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Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Some of you who were here last year already know my deep love of Claire Nivola’s work. This year, instead of personal memoir, Nivola returns to nonfiction, a biography of oceanographer Silvia Earle. I heard an NPR interview with Earle the very day I received a copy of this fascinating book. Let’s take a swim […]

Five questions for Claire A. Nivola

An earlier picture book by Claire A. Nivola, Elisabeth, told about the true experience of her mother, Ruth, a Jewish child whose family fled Nazi Germany. In Orani: My Father’s Village, author-illustrator Nivola takes readers along on a remembrance of her childhood visits to the small Sardinian town where her father was born. 1. Tomie […]

Orani: My Father’s Village

It’s time to look at a quiet book, the kind of book that kind of sneaks up on you. In some ways, it’s the opposite of graphically stunning Where’s Walrus? that Lolly just presented. A tale of reverse migration, Claire Nivola’s story recounts her frequent trips to her father’s village in Sardinia from the States. […]