Tag: biography

It’s a Small, Colorful World After All: The Life of Disney Artist Mary Blair

It’s a Small, Colorful World After All: The Life of Disney Artist Mary Blair

Cindy: It seems we have a penchant here at Bookends for featuring books that celebrate color, especially when they mention fabulous names color names. Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourvilee is one such delight (and one of those biographical nonfiction picture books with […]

A Glen Campbell Reader

A Glen Campbell Reader

Glen Campbell died yesterday at the age of 81 from Alzheimer’s, leaving behind an enduring legacy of songs, films, and—you guessed it—books. Below, six titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, that shed light on the entertainer’s long and bumpy life.   The Cake and the Rain, by Jimmy Webb Campbell and Webb maintained a […]

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EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

Lynn: I need to start this post about Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism (2017) with a disclaimer: Cindy and I had the privilege of watching part of this book’s creation. Marc Aronson shared some of his early ideas with us when we all spoke at a conference […]

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The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

Robert Hofler begins Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts with a quote from his subject’s sister-in-law, Joan Didion: “Writers are always selling somebody out.” Hofler’s book, a smart, rangy portrait of an inordinately complicated man, begins with Dunne’s boyhood, made painful by his striving father’s scorn for his son’s effeminacy, details […]

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Essential Reading: Eleanor Roosevelt

Essential Reading: Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s not often that I finish writing a nonfiction book and want to read more about the subject. But I’ve just sent off the completed manuscript of my book about Eleanor Roosevelt to my editor at Abrams Books for Young Readers, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to the former First Lady quite yet. […]

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Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

Ladies Who Worked the Crown and Owned the Throne

The popularity of The Crown and Victoria has revived interest in some of the women who shaped our modern world while managing their own personal dramas behind palace doors. What better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate the lives of some of history’s most compelling leaders with these recommended books?    Catherine the Great, by […]

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150 Memoirs and Biographies of Women, by Women

150 Memoirs and Biographies of Women, by Women

I did this last year, but it feels like the day to do it again: 1 Like = 1 biography of a woman’s life written by a woman for u to read — #rachelsyme (@rachsyme) March 8, 2017 International Women’s Day was on Tuesday. To celebrate, the writer Rachel Syme did something amazing: in the […]

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UNDEFEATED: The Jim Thorpe Story for Teens

UNDEFEATED: The Jim Thorpe Story for Teens

Cindy: It’s March. Madness time. And I’m a basketball fan. But here I am writing about football. It’s all Steve Sheinkin’s fault. His new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, made me forget about college basketball for a few days. The book launches with a three-page “Tryout” that will have […]

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Floyd Cooper and Two Picture Books that Chronicle the Road from Slavery to Freedom

Floyd Cooper and Two Picture Books that Chronicle the Road from Slavery to Freedom

Lynn: Recently, a certain high-level public official seemed to be somewhat uncertain when talking about Frederick Douglass. In the interest of fairness, I should note that, sadly, there are many people who might be hard-pressed to talk about Douglass’s achievements. Lucky for us, helping our students be better-informed about this pivotal figure has been made easier by […]

Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Cindy: True confession: I’m not a Trekker. But everybody knows Spock, even those who’ve never watched the Star Trek television series. I was familiar with Spock’s signature Vulcan salute, but I didn’t know that Leonard Nimoy created it when he rejected the idea, during filming, of using a traditional handshake. The shape originates from Jewish […]