Lugovskaya began her diary about her life in Moscow in 1932 when she was 13. She continued writing about her activities and thoughts until 1937 when she and her family were raided by Stalin’s secret police. The title does not refer to life in Siberia, but about everyday events and her adolescent angst at school and home, her social life, her friends and her frequent comments about wanting to commit suicide. Nina is endlessly in and out of love and worries about her appearance since she is self-conscious about an eye condition (a crossed eye). Readers can see what life was like under Stalin, and they will learn about the Soviet school system and the social life of young people. But will they care? The diary has been compared to Anne Frank’s, but that is neither correct nor apt. Lugovskaya was not hidden nor did she perish when the family was sent to Siberia. Explanatory notes are added to some entries, which might help readers. Includes photos and a reading list. (Biography. 12-15)

Pub Date: June 18, 2007

ISBN: 978-0-618-60575-0

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2007

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The history of physics since the turn of the century is set forth in seven biographies that concentrate on the people and lives behind the scientific breakthroughs of the nuclear age. Beginning with the Curies' radiation experimentation, Henderson (Modern Mathematicians, 1995) reveals how each scientist chronologically and inspirationally built on the findings of his or her predecessors and colleagues. Neils Bohr relied on Rutherford's ideas about the nuclear atom for his theories of quantum physics; Lise Meitner expanded upon the work of the Curies, Einstein, Fermi, and Planck for her groundbreaking developments in nuclear fission. Clear language and precise examples mark the discussion of each pioneer and their innovations, from the discovery of X rays and the naming of electrons and protons, to the atomic bomb and the existence of quarks. Struggles as well as achievements are outlined in this Milestones in Discovery and Invention Series entry. The concepts are complex; readers with a background in the subject will find this accessible, although for neophytes, terminology is often defined, and icon-driven insets highlight key ideas, connections, trends, parallels, and quotes tangentially related to the time period or person at hand. (index, not seen, b&w diagrams, charts, photos, chronologies, bibliographies) (Biography. 12-15)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-8160-3567-9

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Facts On File

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1997

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At Home With The Presidents (176 pp.; $12.95; Sept. 24; 0-471-25300-6) Morris offers succinct biographical information and anecdotes about all 41 presidents with brief information about homes they grew up it, historic sites dedicated to them, or libraries in which their artifacts are housed. Included are small pictures of the presidents and some of the buildings discussed. Readers will find the book of limited use for research, since the sources for quotations are not given, there is no index, and material considered controversial is not attributed. Appearing out of context are statements such as “George Washington adored his older brother” and “George’s mother was jealous of the two brother’s relationship.” The information on historic sites is upbeat but bland, and could have come right out of tourist brochures. (b&w photographs, illustrations, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 24, 1999

ISBN: 0-471-25300-6

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Wiley

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1999

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