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Series: What the Neighbors Thought


Released: July 9, 2013

"Mightily entertaining and if unlikely to broaden a young reader's knowledge of the history of science, certain to humanize it. (reading list, no source notes or index) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Krull profiles 20 scientists—warning away at the outset anyone interested in the actual details of their discoveries because here, she's all about dishing on their lives and egos instead. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Well-behaved women rarely make history" is the pendant to this collection of 20 brief biographies in what is now the masterly style of this dynamite team's previous "Lives of . . ." books. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1995

Krull vigorously beats more dust from the rug of High Culture with this followup to Lives of the Musicians (1993) and Lives of the Writers (1994). Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1994

Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage from the author and illustrator of Lives of the Musicians (1993). Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1993

A collection of anecdotes about 19 musicians from Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie that's offered ``as a way of getting closer to the musicians—and the music''—but that may only distance readers from traditional music by portraying it as an incomprehensible milieu populated by odd characters. Read full book review >