Search Results: "Laura Hansen"


BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A moving, wistful, uniquely entertaining tribute."
A chorus of fascinating and mostly thoughtful voices reflects on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >

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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

AESOP IN CALIFORNIA by Doug Hansen
adapted by Doug Hansen, illustrated by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"This affectionate, glowing collection will be hard to resist. (Fables. 4-8)"
North to south, east to west, across mountain, valley, ocean and desert, California's flora and fauna illustrate adapted Aesopian fables. Read full book review >

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CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >

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THE HEART CALLS HOME by Joyce Hansen
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Hansen deftly weaves real historical events into the novel, presenting a vivid account of a budding black settlement during Reconstruction. (Fiction. 12-14)"
More than a decade after the publication of the first books in this trilogy (Which Way Freedom, 1986; Out From This Place 1988), Hansen completes her story of Obi and Easter, two escaped slaves from South Carolina, who become separated during the Civil War. Read full book review >

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CAESAR'S ANTLERS by Brooks Hansen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"In his first book for children, aided by the black-and-white chapter drawings that launch each chapter, Hansen (for adults, The Chess Garden, 1995) creates a timeless atmosphere for a tale that is as unusual as it is accomplished. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A strangely tender story of love, loss, and devotion that is imbued with the rhythms of its creatures: a slow, compelling rhythm to match the placid determination of a reindeer named Caesar, offset by the quick, bright, frantic rhythms of the sparrows he is attempting to help. Read full book review >

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A COUNTRY OF OLD MEN by Joseph Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Dave's best outing in years; it's a shame Hansen's so emphatic about its being his last."
Aging gay insurance-investigator Dave Brandstetter comes out of retirement again over the protests of his longtime companion black newscaster Cecil Harris, to find the woman who kidnapped Zacha little boy who says he was grabbed after watching her commit a murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"A tender, humorous account of a couple's struggle to start a family."
Novelist Hansen (The Monsters of St. Helena, 2002, etc.) chronicles the journey he took with his wife through years of fertility treatments and adoption proceedings. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A list of 'More Women of Hope' is appended. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A gorgeous series of black-and-white photographic portraits that were part of a campaign to show people, especially young African-Americans, that "greatness looks like them" form the heart of this book. Read full book review >