Search Results: "Deborah Lattimore"


BOOK REVIEW

DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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MEDUSA by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Though the tale is fleshed out with the first part of the story of Perseus, the 'hero' comes off as barely more than an instrument of divine will here; expand standard versions of the myth, such as Warwick Hutton's Perseus (1993), with this female-centered take. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-10)"
Lattimore (Cinderhazel, 1997, etc) presents the Medusa legend as an elaborate curse orchestrated start to finish by a savagely jealous goddess. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1992

"Like some of Lattimore's other earnest attempts to mine the past, a mixed effort. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Merit, temple servant, has seen Waha, Pharaoh's High Priest, drown a sacred cat. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The feverishly smudged illustrations depict look-alike potato-faced witches amidst a constant swirling tornado of witch hats, brooms, soot, spiders, and party decorations. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Cinderella meets Halloween in a twist on the old story, in which Lattimore (The Fool and the Phoenix, p. 951, etc.) capitalizes on dirt and the assumption that children revel in it. Read full book review >

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PUNGA by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

An art historian who's created picture books on several cultures (The Winged Cat, 1992) explores the Maori custom of sticking out the tongue in a way that's considered beautiful, especially during the haka dance. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"A somewhat superficial background note is appended, which wrongly implies that the legend of the phoenix is a Japanese story, when it is actually found in many cultures. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this original tale of a mute birdcatcher who nets a phoenix and saves his village from a bandit, Lattimore (Arabian Nights, 1995, etc.) shows little of the zeal for authenticity and depth of research that characterize her other works. Read full book review >

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ARABIAN NIGHTS by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"Soaked in the details and ornamentation of a remote world, they are colorful yet retain a moodiness that deepens the exotic atmosphere. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
The lessons of three tales unfold plainly without any preaching. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An odd hybrid in which the personal and political awkwardly jostle one another and tend to get hopelessly mixed up in the fray."
Expressly following the feminist dictum that ``the personal is political,'' Pogrebin (Among Friends, 1986; Family Politics, 1983, etc.), a founding editor of Ms. magazine, mixes memoir with reportage to chart her dual commitment to Judaism and feminism. Read full book review >

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SASHA’S MATRIOSHKA DOLLS by Jana Dillon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2003

"A delightful tale destined to delight readers and collectors of the charming carvings. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nesting dolls have a rich history, in Russia, dating from the 19th century. Read full book review >

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GITTEL'S HANDS by Erica Silverman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1996

"Readers familiar with Passover traditions will love the story most; others will find the glossary a useful page for learning more. (Picture book/folklore. 7+)"
Elijah makes a miraculous appearance in this Passover tale of a boastful father and his wise and compassionate daughter, Gittel. Read full book review >

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OWEN LATTIMORE AND THE 'LOSS' OF CHINA by Robert P. Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A thought-provoking intellectual cliffhanger about a man whose thinking was ahead of his time—and who paid for it. (Fourteen photographs, two maps—not seen.)"
Well-done study of a distinguished victim of the McCarthy era, by Newman (The Cold War Romance of Lillian Hellman and John Melby, 1989; Rhetoric/Univ. of Pittsburgh). Read full book review >