Search Results: "Ella Fitzgerald"


BOOK REVIEW

ELLA FITZGERALD by Tanya Lee Stone
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Readers will come away knowing much more about jazz history than they would have expected and will find it hard to stop reading about this fascinating woman. (source notes, bibliography, index, author's note) (Biography. 11+)"
Explaining that the story of her subject's life was often filled with misinformation, Stone uses extensive resources to set the record straight. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Cool. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In this terrific picture-book biography, Scat Cat Monroe, a slick, fast-talking cat tells the story of Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Scat. Read full book review >

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ELLA FITZGERALD by Stuart Nicholson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"But his musical analyses enliven his language, and his treatment of his subject's human and musical strengths and weaknesses is well balanced."
The First Lady of Song is more than deserving of a full-length biography, and English musician-critic Nicholson (Jazz: The Modern Resurgence, not reviewed) is erudite and intelligent. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Source notes; discography; bibliography; index. (Biography. 12+)"
From her amateur debut at 16 (or possibly 14), Ella Fitzgerald has shown an ability to adapt to changes in fortune and musical taste, keeping her at or near the top of her profession for more than half a century. Read full book review >

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ELLA by Mallory Kasdan
by Mallory Kasdan, illustrated by Marcos Chin
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"For hipsters of all ages. (Picture book. 6-adult)"
An iconic picture book gets rebooted. Read full book review >

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A-TISKET, A-TASKET by Ella Fitzgerald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"It's terrific to have Fitzgerald's child-friendly song available in a visual format, and adult fans of the 'First Lady of Jazz' will welcome this opportunity to share her talent with children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ella Fitzgerald's words to this familiar nursery rhyme are coupled with vivacious mixed-media illustrations in sophisticated shades of mustard, lime green, brick red, turquoise, black, and gray. Read full book review >

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PENELOPE FITZGERALD by Hermione Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Another winning biography from Lee. Those who love Fitzgerald's work will tuck this book right next to her volumes."
Lee (President/Wolfson Coll., Oxford; Biography: A Very Short Introduction, 2009) devotes her considerable talents for biography to Penelope Knox Fitzgerald (1916-2000), who didn't publish her first book until the age of 58.Read full book review >

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Released: April 27, 1994

"Factually rich, if uninspired. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate)"
This easygoing, academically voiced bio of F. Scott Fitzgerald calls itself the first ``full-scale contemporary'' life since Turnbull's in 1962. Read full book review >

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ALEX FITZGERALD, TV STAR by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"An acceptable, if undistinguished, addition to young readers' collections. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Krull's second book about her irrepressible heroine takes up the excitement and disappointments of show business. Read full book review >

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ZELDA FITZGERALD by Sally Cline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2003

"Though less fluent than Nancy Milford's now-standard, 33-year-old Zelda, Cline's account should find considerable following among students of women's literature and art."
Wrapped up in a thorough biography, a strong case for why the unfortunate Zelda Fitzgerald should be remembered as an artist foremost, not merely as a victim of mental illness. Read full book review >

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JUST ELLA by Margaret Peterson Haddix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"This cleverly done book would make a good read-aloud for younger children, an addition to units on myth and fairy tales at the middle-school level, and will also entertain high school students—and lead them to Haddix's other, more contemporary works. (Fiction. 10-16)"
In the wake of Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (1997) and such recent movies as Ever After, Haddix (Among the Hidden, 1998, etc.) has her own ideas about whether Cinderella really lived happily ever after. Read full book review >