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Samar--a.k.a. Sam--is an Indian-American teenager whose mom has kept her away from her old-fashioned family.  It's never bothered Sam, who is busy with school, friends, and a demanding boyfriend.  But things change after 9/11.  A guy in a turban shows up at Sam's house--and turns out to be her...
Wedding Ring
Meet Helen, the expert quilt maker and family curmudgeon, who pieced a wedding ring quilt top for her hope chest, only to put it away without quilting it after her marriage ended abruptly.  Meet steel magnolia Nancy, Helen’s daughter, who found the top and quilted it in the early, unhappy days of...
Sister's Choice
Kendra and Jamie were never storybook sisters. But after a long estrangement, Jamie has offered Kendra and her husband their ultimate dream, a child of their own.  Despite some lingering misgivings about her once-wayward younger sister, Kendra agrees, and Jamie, a promising architect and single...
A Massive Swelling
Warning: do not read this book at a wake, on a precipice, or with a full bladder. Unless you're a humorless fan of Cher, Michael Jackson, Barbra Striesand, or Mick Jagger, Wilson's turbo, heat-seeking essays about fame, the bane of our commodified culture, will induce bent-double, breathless...
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LIFE INSIDE, a memoir by Mindy Lewis (Atria Books, 2002; Washington Square Press, 2003; 358 pgs.), explores the inner life of an adolescent girl confined for 27 months to the adolescent unit of the NYS Psychiatric Institute in the mid-1960s. A vivid first person exploration of life inside a...
Fanny herself
THE LATE BLOOMER  is the story of Fanny Goldstein, a fifty-year-old virgin who doesn't want to die wondering what she has missed.  Although this novel cartoons modern values and its superficial pleasures, it is far more than a funny story.  Society would call Fanny and her friends misfits, but...
Dying Unfinished
This is the story of a troubled relationship between Eleanor and her daughter, Rosa, as told through their alternating voices. At the center is their rivalry over Rosa's husband, Antonio, who acts as a catalyst on more than one level. Sex is the merely the means through which each characters seeks...
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When Patricia, the Italian-American, marries Gregori, the “gorgeous” Greek, she spends almost two decades in a sometimes tragic, sometimes uproarious pursuit of ‘Happily-Ever-After’. In a last-ditch effort to make their relationship work, Patricia moves with Gregori to Greece, where he insists he...
Spirit of Pregnancy
A journey of lasting lessons through a difficult first pregnancy that included surgery, eleven days in the Labor and Delivery wing and prematurity.
Where Are All the Fathers by Dr. Jefferson Edwards
"The greatest love that you can receive this side of heaven is a father's love, and most of us have never received it," says Dr. Edwards. The revelation of this book was birthed out of the personal, seemingly negative and tragic experiences of his own life. However, his mess was processed...