Search Results: "Jean Fritz"


BOOK REVIEW

BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR by Jean Fritz
FICTION
Released: May 29, 1979

"Her jaunty tone is a shade forced at first when she is treating Ireland's love for stories and enthusiasm for the new religion of Christianity, but Brendan's story itself, with all its fabrications and uncertainties, is a natural for her characteristic informal approach, which hinges on not taking her material too seriously."
Fritz incorporates legend, speculation, and likely fact into her story of St. Read full book review >

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FRITZ LANG by Patrick McGilligan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 25, 1997

"McGilligan is not a graceful stylist, but he has a great story to tell, and he tells it with verve, originality, and insight. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An adroit and revealing biography of the talented director of such classics as Metropolis and M. Few directors weathered the transition from silent movies to sound as successfully as Lang. Read full book review >

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FRITZ REINER by Philip Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"This substantial study makes the reader hungry for the same treatment of Reiner's contemporaries: How about Eugene Ormandy, Charles Munch, Paul Paray, or Thomas Schippers, Mr. Hart? (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A worthy addition to the small shelf of famous-maestro biographies relying on thoughtful scholarship rather than hype. Read full book review >

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WHY NOT, LAFAYETTE? by Jean Fritz
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Fritz adds telling—and usually entertaining—details so effectively that readers will be stirred even at this distance by Lafayette's accomplishments, personal gifts as a leader and mediator, and lifelong idealism. (Biography. 10-13)"
From Fritz (You Want Women To Vote, Lizzie Stanton?, 1995, etc.), another winning portrait of a colorful historical figure with whom most readers will have but a nodding acquaintance. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"Though Jakoubek's Harriet Beecher Stowe (1989) is a more detailed source for Harriet's writings and later life, this makes livelier reading and presents a coherent, well-knit view of the Beechers' place in our country's history. (Biography. 10-13)"
The tale of this prominent, brilliant, dangerously high-strung family (two brothers committed suicide) makes a compelling American saga. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS by Jean Fritz
FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 1981

"An agreeable extra."
Like Brendan the Navigator (1979), this sprightly bit of biography is "drawn from an old legend, much of which is certainly true." Read full book review >

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WHO'S THAT STEPPING ON PLYMOUTH ROCK? by Jean Fritz
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 1975

The skittish saga of Plymouth Rock says more about how we Americans memorialize our heritage than about the heritage itself. Read full book review >

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WHERE WAS PATRICK HENRY ON THE 29TH OF MAY? by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 25, 1975

"Margot Tomes makes the most of Henry's theatrical posturing and altogether this spunky, irreverent performance captures the essence of the celebrated 'Patrick flash."
Even his friends agreed that "there was nothing special about Patrick Henry as a boy." Read full book review >

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TAP, TAP, LION 1,2,3 by Jean Fritz
Released: Aug. 14, 1962

"Children who have roared, chirped or growled their way through the living room will immediately respond to the gaiety of this funny reversal and will surely envy Sally her special admittance to the animal kingdom of let's Pretend."
A droll switch on a perennial game — now the lion, bear, owl and rabbit pretend they are children: When a real child (Sally) joins them, the group is complete and ready for a rollicking round of Hide and Seek, Do What. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT LITTLE MADISON by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 27, 1989

"An excellent, fascinating, indispensable resource."
A vivid portrait of the small man with a small voice who was the first to arrive at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, as well as the last survivor of that august body when he died in 1836—and who played perhaps the most vital, central role in US history in the years between. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1981

Continuing the move, begun with Stonewall (1979), from her delightful founding-father sketches to a somewhat older, straighter, and fuller biography, Fritz has made another lively, readable life story from far less personable material. Read full book review >

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I, ADAM by Jean Fritz
Released: Oct. 30, 1963

"The world of brine and foam and the hot green land of sweet, harvested hay are carved out in detail to form strong backgrounds for a clearly plotted, well written adventure story."
Though born a whaler's son, Adam Crane did not feel the call of the salt. Read full book review >