Nora Charles (The Thin Man) Nora is the protagonist of Dashiell Hammett’s sophisticated 1934 novel, The Thin Man, and she is indelibly entwined with the image of the incomparable Myrna Loy, who portrayed her in the movies of the thirties and forties. No “doll-wife” she – she is witty, urbane and beautiful and goes toe to toe with her adoring husband, Nick, on any and all issues imaginable. Seemingly able to eschew housework and cooking entirely (oh, where are those devoted servants of yesteryear?!), Nora spends all her time sleuthing in fashionable outfits, usually with a drink in one hand and her dog Asta’s leash in the other. At some point in the series she becomes a mother, but this puts nary a wrinkle in her finely tuned activities. She simply hands the boy over to Nick, who promptly tutors him in the fine art of racetrack betting.
Nora Helmer (A Doll’s House) Nora is the protagonist of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House, and she is one of the most important female characters ever created. She embodies the personification of the 19th century woman of a certain class, a woman who adopted first her father’s views, and then her husband’s, as her own. A woman who is more plaything than mate, whose sole preoccupations must be with housekeeping and childrearing. Hmmm…perhaps she did not only exist in the 19th century, but also in the twentieth, and dare we suggest, into the twenty-first? As the plot unfolds, Nora comes to realize her true worth to her husband, and the only solution available to her is to leave him to find herself. (That she leaves her children as well has always been a problematic issue with this play.) She signaled a new path for women for decades to come, exhibiting a courage that was hard won, and providing inspiration for generations to come.
Nora - a song by Blessid Union of Souls
Nora - a song by Richard Shindell
Nora Marie - a song by Tyler Hilton
Busybody Nora (Johanna Hurwitz) - "What is your name?" That's what Nora asks her neighbors as she rides up and down the elevator of her apartment house. She doesn't mean to be a busybody. She just wants to be like doorman Henry and know all the people in her building--all 200 of them! And then one day Nora gets a great idea: they'll have a giant party, for everyone in the building! Also in the series is “New Neighbors for Nora”. Recommended for ages 7-10.
My Cats Nick and Nora (Isabelle Harper) - Moser and his young granddaughter depict an ordinary but hilarious day in the life of child-hassled cats. When Isabelle's cousin Emmie visits, "the first thing we do is go find Nick and Nora. It isn't always easy. They have lots of places to hide." The girls coerce the glowering cats into playing school, dressing up, and attending a birthday party complete with big neighborhood dogs ("We invite all their friends...," Isabelle says with exquisite innocence). After a brief escape and capture, detente is achieved with a group nap. The contrast between Isabelle's blithe, sweetly oblivious narration and the cats' expressions of strained tolerance is a stitch. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Noisy Nora (Rosemary Wells) - Rosemary Wells' tales of animals with very human problems make her a favorite from the board-book years on. Nora, that noisy mouse, returns with all her middle-child problems still on display. What's a mouse to do when little brother and big sister take up all mom and dad's time? Yup. Plenty of noise. Look at these new pictures and you can almost hear the racket. With all that clatter, it might be better to read this one before dinner, not before bed! Recommended for ages baby to preschool.
Nora and the Texas Terror (Judy Cox) - Reflecting recessionary times, Cox’s latest chapter book follows a third-grader named Nora who suddenly has to share her room at home and her desk at school with a cousin whose father has lost his job. It’s a quick snapshot, covering the few weeks it takes for the father of “the Texas Terror” to find new employment, but Cox packs it with drama, mostly domestic and mostly comic. Nora and Ellie have met only once before—it didn’t go well—and their personalities and styles still clash when Ellie relocates to Oregon. Nora likes her own routine, her ballet, and building gnome houses at recess, while Ellie wears black, dotes on her pet tarantula, and plays hard in the recess soccer game. Cox concisely conveys a sense of family dynamics and resolves the crisis of the story—a storm that imperils Ellie’s little brother—as neatly as she dispels Nora and Ellie’s differences. Haley’s illustrations are likewise cartoonish and appealing. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Nora's Pink Boots (Matthew Hoggins) - New shoes? Weird shoes? Red shoes? Blue? Nora doesn't want these, what's a dad to do? Nora's Pink Boots is a story about a father who takes his young daughter shoe shopping for her birthday, only to find that she has no interest in replacing her dirty, worn out, old boots. As Nora explains the significance of her old boots, he begins to gain an insight into his daughter's mind that any parent will appreciate. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Nora's Stars (Satomi Ichikawa) - While a little girl is visiting her grandmother who lives in a lovely Mediterranean setting, she discovers an old trunk full of toys that come magically to life at bedtime. That night when Nora wishes that she could have the stars that appear to be so close, the toys gather them up from the sky and bring them to her. They spend an enchanted evening playing with the stars; when Nora realizes how sad and dark the sky is without any twinkling lights, she sends them back where they belong and falls contentedly asleep. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Nora - Nora Dunn (SNL cast member); Nora Ephron (writer); Nora Roberts (writer); Nora Balling (model); Nora Barnacle (wife of author James Joyce); Nora Sayre (film critic)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Nora - Gwendolyn Brooks (poet); Ossie Davis (actor, writer)
Nora - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Nora.