Brad Meltzer “Heroes for My Daughter”

April 17th, 2012

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In 2010 thriller writer Brad Meltzer wrote a book that was more personal than any he’d ever written before. It was called “Heroes for My Son,” a collection of essays in tribute to dozens of men and women he thought would make excellent heroes for his own sons.

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But Brad also has a daughter,

And she wanted a book of heroes, too.

Calling on inspiration a second time, Brad Meltzer now has come out with a volume called “Heroes for My Daughter.” Like its predecessor, this one contains the stories of many of the “usual suspects,” like Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. But you’ll also find Tina Turner, Lisa Simpson, and the Three Stooges in here.

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Bruce Feiler “The Council of Dads”

April 30th, 2010

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Life was going great for bestselling author Bruce Feiler — until the day his doctor told him he had a malignant tumor in his leg, and that there was a good chance it would kill him.

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His first thought was, what would become of his young twin daughters? Would they wonder who he was? Would they wonder what he thought?

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Soon Feiler came up with an idea — he would ask some of his closest friends to become “The Council of Dads.”

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Nicholas Sparks “The Last Song”

September 26th, 2009

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An angry and self-absorbed teenage girl has her eyes opened to the rest of the world – including her estranged father – in the Nicholas Sparks tearjerker “The Last Song.”

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Exiled from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina for the summer by her mother, 17-year-old Veronica Miller must find a way to coexist with her father, who walked out on the family three years earlier. And, as in every Nicholas Sparks book, there will be love found – and love lost.

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Laura Arens Fuerstein “My Mother, My Mirror”

April 5th, 2009

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We’ve all been to the carnival and had a good time looking at ourselves in the funhouse mirrors. The distorted way our bodies look makes us laugh. But what if you’re going through life, seeing yourself as though you’re looking in a carnival mirror all the time? That’s not funny at all.

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Psychotherapist Laura Arens Fuerstein wants to help women break the carnival mirror, by realizing where it came from in the first place: mom. Her book is called “My Mother, My Mirror.”

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Amy Dickinson “The Mighty Queens of Freeville”

February 26th, 2009

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Advice columnist and public radio commentator Amy Dickinson‘s informal motto is “I make the mistakes so you don’t have to.” And by her own account, she’s made enough of them for us to learn quite a bit.

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In her memoir “The Mighty Queens of Freeville” Dickinson reveals the nature of the rock-solid foundation that has kept her life from crumbling: it’s the extended network of strong women in her family from a small town in upstate New York.

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