Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange

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Puffin Books, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 122 pages
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Dorothea Lange's desperate and beautiful photographs of migrant workers during the Great Depression and her heartbreaking images of Japanese Americans interned during World War II put human faces on some of the darkest episodes in America's history. But this free spirit from Hoboken, New Jersey, never forgot that she chose to work as a photographer at a time when family was supposed to come first for a woman. Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange is an intimate portrait of a woman who struggled to balance her passion for her career and her love for her family, all the while producing some of the most celebrated, powerful photographic works in America's history.

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Review: Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange

User Review  - Crystal - Goodreads

I really enjoyed getting to know the woman behind the camera. This would be a great companion to many historical fiction books - dust bowl, Japanese internment, migrant workers, or photography. Loved the inclusion of so many photos. Read full review

Review: Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange

User Review  - Tracy Canuck - Goodreads

This was a light read about a photographer I knew nothing about. I found that the narrative jumped around a tad here and there so that you wondered how all of a sudden they were talking about this ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

I grew up in a large, eccentric family in the San Francisco Bay Area. My grandmother was photographer Imogen Cunningham, and my grandfather, Roi Partridge, was an etcher. There were five kids in my family, and we lived in an enormous house full of dogs and cats, chameleons, fish, tortoises, and even a pet tarantula.

My father, Roi Partridge, grew up loving photography and helping his mother, Imo, in the darkroom. When he was just seventeen she sent him to apprentice with her friend, photographer Dorothea Lange. Over the next few years he was gradually drawn into Dorothea's family. When he married and my parents had kids, we were included in the diverse bunch of children, step-children and grandchildren that made up Dorothea's family. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Fourth of July were all made magical by Dorothea's extraordinary celebrations and rituals.

In 1974, I was the first student to graduate with a degree in Women's Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. A year later I went to Great Britain to study Chinese medicine, earning a Licentiate of Acupuncture in 1978 and returning to the Bay Area to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine.

In the early nineties I began writing books as well as practicing medicine. I love the wide array of genres within the field of children's books, and especially enjoy writing biographies, historical fiction, and picture books.

My first book, Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life (Smithsonian, 1993) was followed by a middle grade novel, Clara and the Hoodoo Man (Dutton, 1996), and Restless Spirit: the Life and Work of Dorothea Lange (Viking, Fall 1998), a photo biography for young adults. Pig's Eggs came out last year (Golden Books, Spring 2000). Oranges on Golden Mountain has just been released (Dutton, Spring 2001), and will soon be followed by an easy reader, Annie and Bo (Spring 2002) and my biography on Woody Guthrie (Viking, Spring 2002).

I still live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and two sons, practicing Chinese medicine and writing books."

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