Search Results: "Norma Farber"


BOOK REVIEW

NORMA by Sofi Oksanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2017

"In spite of promising material, the question of who will emerge victorious loses its urgency along the way, and the ending, though surprising, fails to satisfy."
Award-winning Finnish-Estonian novelist Oksanen (When the Doves Disappeared, 2015, etc.) tackles the global exploitation of women and the entwined secrets of two families in this story of a woman with magical hair. Read full book review >

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WHEN IT SNOWED THAT NIGHT by Norma Farber
POETRY
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Lovely. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
Forget the legions of contrived tales about this animal or that making its way to the Manger; the late Farber (d. 1984), in an imaginative cycle of poems—whimsical, lyrical, and wise- -introduces a dozen creatures, follows their intersecting journeys, celebrates (in the title poem) the moment when they all help keep the melting snow from the Baby (``Cricket clung fast to a ceiling-hole,/Dove plugged a gap with his beak...Giraffe held his head against a crack...and the Three Grand Kings/raised a parasol...'') and, for balance, embellishes the story with three Queens who ``came late, but not too late,'' bringing ``a homespun gown of blue,/and chicken soup'' before hurrying home to their own children and chores. Read full book review >

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WITHOUT WINGS, MOTHER, HOW CAN I FLY? by Norma Farber
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Narahashi's soft watercolor washes make the pictures as compact as the text, while the jacket painting, of the mother's skirt twirling as she spins the child around off his feet, sets the tone and invites readers into the pages. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Farber's comforting question-and-answer session between a boy and his mother forms the basis for Narahashi's exuberant scenes of sharing. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LONGED FOR A LIFT by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 1997

"A pleasant journey, with repetitive, not singsong, narration. (Picture book. 5-7)"
`` `Who'll offer me a ride?/Who'll carry me far and wide?' '' A lad sets out, hoping for a lift, but after misadventures with a giant trout, a gull, and other creatures, decides that his own two feet are best. Read full book review >

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I SWIM AN OCEAN IN MY SLEEP by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"There are nice moments in the text as well, but sometimes the perceptions of the author intrude, resulting in a narrative that wavers between the child's point of view and a more sophisticated perspective. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Farber (When It Snowed That Night, 1993, etc.) begins her sleeptime fantasy quietly: ``Night is dark,/Night is deep,/I swim an ocean in my sleep.'' In Savadier's whimsical ink and gouache illustrations, a small boy in red-striped pajamas swims through an imaginative underwater world. Read full book review >

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RETURN OF THE SHADOWS by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

The fine poet and picture-book author (d. 1984) left this intriguing tale of shadows abandoning their owners to experiment with incongruities: camel with iceberg, skyscraper with jungle tree, bike with plane. Read full book review >

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THE NORMA GENE by M.E. Roufa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A novel with a madcap premise and appealing characters that does not quite fulfill its comedic promise."
Roufa's debut novel follows the misadventures of a clone of Abraham Lincoln and a clone of Marilyn Monroe as they attempt to evade government agents and figure out what it means to claim their own identities. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Those who believe language is a delight as well as a necessity will happily while away the hours meandering through these pages. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Safire charms yet again with his lively interest in our language. ``Norma Loquendi,'' that fickle lass whose name the author translates as ``the everyday voice of the native speaker,'' is the title character of this eighth book to come from Safire's ``On Language'' column in the New York Times Magazine (Quoth the Maven, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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DRIVING MISS NORMA by Tim Bauerschmidt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uplifting and life-affirming memoir."
A traveler/retiree's account of the lessons he learned about living well from touring the country with his dying nonagenarian mother. Read full book review >

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Released: July 12, 2012

"Fans will appreciate this modest look at how a star is born, raised and nurtured before she goes supernova and, eventually, collapses."
Glaeg's first biography follows Norma Jeane Dougherty from humble beginnings to her transformation into the glamorous Marilyn Monroe. Read full book review >

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THE FACE OF THE DEEP by Thomas Farber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

Farber (On Water, not reviewed), a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, is a lithe, spare stylist who deploys his language as "art, shield, music, weapon." Read full book review >

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POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD GIRL by Kirk Farber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"A witty, tormented hero surrounded by fascinating, compassionate supporting characters makes this slender debut a surprisingly compulsive read."
High-strung young man grappling with grief and possibly supernatural incidents tries to pull himself together in Farber's quirky psychological potboiler. Read full book review >