Search Results: "Rebecca Stefoff"


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REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Sept. 23, 1938

"Should be easy to sell — easy to rent."
A brilliant piece of writing, with the atmosphere and suspense and pace that made Jamaica Inn an absorbing and thrilling story — and it has besides a depth of characterization and soundness of psychological conflict that makes it a finer and more penetrating book. Read full book review >

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RAUL JULIA by Rebecca Stefoff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Index; brief chronology; selected filmography; reading list; b&w publicity photos. (Biography. 11-15)"
An appreciation of this versatile Puerto Rican actor, who has appeared in a great variety of plays, films, and television shows; in tragedies, political thillers, romantic comedies—and whatever genre The Addams Family falls into. Read full book review >

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CHINA by Rebecca Stefoff
NONFICTION
Released: May 24, 1991

"Chronology; map; pronunciation guide; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
An addition to the ``People and Places of the World'' series acquaints youngsters with the varied people of this vast land. Read full book review >

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TECUMSEH AND THE SHAWNEE CONFEDERATION by Rebecca Stefoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

This latest entry in the Library of American Indian History series chronicles the life of the courageous Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, a gifted, charismatic, and ``brilliant, spellbinding orator'' who attempted to unite the Native Americans into an intertribal confederacy and an independent nation against newcomers. Read full book review >

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FINDING THE LOST CITIES by Rebecca Stefoff
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Profusely illustrated with full-color and black-and-white photographs. (chronology, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Stefoff (Charles Darwin, 1996, etc.) blows the dust off 13 of archaeology's greatest triumphs, and the careers of the scientists and adventurers who forged them during the field's ``heroic age'' (from Napoleon's 1798 Egyptian expedition to Howard Carter's first glimpse of Tutankhamen's treasure in 1922) and beyond. Read full book review >

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MARCO POLO AND THE MEDIEVAL EXPLORERS by Rebecca Stefoff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 6, 1991

"Map; bibliography; chronology; index. (Nonfiction. 14+)"
The author of more than 40 nonfiction books for young adults focuses on the busy period of political and commercial interchange between Asia and Europe from 1245 to 1433 A.D. Beginning with Marco Polo's famous meeting with Kublai Khan, Stefoff summarizes the growth of the Mongolian Empire and the increasing contact with Europe that began in the fourth century B.C. The oft-told but still fascinating story of the Polos is followed by a final chapter—set in the period just before the Columbus era—about two lesser-known explorers, Ibn Battuta of Morocco and Cheng Ho of China. Read full book review >

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GLORIA ESTEFAN by Rebecca Stefoff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 14, 1991

"Discography; chronology; further reading; index. (Biography. 12+)"
In the ``Hispanics of Achievement'' series, a biography of the popular Cuban-American singer. Read full book review >

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EXTINCTION by Rebecca Stefoff
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Many useful b&w photos of varying quality plus an eight-page color section; international list of conservation organizations and US government agencies; bibliography; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
In a well-organized overview of a vital subject, Stefoff surveys extinctions since the earth began, especially discussing theories about the several periods of ``mass extinctions,'' then going on to show how man-caused extinctions differ in both causes and effects from earlier cataclysms, covering the pressures exerted on environments and preservation efforts. Read full book review >

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FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE by Rebecca Stefoff
Released: March 22, 1989

A look at two aspects of intimacy, both over the centuries and over the span of an individual lifetime. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

Stefoff told part of Darwin's story in Scientific Explorers (1992); here she expands a chapter into a lucid, lively, systematic account of his two great journeys—one physical, one intellectual—and the modern course of the controversy he sparked. Read full book review >

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HERMAN MELVILLE by Rebecca Stefoff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1994

"Illustrated with period reproductions; bibliography; index. (Biography. YA)"
In a lucid account of Melville's ``sad, although not quite tragic'' life, the author of many fine biographies explores his sources of inspiration and analyzes his major themes, his sophisticated use of symbolism and other literary devices, and why his books eluded wide readership until the 20th century. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: July 15, 1993

"A fine contribution on an important topic. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Authoritative, balanced, concise, insightful, witty—even readers who are usually bored by history will be drawn into this lively account of the formation of modern Mexico. Read full book review >