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A Tiny Christmas-New Year Miracle

A Tiny Christmas-New Year Miracle  I have a friend who’s forty-six years-old; I’ll call her Mommy. She and Daddy, her husband, have tried for years to adopt a baby. Earlier this year, they were expecting a baby to be placed … Continue reading

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****Book Review: My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent

Usually, I either can’t, or won’t, complete books like Gabriel Tallent’s, debut novel, My Absolute Darling. It’s a gripping, exhausting, page-turner about a fourteen year-old nicknamed Turtle who lives in an isolated, but stunningly beautiful location along the Northern California … Continue reading

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***** Book Review: The Eighty Dollar Champion, by Elizabeth Letts

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation As a little girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, peddlers in horse-drawn wagons were always a happy sighting. Elizabeth Letts’ book, “The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse that … Continue reading

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***Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by JD Vance

Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance, is the author of the bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Before the reader even opens the cover, the book’’s alliterative title grabs you. The timing of its release was … Continue reading

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St Louis Lit in the Lou Book Festival

Speaking about “Sugar Hill Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem” at Lit in the Lou Pub Crawl. I teamed with Wash U Prof., Henry Schivey, fellow memoirist. Our location, because of noise in the gallery, was the back room of … Continue reading

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What We Learn When Writing a Memoir

Recently, when a neighbor’s son started medical school, he told me he would have to learn 15,000 new words in the next four years. What I found most interesting was that as a college graduate, his vocabulary already consisted of … Continue reading

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****Book Review: BettyVille by George Hodgman

George Hodgman, the author of Bettyville, a moving and often funny memoir, is a middle aged gay man who lives in New York City. For months at a time, he puts his life on hold and returns to Paris, Missouri … Continue reading

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