By: Ann Hood
"Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, Hood discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions, and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks. In Morningstar, Hood recollects how The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and The Outsiders influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath dramatically influenced her political thinking, while the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings became headline news and classics such as Dr. Zhivago and Les Misérables stoked her ambitions to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform―even save―our own lives."
By: Amy Dickinson
"By peeling back the curtain of her syndicated advice column, Amy Dickinson reveals much of the inspiration and motivation that has fueled her calling. Through a series of linked essays, this moving narrative picks up where her earlier memoir left off. Exploring central themes of romance, death, parenting, self-care, and spiritual awakening, this touching and heartfelt homage speaks to all who have faced challenges in the wake of life's twists and turns. From finding love in middle-age to her storied experience with stepparenting to overcoming disordered eating to her final moments spent with her late mother, Dickinson's trademark humorous tone delivers punch and wit that will empower, entertain, and heal."
By: Helen Simonson
Major Ernest Pettigrew is a widower living in a small village in England. After the death of his younger brother, he begins to enjoy a friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the village's widowed Pakistani shopkeeper. They enjoy a shared interest of literature and quiet walks. Eventually, their friendship evolves into something stronger, but numerous obstacles stand in their way. Mrs. Ali is considered a foreigner even though she has lived most of her life in England. Her husband's family urges her to give up the shop to a nephew and live with them in the north of England. They conspire to keep her away from Major Pettigrew. Will true love win? This novel pokes fun at British manners and prejudices. Readers will find it entertaining and charming.