Search Results: "John Bierhorst"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WAY OF THE EARTH by John Bierhorst
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
From a master historian, folklorist, and anthropologist, a lucid, densely fact-filled argument for Native Americans' theories and practices of preserving the environment. Read full book review >

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IS MY FRIEND AT HOME? by John Bierhorst
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 12, 2001

"A detailed note on sources is included. (Picture book folklore. 4+)"
This delightful and unusual collection of trickster tales was originally told in the Hopi pueblos of Arizona in the wintertime, "especially after dark when the Sun was traveling under the earth." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUMOR
Released: May 19, 1992

"Unique. (Folklore. 8+)"
Incredible as it is, Native American riddles have never before been gathered together in a book; there's even been some scholarly doubt that native riddling traditions exist on this side of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: April 1, 1994

"List of tribes and cultures. (Folklore/Picture book. 6+)"
How gratifying to have one of Bierhorst's peerless anthologies in picture-book format: 50-odd lullabies, night songs, and prayers of peoples from the Arctic to Paraguay, arranged in thematic groups showing how various cultures have celebrated the beauty and mystery of sunset, the heavenly bodies, night creatures, and the sacred darkness in which the Creator moves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by John Bierhorst
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 16, 1993

"Most satisfying to look at, to read aloud, or to hear. (Folklore/Picture book. 5+)"
From a distinguished editor and translator of Native American lore (most recently, Lightning Inside You, 1992), a simple but dramatically retold creation myth. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"In addition to offering sources and lists of stories by theme, Bierhorst imbues the tellings with a sense of the immediacy: Their raw charm shines through. (b&w illustrations, not seen; bibliography, notes) (Folklore. 10-12)"
Bierhorst (The Dancing Fox, 1997, etc.) has gathered 22 tales from the First Peoples of America, from the Inuit to the Maya, Cherokee, Zuni, Seneca, and Lenape, among others, focusing on the little people. Read full book review >

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THE DANCING FOX by John Bierhorst
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Few children will want to read it cover to cover on their own; the stories, if diverting, are unembellished, and readers raised on the tidy endings of European folktales and the pithy morals of Aesop may find these selections brusque. (b&w illustrations, notes, bibliography) (Folklore. 10+)"
A scholarly collection of traditional stories from the Inuit cultures of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, expertly edited by Bierhorst (The Way of the Earth, 1994, etc.), who includes an extensive introduction to the Inuit, as well as thoroughly annotated notes on each story and a listing of references. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >