Search Results: "Joan Nathan"


BOOK REVIEW

AN AMERICAN FOLKLIFE COOKBOOK by Joan Nathan
Released: Nov. 12, 1984

"Other works may examine traditions with more scholarly zeal; this Charles Kuralt-vignette approach has its own charm."
The idea of cookery as vanishing folk heritage has brought some interesting material into print—most recently The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery (p. 630). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"Erratic, but at best wonderful."
Nathan, coauthor with Judy Stacey Goldman of The Flavor of Jerusalem (1975), ransacks the culinary history and geography of Judaism to arrive at some 150 recipes for holiday, Sabbath, and ceremonial fare. Read full book review >

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THE FLAVOR OF JERUSALEM by Joan Nathan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1975

"An enthusiastic culinary tour with a personal feel and a travel-book touch to complement those Middle Eastern and Mitteleuropaeisch flavors."
From the small (pop. 300,000) ancient city where East meets West and the three major religions of the world sit down to table together, two spirited free-lancers who met while working in the office of Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek (though Joan's from Providence and Judy's from Montreal) have compiled favorite recipes and personality profiles from the colorful heterogeneity of the local citizens. Read full book review >

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BIG TRACTOR by Nathan Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Definitely worth a second look among the extensive array of books about large vehicles. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A burly man in a plaid shirt and baseball cap addresses his tractor as "Ol' Partner," reminding his green-painted friend of all the jobs they do together over the course of one agricultural year, from spring to winter. Read full book review >

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JUNCTION by Nathan Jurevicius
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An enticing slide into the strange, particularly for fans of Shaun Tan's wilder fancies. (Picture book. 7-10) "
The scion of a family of Face Changers journeys through a surreal landscape in this pleasantly creepy outing from the creator of Scarygirl (2010, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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SPEED by Nathan Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Fans will race to share this with their favorite racers-to-be, though they will need to fill listeners in on all the specific whys and hows. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With the same attention to detail as his Drive (2008) and Job Site (2011), Clement brings stock-car racing to life for armchair drivers. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD IRONCLAD! by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Livelier than the typical history textbook but sillier than the many outstanding works on the Civil War available for young readers, this will appeal to both history buffs and graphic-novel enthusiasts. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)"
Travel with Nathan Hale back to 1861 for the famous Civil War battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, the war's first ironclad ships. Read full book review >

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JOB SITE by Nathan Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Pair this with Sally Sutton's Roadwork (2008) for a similar treatment of a different job site. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In his debut, Drive (2008), Clement profiled a single 18-wheeler and its driver; here he explores the ever-popular realm of construction trucks. Read full book review >

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YELLOWBELLY AND PLUM GO TO SCHOOL by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp1998. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Hale makes a common premise uncommonly appealing with illustrations that feature a gloriously multi-species cast. Read full book review >

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DRIVE by Nathan Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Indeed, in its strong, steady lines and depiction of a deeply pastoral Midwest, this offering could well be seen as the Great American Truck Book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Striking graphics accompany a child's narration of a truck-driving dad's day at work, from his departure before dawn to his arrival home at the end of the day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Includes source notes, bibliography, index, illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Unlike doomsayers who paint a stark picture of no-win choices between eating and breathing, Aaseng carefully teases out facts and trends to answer his subtitle's question in the affirmative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THEM by Nathan McCall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Squirm-inducing, which surely was the author's intention."
From memoirist and journalist McCall (What's Going On: Personal Essays, 1997, etc.), a debut novel about an Atlanta neighborhood undergoing gentrification—or invasion, depending on your point of view. Read full book review >