Search Results: "Whitney Otto"


BOOK REVIEW

OTTO by Tomi Ungerer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Subtle changes of facial expression in Ungerer's watercolor art give the bear—stained, battered and with a clumsily repaired bullet hole—plenty of character, and there's nary a trace of sentimentality in the matter-of-fact narrative. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The first broad release of a title originally published regionally and overseas in 1999, this simply told, deeply affecting tale follows a teddy's passage from hand to hand through war and other troubles. Read full book review >

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THE PASSION DREAM BOOK by Whitney Otto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 1997

"Better as a grand tour than as a celebration of art and love. ($75,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Otto (Now You See Her, 1994, etc.) follows a pair of lovers as they migrate through several of the 20th-century's most exotic artistic movements. Read full book review >

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EIGHT GIRLS TAKING PICTURES by Whitney Otto
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Although overly schematic, Otto makes these eight women and the differing lenses through which they view the 20th century hard to forget."
Otto (A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity, 2002, etc.) combines a paean to the art form with an argument for women's rights in these interlocking stories of eight fictional woman photographers, clearly inspired by actual photographers, over the course of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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A COLLECTION OF BEAUTIES AT THE HEIGHT OF THEIR POPULARITY by Whitney Otto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2002

"Beautifully conceived and executed: a small gem."
As elaborate as origami, this elegant fourth from Otto (The Passion Dream Book, 1997, etc.) follows the lives of San Franciscans in search of love and pleasure. Read full book review >

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NOW YOU SEE HER by Whitney Otto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Otto's first novel, a bestseller, was titled How to Make An American Quilt (1991), but this is the book that, despite, some wonderful writing, reads like patchwork."
In Otto's engaging but strangely disjointed second novel, a woman takes stock of her life as she approaches her fortieth birthday and discovers that she's, literally, not all there. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Fans of the Houston ladies will laugh, cry and beg for more. The rest of us will shrug and move on."
A talented, flawed artist, seen through the eyes of a loving, forgiving mother. Read full book review >

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DEAR OTTO by Christopher Brookhouse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A slow-motion rondelet whose personal chat is as faithfully boring and exasperating, and whose incidents are served up as parsimoniously, as at a real writers' conference."
A few portentous weeks at an oh-so-intimate writers' workshop whose epigones circle around a never-been writer/editor/teacher to distressingly little effect. Read full book review >

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OTTO RUNS FOR PRESIDENT by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Place this timely outing next to Mark Teague's LaRue For Mayor (2008) and Doreen Cronin's arch Duck For President (2004), illustrated by Betsy Lewin. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A dark-horse candidate faces two big political machines in this election campaign at the all-canine Barkadelphia School. Read full book review >

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BOB AND OTTO by Robert O. Bruel
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Illustrated and published posthumously by Robert's son, Nick, this is a charming tribute to friendship and the stories all parents tell their children. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Bruels explore the transformative power of friendship in this clever tale of a worm and a caterpillar. Read full book review >

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GIDEON & OTTO by Olivier Dunrea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"A lovely and comforting addition to a charming series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Gideon the gosling loves toy Otto; Gideon loses Otto; Gideon finds Otto. Joy, oh joy. Read full book review >

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UNCLE OTTO by Winifred Cook
Released: Aug. 22, 2007

"A semifictional account that presents historical truths."
Cook offers readers a complex saga detailing a generation's worth of stories about an African-American family who hopes to better their situation by moving from the rural South to a northern city. Read full book review >