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By Nina Epton. 1964
By Laura Cumming. 2019
In the fall of 1929, when Laura Cumming’s mother was three years old, she was kidnapped from a beach on… the Lincolnshire coast of England. There were no screams when she was taken, suggesting the culprit was someone familiar to her, and when she turned up again in a nearby village several days later, she was found in perfect health and happiness. No one was ever accused of a crime. The incident quickly faded from her memory, and her parents never discussed it. To the contrary, they deliberately hid it from her, and she did not learn of it for half a century. For many years, while raising her in draconian isolation and protectiveness, her parents also hid the fact that she’d been adopted, and that shortly after the kidnapping, her name was changed from Grace to Betty. Cumming unspools the tale of her mother’s life and unravels the multiple mysteries at its core. She investigates this case of stolen identity with the toolset of a detective and the unique intimacy of a daughter trying to understand her family’s past and its legacies. 2019.
By David Stabler. 2019
Every great artist started out as a kid. Forget the awards, the sold-out museum exhibitions, and the timeless masterpieces. When… the world's most celebrated artists were growing up, they had regular-kid problems just like you. Jackson Pollock's family moved constantly-he lived in eight different cities before he was sixteen years old. Georgia O'Keeffe lived in the shadow of her "perfect" older brother Francis. And Jean-Michel Basquiat triumphed over poverty to become one of the world's most influential artists. Kid Artists tells their stories and more. Other subjects include Claude Monet, Jacob Lawrence, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Beatrix Potter, Yoko Ono, Dr. Seuss, Emily Carr, Keith Haring, Charles Schulz, and Louise Nevelson
By Adam Platt. 2019
A wildly hilarious and irreverent memoir of a globe-trotting life lived meal-to-meal by one of our most influential and respected… food critics As the son of a diplomat growing up in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, Adam Platt didn't have the chance to become a picky eater. Living, traveling, and eating in some of the most far-flung locations around the world, he developed an eclectic palate and a nuanced understanding of cultures and cuisines that led to some revelations which would prove important in his future career as a food critic. In Tokyo, for instance-"a kind of paradise for nose-to-tail cooking"-he learned that "if you're interested in telling a story, a hair-raisingly bad meal is much better than a good one." From dim sum in Hong Kong to giant platters of Peking duck in Beijing, fresh-baked croissants in Paris and pierogi on the snowy streets of Moscow, Platt takes us around the world, re-tracing the steps of a unique, and lifelong, culinary education. Providing a glimpse into a life that has intertwined food and travel in exciting and unexpected ways, The Book of Eating is a delightful and sumptuous trip that is also the culinary coming-of-age of a voracious eater and his eventual ascension to become, as he puts it, "a professional glutton."
By Russell Freedman. 2005
In the 1930s, black singer Marian Anderson was not allowed to perform at Constitution Hall. But with help from Eleanor… Roosevelt, Anderson staged an amazing concert at the Lincoln Memorial and became an activist for civil rights. Junior High. 2005.
By Russell Freedman. 1998
Biography of a modern dance pioneer who died in 1991 at ninety-six. Details her career as dancer, choreographer, and teacher.… Also describes her personal life, including her relationship with older musician Louis Horst and her marriage to much younger dancer Erick Hawkins. Junior and Senior High. c1998.
By George Reiger. 1983
By Brian J Harvey. 2008
A biologist searches for a solution that will save many fish species from life-threatening dams. His adventures take him from… a fisheries patrol boat on the Fraser River to the great Tsukiji fish market in Japan, with stops in the Philippines, Thailand, and assorted South American countries. Portrays fishermen, fish farmers, and even fish cops in a new light, as well as scientists, shysters, and some very drunk, hairy Brazilian men in thongs. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2008.
By Al Purdy, Sam Solecki. 1995
A collection of essays, anecdotes, travel pieces, and criticism by Canadian poet Al Purdy. The pieces are divided into essays… on encountering the world through Canadian sensibilities, opinions on other writers like Charles Bukowski, Margaret Atwood, and Bliss Carman, and reviews of poets like bill bissett and Russian Anna Akhmatova. 1995.
By Peter Lourie. 2011
By Diane Stanley. 2000
A biography of the Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet known for his work on the Sistine Chapel and St.… Peter's Cathedral in Rome. Describes how his seventeen-foot-high marble statue of David established young Michelangelo's reputation as "the greatest sculptor in all of Italy." Grades 4-7. 2000.
By Christina Björk, Claude Monet. 1985
Young Linnea and her neighbour, Mr. Bloom, take a delightful trip to Paris to visit the home and garden of… the famous artist, Claude Monet, who received much of his inspiration from his garden. Grades 3-6. 1985. Uniform title: Linnea i målarens trädgård.
By Brigitte Labbé, Sonia Chaine. 2006
Une biographie qui permet au lecteur de comprendre l'évolution artistique de ce grand peintre à travers les événements importants de… sa vie. Picasso, qui, dès l'âge de dix ans, surprend son entourage par son sens aigu de l'observation et son talent pour le dessin. On le suit dans les meilleures écoles d'art espagnoles jusqu'à ce qu'il laisse tout tomber pour voyager de Barcelone à Paris, en quête de nouvelles façons de peindre. Années 3-6. 2006.
By Mary Lile Benham. 1977
Biography of an artist who travelled extensively in Canada, recording the grandeur of the land, and the interesting customs and… lifestyles of the Indians he met. Grades 5-8. c1977. (The Canadians)
By Glenna Lang, Marjory Wunsch. 2009
Jane Jacobs's book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" created a revolution in the early 1960's, affecting city… planning and architecture and the way we think about how life is lived in packed urban centers. This was an era when the urban renewal movement was at its most aggressive, and Jacobs correctly perceived that the new structures that were being built to replace the aging housing of our older cities were often far worse. Her ideas quickly took hold, and no one ever looked at what made for liveable and viable neighbourhoods the same way again. Grades 5-8. 2009.
By Rosemary Neering. 1975
With an introduction by Neil Gaiman! In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood's Changeling… and Marvel's Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret. For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been one of the most successful writers in Hollywood, one of the few to forge multiple careers in movies, television and comics. Yet there's one story he's never told before: his own. Joe's early life nearly defies belief. Raised by damaged adults-a con-man grandfather and a manipulative grandmother, a violent, drunken father and a mother who was repeatedly institutionalized-Joe grew up in abject poverty, living in slums and projects when not on the road, crisscrossing the country in his father's desperate attempts to escape the consequences of his past. To survive his abusive environment Joe found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose amazing powers allowed them to overcome any adversity. The deeper he read, the more he came to realize that he, too, had a superpower: the ability to tell stories and make everything come out the way he wanted it. But even as he found success, he could not escape a dark and shocking secret that hung over his family's past, a violent truth that he uncovered over the course of decades involving mass murder. Straczynski's personal history has always been shrouded in mystery. Becoming Superman lays bare the facts of his life: a story of creation and darkness, hope and success, a larger-than-life villain and a little boy who became the hero of his own life. It is also a compelling behind-the-scenes look at some of the most successful TV series and movies recognized around the world.
By Emily Carr, Ann-Lee Switzer. 2007
Carr began to write these stories in the last two years of her life. Enter Emily's world with stories like… "Father's Temper," "The First Snow" and "Smoking with the Cow," stories in which she reveals details of her family life, school days, her fascination with nature, animals she loved and how she learned to smoke. Some descriptions of sex and violence, some strong language. 2007.
By Jeanette Biondi. 2003
By J. W Mackail. 1995
William Morris was a poet, an artist, a manufacturer and a socialist whose works and ideas had a great effect… on Victorian art, design and industry. This biography was first published within a few years of his death and remains the primary biographical source on his life and work. 1995.