Search Results: "Catherine Reef"


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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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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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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 >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A solid and captivating look at these remarkable pioneers of modern fiction. (notes and a comprehensive bibliography) (Biography. 12-16)"
The wild freedom of the imagination and the heart, and the tragedy of lives ended just as success is within view—such a powerful story is that of the Brontë children. Read full book review >

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ERNEST HEMINGWAY by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2009

"Accessible to young readers but most useful to teens as they begin to read Hemingway's greatest works. (source notes, bibliography, list of major works, picture credits) (Biography. 10 & up)"
Opening with a vivid description of bullfights in Pamplona, which Hemingway saw as "death struggle raised to an art," and concluding with Hemingway's own death struggle in 1961, Reef creates a memorable portrait of the writer and his times, and even readers too young for most of Hemingway's oeuvre will enjoy armchair traveling to the bullfights in Spain, fishing expeditions to the Dry Tortugas and the Marquesas Keys, big-game hunting on the Serengeti and covering the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >

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JOHN STEINBECK by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 22, 1996

"Mexican- Americans and hoboes'' will certainly kindle an interest in one who is, to too many readers, just another piece of homework. (b&w photos, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12-15)"
In this captivating portrait of the restless, versatile Steinbeck, Reef follows up her stellar Walt Whitman (1995) by illuminating the life and work of another wayward icon of the American cultural scene. Read full book review >