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Betsy has been a partner for seventeen years and was a former banker before she retired to raise her twin daughters. Now a grandmother she loves going to Minnesota to see her family!
Two contemporary African-American families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, with the power of poetry and an emotionally rich narrative, Jacqueline Woodson's extraordinary new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of this child. Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.
If you are in need of a good belly laugh and have children or grandchildren youwill certainly enjoy the latest Backman book, Things My Son Needs To Know About the World. I have given this book to expectant parents as well as new parents so they can see the humor in raising children, whether a son or daughter. As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the "firsts" that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn't shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small.
Seldom does a book make me want to see the movie, but Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts was so interesting I have to watch the Wizard of Oz with new insight! Maud Gage Baum shows up in Hollywood nineteen years after Frank died, to make sure the director and producers stay true to the spirit of the book.
While Louis B. Mayer may be unimpressed, Maud develops many special relationships with the cast and crew, most especially with Judy Garland. Told in alternating chapters, we learn the story of Maud and Frank as well as Maud’s adventures in Hollywood. A fun and fascinating read!
What do you remember from April, 1986: certainly not the horrific Los Angeles Library fire started by an arsonist. Susan Orlean uncovers a piece of California history that is gripping for anyone who is a passionate reader. I was thoroughly engrossed and engaged by this account of events.
Marie Benedict is the author of The Other Einsteinand Carnegie’s Maid and now she has the story of Hedy Kiesler, aka Hedy LaMarr, my personal favorite of the three. Written as historical fiction, Benedict has clearly done her research once again and writes a story that few know.
Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living in Stockholm. As a child she was given an address book by her father and over the years she carefully kept track of everyone she met and cared about over the years. Now she wants to share their stories with her American great niece. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy story and only wish my great aunt had done this for me.
Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
It isn't paranoia if it's really happening ... Anna Fox lives alone -- a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies ... and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble -- and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this gripping Hitchcockian thriller, no one and nothing are what they seem.
This is a beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk - and lose - their lives crossing it. In a courageous endeavor to comprehend the complex issues that characterize America's border with Mexico, Francisco Cantu joined the US Border Patrol. His story, and intelligent and humane perspective, should mortify anyone who ever thought building a wall might improve our lot.
In her celebrated seminar, The Art of Perception, art historian Amy Herman has trained experts from many fields to perceive and communicate better. By showing people how to look closely at images, she helps them hone their "visual intelligence," a set of skills we all possess but few of us know how to use effectively. She has spent more than a decade teaching doctors to observe patients instead of their charts, helping police officers separate facts from opinions when investigating a crime, and training professionals from the FBI, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, and the military to recognize the most pertinent and useful information.