Search Results: "Patricia Fara"


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NEWTON by Patricia Fara
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Nothing seems beyond Fara's grasp in her scholarly examination of apples and alchemy, physics and fame, public relations and reputation. (41 illustrations)"
Fascinating if sometimes dense study describing how Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) came to be regarded as the world's first scientific genius. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE by Patricia Fara
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Less of the warts-and-all style and more straightforward reporting would have made this account more palatable."
Fara (History and Philosophy of Science/Univ. of Cambridge; Scientists Anonymous: Great Stories of Women in Science, 2007, etc.) aims to correct the romantic notion that science reflects the progress of noble heroes and selfless discoverers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2005

"A noble effort to change the record and the culture . . . but plus ça change…."
Fara's take on the role of women in science is beautifully and fortuitously timed given the recent gender-brain-difference conjectures of Harvard's president. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA BOSWORTH
by Gerald Bartell

In a series of successful biographies, Patricia Bosworth trained the spotlight on four major American artists: Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, Diane Arbus, and Jane Fonda. Now, in The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan, Bosworth takes center stage.

The memoir follows her life and career from the 50s through the early 60s as ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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PLAYTIME WITH MCKISSACK
by Julie Danielson

Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack (born in middle Tennessee, I proudly add) has had a long and distinguished career in the field of children’s literature. Not one to rest on her laurels—I believe she will turn 73 this year—she’s bringing readers this month a superb new book, a volume that I’ve no doubt we’ll judge later as one of the ...


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MINING MEMORIES WITH PATRICIA MACLACHLAN
by Julie Danielson

At nearly 80 years old, very little slows down Patricia MacLachlan. The author, best known for her Newbery Medal-winning novel Sarah, Plain and Tall, is busy gathering memories to tell her fans even more stories – in the form of both picture books and novels for child readers.

In her newest picture book, Someone Like Me, MacLachlan looks back to ...


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PATRICIA C. MCKISSACK
by Jessie Grearson

Have you ever wondered who wrote “Amazing Grace” or thought about the haunting story behind the hymn “I’ll Fly Away”? Ever skipped rope to “Hot Pepper” or counted “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo”? Then Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood is for you. Award-winning author Patricia ...


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AN A FROM MISS KELLER by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Equally sound as inspiration and writing advice, this tale fits neatly in Polacco's oeuvre. (Picture book. 6-12)"
There are now a half-dozen stories by Polacco about teachers who made a difference for her as she grew up. This one is about "Killer Keller," who never gave an A to anyone and whose students did not always last out the semester. Read full book review >

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ALFIE IS NOT AFRAID by Patricia Carlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2012

"Consider Tom Birdseye and Ethan Long's Oh, Yeah! (2003) for backyard-camping fun instead. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A clichéd story accompanied by less-than-engaging illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE LEMONADE CLUB by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Her signature expressive illustrations of children and adults' sadness, relief and gladness rendered in pencils and markers complete this sentimental yet poignant story that will surely trigger a few tears for some and empathetic understanding for all. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Very best friends Traci and Marilyn are in Miss Wichelman's warm, friendly and inspiring fifth-grade classroom led by an encouraging teacher whose daily motto is to make lemonade out of life's sour lemons. Read full book review >

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ROTTEN RICHIE AND THE ULTIMATE DARE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"A terrific tale to share. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this absolutely delightful follow-up to Polacco's My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (1994), younger sister Trisha opens by detailing Richie's total state of disgustingness. Read full book review >