Search Results: "Nancy Marie Brown"


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THE SAGA OF GUDRID THE FAR-TRAVELER by Nancy Marie Brown
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 15, 2015

"Well-written, thoroughly researched and adventure-filled, this story of a determined and very human young woman is timeless. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A story inspired by medieval Icelandic sagas tells the life of Gudrid, a Viking woman who lived 1,000 years ago and whose life Brown told for adults in The Far Traveler (2007). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Despite the scattered feel, Brown's undertaking is an important one. It's the first English-language book published on Snorri in 30 years, and for that reason alone, it will make useful reading for ardent students and dedicated armchair historians."
Brown (The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages, 2010, etc.) reexamines the life and work of Snorri Sturluson, the 13th-century Icelandic chieftain known as the "Homer of the North." Read full book review >

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THE FAR TRAVELER by Nancy Marie Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A nimble synthesis of the literary and the scientific that will charm even readers who didn't know they were interested."
The voyages of Icelandic saga heroine Gudrid, said to have accompanied Leif Eirikson on his journey to Vinland. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Well-written and scholarly without being pedantic—an enlightening history of the broad influence the Vikings exerted in a very short period."
The investigation into the origins of the 92 ivory chessmen discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the early 1800s provides a good avenue for Brown (Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths, 2012, etc.) to explore the rich tapestry of Icelandic and Viking history.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"The years around 1000 CE seem to be every medieval historian's favorite era, but Brown's welcome addition to the genre provides a lively, eye-opening portrait of a sophisticated Europe whose intellectual leaders showed genuine interest in learning."
A thoroughly engrossing account of the Dark Ages and one of its Popes, both far less dark than popular histories teach. Read full book review >

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NANCY MACLEAN
by Jody Seaborn

It seems inevitable the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” will pop into your head while reading Duke University historian Nancy MacLean’s disquieting Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. After all, the phrase made famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s popped into MacLean’s head a few times while she researched and wrote her ...


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LOVE IS IN THE AIR - #RITAGH
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s an exciting week in the romance world! On Tuesday, RWA announced the finalists in the RITA and Golden Heart contests. (You can find the full list here.)

For those of you who may not know, the Golden Heart is Romance Writers of America’s contest for unpublished authors.

Some of my favorite authors and friends of Read-A-Romance made the RITA ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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IN FULL FLIGHT WITH GREG PIZZOLI
by Julie Danielson

The start of a new year is always exciting for readers. We envision brand-spankin’-new books from our favorite authors and new artwork from illustrators whose work we love to see. Look past our shoulders and you’ll see crossed fingers that our favorite writers and artists have something in store for us.

Most surprising of all is when we get ...


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MAKING MISCHIEF
by Julie Danielson

One of my favorite pieces of writing in children’s literature, which began life as a lecture at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, is Patricia Lee Gauch’s “The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief,” which can be read here at the Horn Book’s site. Gauch starts out by paying loving tribute to children as mischief-makers—“Someone who ...


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A good choice for school or home use and an appealing introduction to the world of color. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Striking photographs from around the world bring color alive in this vivid introduction to the spectrum. Read full book review >

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EASY DOES IT
by Julie Danielson

If you are a parent, teacher, or librarian looking for some new illustrated beginning chapter books—as in, the kind most often referred to as easy readers, those for students just getting the hang of reading and ready for stories divided into chapters—today I’m rounding up a small handful of new ones that I think will entertain children. Each has something ...


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