Search Results: "Margaret Visser"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WAY WE ARE by Margaret Visser
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Reminiscent of, but not as clever as, Roland Barthes's Mythologies."
Visser moves on from the culture of food (The Rituals of Dinner, 1991, etc.) to the ``anthropology'' of everyday life, with a series of little essays that originally appeared in the Canadian weekly Saturday Night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2001

"A mixed bag full of surprises—often erudite, sometimes entertaining."
Idiosyncratic exploration of the history—political and archaeological—as well as the theology, iconography, and folkways to be revealed by close scrutiny of a single church in Rome. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 19, 2009

"A book to be thankful for—sympathetic to human foible, deeply learned and a pleasure to read."
An anthropological and philosophical account of how and why we give thanks—or, at times, resist doing so. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1991

"And isn't it past the time when merely pointing out the status connotations of everyday practices, without pressing on to any stimulating insights, is considered perceptive wit?"
In Much Depends on Dinner (1987), Visser drew on domestic and natural history, cultural anthropology, and personal observation for a fluent, free-ranging, item-by-item discussion of the separate foods (chicken, salt, ice cream, etc.) assembled for a hypothetical simple company dinner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIMO AND THE MAGICAL PICTURE BOOK by Rian  Visser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2011

"Overall, Timo's interactive tale, like a colorful cupcake with just a smidge of icing, may lack appeal among the other, more fully frosted options available. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A 2004 Dutch picture book about a little boy whose birthday gift delivers surprises receives an interactive update for an international audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INKBLOT by Margaret Peot
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Equally cool for kids and parents, art classes or casual groups. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
This exciting road map through an underappreciated art form shows that "[a]nything is possible with inkblots." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 11, 1942

"She writes extremely well, making something which sounds abstract, theoretical, limited, of immediacy and interest to all."
A sharp, discerning and quite fascinating study of the character structure of America, what we are ourselves, what made us this way and what we have which will enable us to win the war and form the postwar world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHOSE SHOE? by Margaret Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Again, clear, bright photos and felicitous organization make this an excellent concept book for young children. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-7)"
In the same winning format as Whose Hat? (1988), nine varied shoes (clown, ballet, flipper, horseshoe, etc.) are shown in use by the appropriate adult (except the baby shoe!) and also by a child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Emma and her family celebrate Hanukkah in the usual manner- -polishing the menorah, lighting the lights, playing dreidel with cousins, and eating latkes and chocolate ``Hanukkah gelt.'' As Christmas nears, Emma and her family practice its customary rituals as well, picking the perfect tree—just right for Emma's favorite ornament—decorating it with friends while sharing an assortment of holiday cookies, and then lighting the lights again. Read full book review >

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WHERE DOES IT GO? by Margaret Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

``Where does Tavo put his socks? Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

IDOLS by Margaret Stohl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 8, 2014

"A fast, fun read for fans of the first. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Following Icons (2013), the Icon Children run for their lives while the mysteries behind the alien invaders unravel. Read full book review >