Kerry Reichs “Leaving Unknown”

March 27th, 2010

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Flitterdegibbety Maeve Connelly can’t seem to hold a job, can’t seem to be responsible. So after her latest firing — and an intervention by her family — she heads west, in Kerry Reichs’ novel “Leaving Unknown.” When her car breaks down en route to California, Maeve’s life takes a turn that foreshadows some semblance of responsibility.

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Ed Nixon “The Nixons: A Family Portrait”

September 30th, 2009

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For all the books – indeed, all the libraries – written about Richard Nixon, it’s safe to say no one has ever been able to provide the perspective offered by the author of a book called “The Nixons: A Family Portrait.” His name is Ed Nixon, Richard Nixon’s youngest brother.

His book is an intimate family story, revealing details of a Quaker upbringing that produced a master politician and one of America’s most controversial presidents.

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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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Laura Schenone “The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken”

December 6th, 2007

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Ravioli. Who would have thought that this humble pasta dish could inspire a culinary detective story that spans two continents and a hundred years? In her book “The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken” James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone takes us along, as she tries to find the magic of her great-grandmother’s ravioli – and ends up reconnecting with family.

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