Synopses & Reviews
The celebrated author of Black Ice
and The Price of a Child
, is back to dazzle us with a compelling, unforgettable narrative about love, honor, and the hard choices we make to survive.
A mother who abandoned her son as a child is faced with the prospect of meeting him again as an adult. A young woman hopes her boyfriend will finally commit to her and her son so they can start truly building a life together. A young man goes in search of his parentage and the answers that have plagued him all his life. An African-American family is visited by sorrow and grace. A past that haunts them all.
These are the elements of Lorene Cary’s new novel, If Sons, Then Heirs, an unsparing and triumphant look at ordinary people whose intertwined lives are part of the country’s racial destiny.
"This competent introduction to Greek mythology, adapted from Freeman's recent adult title Oh My Gods, begins with a description of Creation, followed by sections on major and minor deities, heroes, lovers, and such stories as the fall of Troy and the founding of Rome, among other popular tales. A great deal of space is devoted to Zeus's love affairs and, more often, rapes. Other gods generally receive a page or two, although some who are naturals for a young audience like Ares and Athena are given little space. The heroes' tales receive significantly more attention, though they are mostly told in a pedestrian third-person style that fails to convey much excitement. As part of one of Hercules's labors, for example, Freeman writes that he 'found the bull and wrestled it to the ground. Then he borrowed a trick that his father, Zeus, had used with Europa. He rode the bull across the sea and back to the mainland.' Adequate as an overview, but there are stronger choices available, particularly Donna Jo Napoli's 2011 Treasury of Greek Mythology. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 12. Agent: Joelle Delbourgo, Joelle Delbourgo Associates. (May)Ã¢Â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A lively, contemporary retelling of the irresistible stories of philandering gods, flawed heroes, and tragic lovers in whom we see ourselves all too clearly, from the great Greek and Roman myths that have inspired writers, artists, and musicians for more than two thousand years.
A worldwide bestseller when first published in 1970, this frank, irreverent, and hilarious memoir by advertising legend Jerry Della Femina is a one-of-a-kind cult classic.
Vividly reminiscent of the goings-on at Mad Men ’s Sterling Cooper—the late nights, the three-martini lunches, the sex on couches, and, of course, the actual work of plugging products—this is the story of what Madison Avenue was really like in the 1960s.
andlt;b andgt;Fast-paced and action-packed retellings of the most important Greek and Roman myths.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Ancient myths continue to have modern relevanceand#8212;for thousands of years they have been the basis for plays, operas, paintings, and movies. And in these retellings from acclaimed writer and scholar Philip Freeman, classic tales from Greek and Roman mythology find new life and inspire aspiring writers, artists, and musicians. Adapted from the lengthier andlt;i andgt;Oh My Gods andlt;/iandgt;and specially tailored to a younger audience, these irresistible stories of philandering gods, flawed heroes, and tragic lovers portray the fundamental aspects of humanity and are filled with entertaining drama and valuable insights.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Philip Freemanandlt;/bandgt; is Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He was selected as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for January 2012. He earned the first joint Ph.D. in classics and Celtic studies from Harvard University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, the American Academy in Rome, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.andnbsp;The author of several previous books including andlt;iandgt;Alexander the Great,andlt;/iandgt;andnbsp;andlt;iandgt;St. Patrick of Ireland andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Julius Caesar, andlt;/iandgt;he lives with his family in Decorah, Iowa. Visit him at PhilipFreemanBooks.com.andlt;Bandgt;Laurie Calkhoven andlt;/Bandgt;is the author of many books, including andlt;iandgt;George Washington: An American Lifeandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Harriet Tubman: Leading the Way to Freedomandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in New York City. Visit her at LaurieCalkhoven.com.Drew Willis is an art director and illustrator working in New York City. Visit him at DrewWillis.com.