Jeannette Walls “The Silver Star”

June 24th, 2013

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Jeannette Walls‘s memoir “The Glass Castle” stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 100 weeks. Her second book, “Half Broke Horses,” was called “a true-life novel.”

Now her new book, “The Silver Star,” is nominally fiction. It’s the story of sisters Bean, who’s 12, and Liz, age 15, and the life they carve out for themselves after their wannabe actress mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself.

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Her publisher says Jeannette Walls is “supremely alert to abuse of adult power, [and] has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.”

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Elinor Lipman “The View from Penthouse B”

May 10th, 2013

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Elinor Lipman is a longtime favorite novelist who is also, it turns outl, a brilliant essayist. Her tenth novel, “The View From Penthouse B.” was published at the same time as her first essay collection “I Can’t Complain.”

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Bringing the same warmth and easy companionship of her fiction to her essays, Lipman writes about everything from her favorite soap opera to unexpected widowhood and caring for elderly parents.

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Then she eases you effortlessly from the final essay .. into her novel, which centers on two sisters brought together again by circumstance to live together in a New York penthouse — and how they come to rely on each other, an odd roommate, and even an ex-husband.

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Sharon Short “My One Square Inch of Alaska”

April 10th, 2013

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It’s the adventure of a lifetime for a brother and sister from a grimy Ohio town in the ’50s, in Sharon Short‘s novel “My One Square Inch of Alaska.”

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High-school senior Donna Lane wants to be a designer. She’s eager to leave home, but stays to care for her troubled father and her younger brother, Will, who’s in fragile health.

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Will is also obsessed with a TV adventure show about Alaska — and, one thing leading to another, he and Donna are soon in a yellow convertible, along with a Siberian Husky, en route to Alaska. Continue to the interview > > >

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Jennifer Handford “Daughters for a Time”

May 30th, 2012

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As a young teenager, Helen Francis suffered simultaneous losses — her mother died, and her father walked out on Helen and her older sister Claire, who became Helen’s de facto mother and mentor.

And now Helen wants nothing more than to be a mother herself.

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In Jennifer Handford‘s debut novel “Daughters for a Time,” Helen is now 35 and married — and unable to conceive. Finally coming to accept her circumstance, Helen and her husband adopt a baby from China.

And then comes word — Claire has cancer.

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Allegra Goodman “The Cookbook Collector”

July 7th, 2011

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The dot-com boom is in full hurricane force in Allegra Goodman‘s novel about two sisters and how different, and how alike, they can be.

It’s just before the bubble bursts, as “The Cookbook Collector” opens. Twenty-something wunderkind Emily Bach is the CEO of a web startup that’s going places. Her boyfriend Jonathan is with a different — and competing — company. Emily’s little sister Jess, a grad student who works at an antiquarian bookstore, is her big sister’s opposite in many ways.

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The trouble starts when Emily shares some insider info with Jonathan — for reasons only someone in love can understand — and the story then becomes about loyalty and greed. And Jess is in the middle of all this, too.

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