth's moody oil renditions authentically capture the tension, fear, despair and darkness of the period and culminate with a shining lifelike portrait of this now elderly heroine, who is only lately being recognized for her valiant behavior. (resources, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Irena Sendler stands out on the list of righteous Gentiles for her incredibly daring methods of hiding and transporting nearly 400 babies and children out of Nazi-occupied Poland. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Excellent bookmaking—from type to trim size—complements a remarkable celebration of a uniquely American musical genius. (chronology, biographical sketches, author's note, discography, bibliography, quotation sources, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
An impeccably researched and told biography of Leonard Bernstein's musical apprenticeship, from toddlerhood to his conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 25. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

"Candlewick's Art for Baby (2009) is a far better choice, inasmuch as it is specifically keyed to babies' neural development. (18-36 mos.)"
A child's voice narrates a sequence of ten paintings by the great African-American artist, with an emphasis on rhythm and onomatopoeia. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2009

"Farnsworth's full-page paintings in dark hues are stark and haunting. (author's note, resources, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 10 & up)"
The post-World War II publication of Anne Frank's diary made her the icon for all the murdered Jewish children during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"In all, this will have strong visual and intellectual appeal for today's lovers of graphic novels and be particularly welcomed in libraries and museum bookstores. (Biography. 10 & up)"
The veteran arts writer and biographer focuses readers' attention on the life and oeuvre of Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Delicious indeed. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
Rubin introduces the contemporary artist—now in his 80s—in an engaging biography for middle-grade readers. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Thumbnail biographies of Hopper's contemporaries appear in the backmatter, as does a bibliography, notes and a list of museums where readers can find Hopper's work. (Biography. 8-12)"
Lovely design combines with extensive research to produce a compact, lucid biography of one of the 20th-century's foremost American painters. Read full book review >
HAYM SALOMON by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: April 1, 2007

"Not a scholarly or in-depth selection, but certainly an entertaining read for young history buffs. (author note, artist note, glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
With his knowledge of currencies and gift for languages, Salomon filled a vital niche in the American Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
ANDY WARHOL by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A glossary, notes, references, illustration credits, author's note and a list of museums where Warhol's work can be found round out the book. (Biography. 9-12)"
A Mondrian-like design provides a pleasing backdrop for this lavishly illustrated biography. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2006

"Graced by wonderful photographs, Ela's own art and other personal memorabilia and laced with Ela's reminiscences, Rubin's title satisfyingly captures an astonishing Holocaust episode. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In February 1942, 11-year-old Ela was sent with her family to Terezin, the Nazis' "model camp" in what was then Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2005

"A little-known incident brought to heart-rending life. (extensive notes, index, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The bare bones of the story are remarkable and wrenching: In May 1945, a group of inmates at the infamous death camp, knowing the Americans were approaching, scrounged materials, including Nazi banners, their own ragged clothing and bedsheets, and stitched an American flag with which to greet and honor their saviors. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Despite uninspiring writing and book design, the comprehensive illustrations and intriguingly obscure content make this a valuable addition to a collection of American Judaica. (glossary, notes, references, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Images from The Jewish Museum beautifully illustrate this history of Jews in America. Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 2004

"Outsider" art—that made by prisoners, the mentally ill, children, and women—form Rubin's subject, and she handles it fairly well in so small a volume. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"However, the bland correspondence, if one can call it that, provides a weak premise for another book about Anne Frank. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
In 1939, a schoolgirl in Iowa picked a name from a list of children in Holland to be her pen pal; she chose Anne Frank. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"An author's note and bibliography (in equally forbidding tiny type) round out this altogether lovely offering. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A gloriously illustrated volume appropriately emphasizes process in its examination of Degas's ballet paintings. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A bibliography includes films, CDs, videos, interviews, and recordings, as well as books and articles. (glossary of filmmaking terms) (Biography. 10-15)"
E.T., Schindler's List, and An American Tale—these seemingly disparate movies all came from the mind of Steven Spielberg, arguably one of the most influential people in the history of cinema. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2001

"Smith's own well-crafted watercolor paintings add welcome harmony to the painters' dissonant relationship and make the book into a comprehensible, enjoyable whole. (author's note, artist's note, bibliography, art credits, brief biographies) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Post-Impressionists Van Gogh and Gauguin were two prodigiously talented painters whose short-lived collaboration (less than three full months in the late fall of 1888) was both astonishingly productive and fraught with conflict. Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 2001

"The excellent brief bibliographies include videos, Web sites, and interviews as well as books. (glossary, notes, bibliographies) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
It is utterly fascinating to read that so many buildings now considered not only beloved landmarks but also part and parcel of the cultural and historical landscape were reviled, attacked, and genuinely despised when they were first constructed. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Rubin makes clear that Bourke-White's reputation continues to grow, providing researchers and browsers alike with a warm, admiring glimpse of a woman and her times. (notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-13)"
This oversized, handsome book is an excellent introduction to one of America's great photographers and her work, which influenced generations of others who followed her craft. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Computers, cellular phones, Caller ID—readers will never take them for granted again after reading about their remarkable predecessors. (index, not seen, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entertaining history of household objects provides the inventors, the ideas or needs behind the innovations, and the dates they were invented. Read full book review >
EMILY IN LOVE by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: April 1, 1997

"A surprisingly sweet, unusual story of first love. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Emily, 14, last seen in Rubin's Emily Good as Gold (1993), has fallen in love with a ``regular'' boy named Hunt, and is afraid that he'll find out she's ``different''—retarded. Read full book review >
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"As books about Wright abound, this, though handsome, is at best supplemental. (No bibliography; cursory index) (Biography. 12- 15)"
Appealing book design can't rescue a leaden look at the life and work of the eminent architect. Read full book review >
EMILY GOOD AS GOLD by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"(Fiction. 10-14)"
Emily Gold's parents have always told her she's ``good as gold,'' but she's heard the hushed conversations about ``developmentally disabled'' and knows her ``head doesn't work right.'' Her early-adolescent interests and openly stated wish to have a baby and be treated like a grown-up alarm her protective parents, especially her father, who warns that ``Boys are after only one thing.'' Emily is an innocent; her reach for independence brings some close calls, but her father finally admits, respectfully, ``You've got a good head on your shoulders, kiddo.'' Skillfully depicting Emily's evolving relationships with friends, family, and self, Rubin sympathetically portrays a likable girl's pain and vulnerability as she aspires to be ``a normal, regular, real thirteen-year-old teenage girl.'' A fine coming-of-age story that deserves a wide audience for its subtly delivered message. Read full book review >