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All We Had

Author Applies Visual Skills to the Creation of Novel

Dec 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Ellen Birkett Morris

All We Had, Annie Weatherwax–At first glance, Annie Weatherwax, author of All We Had, seems like an unlikely prospect to be a writer. As a successful sculptor, she sculpted superheroes and cartoon characters for Nickelodeon, DC Comics Read more »

After the Parade

Lori Ostlund Debut Novel Deals with Life After the Parade

Dec 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Diane Slocum

After the Parade, Lori Ostlund, Scribner–Aaron Englund’s life is divided – before and after the parade, before and after his mother leaves and before and after he leaves Walter. Trying to make it on his own in San Francisco, he finds he has to make sense of his years of growing up in small-town Minnesota Read more »

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

Love of Writing Shines in Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge

Nov 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Anna Roins

At the Water’s Edge, Sara Gruen–Maddie Hyde and her husband Ellis have been cast out of Philadelphia’s polite society from notoriety and bitter disappointment. Together they cross the Atlantic during WWII submarine warfare to a remote Scottish village with the hope of redeeming themselves and the family name Read more »

A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

Nov 1, 2015 | Format: Audio | Contributor: Doris Booth

A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka, Lev Golinkin, Anchor Books–When Lev Golinkin and his Jewish family escaped the Russian-dominated eastern Ukraine city of Kharkov in 1990, they were allowed to take only a few possessions. Nine-year-old Lev chose to take his stuffed bear and a backpack Read more »

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest Serves a Babette’s Feast

Nov 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Diane Slocum

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, J. Ryan Stradal , Penguin Publishing — Lars Thorvald got teased a lot growing up, smelling like the lutefisk his family prepared for the Scandinavians in Duluth. His daughter, Eva, also was tormented by her classmates, but her passion was growing chocolate habaneros, powerful enough to be a weapon Read more »

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Swanson Weaves Compelling Tale of Alternate Lives

Nov 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Ellen Birkett Morris

The Bookseller, Cynthia Swanson, Harper Collins–As Cynthia Swanson’s novel The Bookseller begins we are with Kitty Miller, a thirty-eight-year-old single bookseller, when she wakes up in a bed that is not her own and discovers an alternate life in which she is a married mother of three children Read more »

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox

Focus on the Work, Advises Fox

Oct 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Ellen Birkett Morris

Days of Awe, Lauren Fox, a tale about a woman’s attempt to piece her life together following the death of her best friend Read more »