Search Results: "Katherine Frank"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2012

"Frank wisely leaves the minutia of spotting duplication in their works to Defoe scholars while she focuses on the values and beliefs of the two men. Knox came out to be the better of the two, and his little-known story deserves reading."
Alexander Selkirk's ordeal as a castaway may have seeded the plot for Robinson Crusoe, but Daniel Defoe's tale is a clear reflection of his own life's struggles. Read full book review >

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INDIRA by Katherine Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"The intimacy established in Indira's early years is washed away by snippets of journalism toward the end, leaving this account somewhat unbalanced. Still, this is a rewarding study for Westerners curious about the Nehru dynasty and independent India's tumultuous political history."
The tale of modern India's mightiest matriarch and most controversial Prime Minister. Read full book review >

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A PASSAGE TO EGYPT by Katherine Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 1994

"A memorable story that will challenge images of the 19th century as a sepia-toned world inhabited by static women."
This absorbing account follows a remarkable 19th-century Englishwoman from her London childhood to her final years in Upper Egypt, where she shed many of her European trappings to become Noor ala Noor (Light from the Light), author and healer. Read full book review >

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KATHERINE ARDEN
by Rachel Sugar

From its very first pages, you’d have no idea that Katherine Arden’s sweeping historical fantasy is the author’s first novel. And you could be forgiven for expressing your shock (or envy or frustration) when you find out that in fact the wholly absorbing epic, rooted in Russian folklore, steeped in medieval Russian history, in fact began on a private whim ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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START YOUR READING YEAR OFF RIGHT WITH JANUARY'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOKS
by John DeNardo

Another year of reading begins! What better way to start it off than with books that will stretch your imagination? This month's selection of the best science fiction and fantasy reads offers sword and sorcery, eldritch horrors, a richly-imagined forest world, deals with the Devil in the Old West, espionage across parallel worlds, and a 25th Century whodunit ...


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SEVEN IMPOSSIBLY GOOD BITS OF BOOK NEWS
by Julie Danielson

Is the news getting you down? Are you experiencing a bit of a summer slump? (Here in the South anyway we are halfway done with summer break.) Or just ennui in general? I’ll be the first to raise my hand and answer my own questions: yes to all of the above!

When this happens, I like to think about the ...


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GETTING DOWN TO EARTH
by Julie Danielson

Earth Day 2017 may have passed, but I’m a firm believer in the notion that, as many bumper stickers like to so succinctly put it, Earth Day is every day. I’ve been keeping my eye out for picture books—the fictional, story-time types, that is—that get children thinking about this planet we live on and how to best take care of ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A visually splendid birthday jaunt is a bit dampened by its text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy's amusement-park birthday becomes a die-cut celebration for all. Read full book review >

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YOUNG CHARLOTTE, FILMMAKER by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Similar in tone and feel to Young Frank, Architect (2013), this companion acts as both promotion for the MoMA and an encouragement to budding artists to think outside the box and pursue their dreams. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Tiny, bespectacled Charlotte is a young filmmaker who has discovered the joy of black-and-white cinematography. Read full book review >

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THE LENDING ZOO by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"A cool idea poorly executed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Readers get a peek at what it would be like to visit a library that lends animals to patrons. Read full book review >