"Collects together four remarkable novels from the early days of Surrealism -- the 1920's, when the group was experimenting with 'automatic writing' and other methods of 'forcing inspiration.'"
-- from the back cover
A well-crafted spiral-bound volume containing sections like "Books to Read," "Favorite Books/Passages," "Books Borrowed/Lent," and a double pocket in back (for bookmarks?). Useful for book lovers who enjoy recording these things the old-fashioned way: on paper!
If you took Caddie Woodlawn in her teen years and dropped her into the middle ages, you might end up with something like this book. Cushman captures adolescence well, but Birdy seems more like a modern American than a medieval Brit. Still, a fun read.
It's more than forty years since Jansson's Moomintrolls first appeared. I found the writing and invention as appealing as ever. She has a thistledown touch. - Michelle Landsberg, The Washington Post Book World
The adventures of the easygoing Moomintrolls have all the crispness and tart surprise of a lingonberry, thanks to Jansson's ineffably light touch, her uncanny sensitivity to universal childhood emotions, and her gift for terse, naturalistic dialogue. - Entertainment Weekly
Textbook/reference on usage, style (MLA/ACW/CMS/APA), and research strategies, including electronic sources. The layout (page design) is hideous, but this book contains tons of useful info for students and anyone else interested in formal writing.
"It is spring in the valley of the Moomins, and Moomintroll and his friends, Snufkin and Sniff, are out for a walk. They find the Hobgoblin's top hat, all shiny and new and just waiting to be taken home, and soon realize that this is no ordinary hat. When it's used as a wastepaper basket, eggshells turn into soft little clouds everybody can ride. And when Moomintroll wears the hat, he turns into the King of California! But a few strange happenings never stop the Moomin family and their friends from seeking new adventures -- like exploring the Hattifattener's Island or catching the Mameluke. It isn't until the black hat produces a jungle of vines and flowers which grows inside the Moomin household that everyone wonders if perhaps magic is more trouble than it's worth.
Enhanced with Tove Jansson's simple, sprightly drawings, Finn Family Moomintroll has been a favorite with audiences around the world since it was first published more than forty years ago." [jacket copy]
Hagedorn provides a fascinating glimpse life as the son of wealthy German immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Though his childhood was happy and privileged, tensions between the old life and the new were ever present, and eventually tore the family in two with the onset of World War I. I particularly recommend this book to readers who, like me, have Germans in their family tree; I found it had a lot to teach me about my ancestry.
The bestselling novels of Ursula K. Le Guin have captured the spirit of a generation that shares her belief that "those who refuse to listen to dragons are probably doomed to live their lives acting out the nightmares of politicians." In THE LANGUAGE OF THE NIGHT, her first book-length collection of essays and criticism, Le Guin analyzes her craft and shares her vision in what The Washington Post has called "the most attractive introduction to science fiction yet to appear." [blurb inside cover]
Many people have loved this book. Perhaps you will love this book.
I did not love this book. It was vague and needlessly wordy; its characters let their strange fates wash over them like waves; all was predestined, there was no choice, no struggle, no definition. No one could ever come out and say what they meant. It had some interesting concepts about fairies and the supernatural, ideas I'd like to see some bolder author wrestle with, but that's the best I can say for it. I read the whole thing - I'm stubborn that way - but even the denouement was indistinct and dizzy and unsatisfying.