First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents by Bonnie Angelo, (HarperCollins imprint William Morrow), released on this day over a decade ago. A similarly titled book, First Mothers by Beverly Gherman (Author), Julie Downing (Illustrator), released in September with another target audience: kids ages 6 – 9 (Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Like in, Angelo’s historical accuracy shines, though this one is jam-packed with fun facts and stories bound to capture youngsters’ imaginations as they search through the pictorial guide.
And speaking of older publications, Silent House by Orhan Pamuk, (Random House Academic Resources, October 9, 2012), is finally published in English, translated by the extraordinary Robert Finn (author, Words without Borders member, ambassador, scholar, and reader in ten languages). Originally debuted in 1983, Silent House presents five narrative accounts of the summer before the Turkish military’s 1980 coup. This work, like Pamuk’s others, hails as fresh and original contemporary fiction: My Name Is Red won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2003. Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, as well as the 2012 Sonning Prize, Denmark’s largest cultural award (DKK 1 million).
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