Search Results: "Catherine Reef"


BOOK REVIEW

CATHERINE by April Lindner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Not as emotionally engaging as readers might desire, but solid and well-told. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
After discovering that her mother, Catherine Eversole Price, had not died, as her father told her, but instead deserted the family and then disappeared, 17-year-old Chelsea Price goes on a quest to find out what happened to her. Read full book review >

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REEF by Romesh Gunesekera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"An extraordinarily accomplished mix of the sensual and the cerebral in beautifully detailed settings by a writer of great promise."
The simple pleasures of the domestic arts well done become the stuff of metaphor in this wise and poignant tale of loss, both political and personal, by Sri Lankanborn Gunesekera (short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994). Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 18, 2011

"Perhaps this work will lead readers to Jane Austen and imaginatively apply the facts of the author's life to the novels—or vice-versa. (afterword, family trees, notes, selected bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
It is either daring or foolish—or both—to use the subtitle, "A Life Revealed," when the biographer states that little is known about the biographee. Read full book review >

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E.E. CUMMINGS by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"It would have been made even stronger with fuller contextualization of Cummings's work among his contemporaries; as it is, it represents a solid introduction to one of the early 20th-century's more provocative American poets. (notes, bibliography, glossary, index) (Biography. YA)"
A cogent biography weaves life and poetry together for an appreciative look at the unconventional and exacting artist. Read full book review >

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EAT THE RIGHT STUFF by Catherine Reef
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In the new Good Health Guidelines series, a sensible, middle-of-the-road approach to nutrition. Read full book review >

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NOAH WEBSTER by Catherine Reef
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Thorough, well-documented, and smoothly written. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This biography covers the life and times of Noah Webster—whose name has become synonymous with "dictionary"—from his humble farmhouse birth in 1758 to his death, surrounded by loved ones, in 1843. Read full book review >

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FRIDA & DIEGO by Catherine Reef
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Compelling reading for art lovers. (timeline, source notes, bibliography; index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The intertwined creative and personal lives of two trailblazing artists whose lifestyles were as avant-garde as their work. Read full book review >

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WALT WHITMAN by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 24, 1995

"On top of all this, the photographs provide as rich a documentation as anyone could wish for of the growth and graying of Whitman's beard. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
A handsome and affectionate biography, full of quotes from Whitman's poetry and prose, b&w photographs of him and his contemporaries, paintings and etchings of their world, and reproductions of Whitman's handwriting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VICTORIA by Catherine Reef
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A biography fit for a queen. (index) (Biography. 12-18)"
One of history's most influential rulers became queen just out of girlhood and led her country during a time of great change. Read full book review >

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FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Catherine Reef
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A vividly written, richly layered portrait of a fascinating woman whose life and work influenced and inspired many. (photos, source notes, bibliography) (Biography. 12-18)"
This complex portrait of the "Lady with the Lamp" offers an insightful look into the remarkable life and work of Florence Nightingale and the times in which she lived. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2005

"A crying shame. (afterword, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A solid, but not stellar, volume surveys the development of orphanages in the United States from the beginning of the 19th century to their decline in the 20th. Read full book review >

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FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"Despite its flaws, this offering stands as a valuable addition to children's literature both of African-American history and of American imperialism, and deserves recognition for its attempt to tell the story behind the footnote. (index, endnotes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
What usually appears in textbooks as a footnote to a footnote of history is given a fuller treatment in an uneven yet laudable accounting. Read full book review >