Search Results: "Laura Shapiro"


BOOK REVIEW

JULIA CHILD by Laura Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2007

"Shapiro has, in a brief book, made her subject truly come alive."
Shapiro (Something from the Oven, 2004) offers a vivid biography of the 20th century's leading gourmand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2001

"Dyspeptic.'"
Another in Gourmet editor Reichl's new Food series of reprints (see Charpentier, above), this time a somewhat academic study chronicling the standardization of American cuisine at the turn of the century: a movement, based on supposedly scientific principles, that resulted in simply bland food. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"Entertaining and well researched, but disjointed. Despite common themes, the parts don't cohere into a consistent whole."
Following Perfection Salad (2001), a report on how science, industry, and media changed the American kitchen and women's roles in the first part of the 20th century, Shapiro explores aspects of the same phenomenon in subsequent decades. Read full book review >

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WHAT SHE ATE by Laura Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A unique and delectable work that sheds new light on the lives of women, food, and men."
A culinary biographer serves up an eye-opening meal. 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

MAYA ANGELOU by Miles Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Oddly abbreviated chronology; further reading (mostly Angelou's books); index. (Biography. 11+)"
Closely following events the poet has described in her several autobiographical volumes (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1970, etc.), this entry in the Black Americans of Achievement series focuses on her youth and, with somewhat less detail, her early adulthood—the extraordinary range of successful careers, as cook, dancer, madam, singer, actress, poet, administrator, journalist, and professor, for none of which she trained formally (again and again, she landed a job in an untried field and carried it off with panache). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2009

"A well-crafted story that will appeal most strongly to baseball aficionados."
Parallel tales of two of baseball's greatest lions in the winters of their careers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY WIFE THE METAPHYSICIAN, OR LADY MURASAKI'S REVENGE by Michael Shapiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"A multilayered love story, cloaked in a demanding writing style that masks the true nature of the plot."
A stylistically intense series of vignettes chronicle the life, love and matchless intellect of a woman who is an expert on medieval courtly literature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAMING THE TELOMERES by R.N. Shapiro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A quiet thriller—a little too quiet at times—that ignites in the final act."
In Shapiro's debut thriller, a teenager miraculously survives a suspicious plane crash. Read full book review >

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THE DANGEROUS HUSBAND by Jane Shapiro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Such goings-on have rarely been so outrageously, horribly funny and yet so eerily familiar: this is writing at its most nuanced and exquisite. (Author tour)"
Trading the Jersey suburbs of her acclaimed debut, After Moondog (1992), for the brownstones of Brooklyn, Shapiro outdoes herself to pull off an absorbing black comedy again featuring an excruciatingly muddled marriage. Read full book review >

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OOKO by Esmé Shapiro
by Esmé Shapiro, illustrated by Esmé Shapiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Playful, joyous, and hip. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ooko, a fox looking for a friend, finds one—and also makes some self-discoveries along the way. Read full book review >