Twenty-something Sarah Wildman stumbles across a secreted cache of photographs during the clean out of her late grandparent’s family home in New England. Sarah’s grandfather, Karl Wildman, emigrated from Vienna during the war establishing a family medical practice in Pittsfield, Massachusetts before marrying Sarah’s grandmother during the early 1940’s. These photographs, featuring a beautiful young woman and prominently signed “Your, Valy,” signal the beginning of Sarah’s odyssey to learn the story behind the woman her grandfather loved and left behind in occupied Berlin.
In Visible City, author Tova Mirvis explores the anonymity and intimacy of life in New York City, juxtaposing the public and private lives of community members in a transitioning neighborhood of pre-war apartments. Recovering attorney Nina, now a stay-at-home mom, uses her son’s toy binoculars to scrutinize the lives of an older couple living opposite her family on the block. When an innocuous meeting at Starbucks leads to a budding friendship with one half of the couple, Nina struggles to reconcile what she once imagined with what she now knows about their lives.
When a horrific fire destroys their modest Mumbai restaurant and steals the life of a beloved wife and Mummy, the grief-stricken Haji family emigrates from India. An extended period of mourning spent traveling throughout Europe culminates with this gregarious family opening an inexpensive Indian restaurant in the small alpine town of Lumiere, France. Cultural differences soon escalate between the Haji family and Gertrude Mallory---longtime owner of a two-star restaurant a hundred-feet across the street---leading to a terrible accident jeopardizing the health of fourteen-ye
Road Ends completes Lawson’s trilogy of work set in the remote rural landscape of Northwestern Ontario. The Cartwright’s---a sprawling dysfunctional family with seven children---reside in the small, farming community of Struan. Family patriarch and breadwinner, Edward Cartwright, is manager of the local bank. The story unfolds from multiple points of view alternating between him and the two oldest Cartwright offspring, Tom and Megan, both in their early twenties.
Readers of Feldman's first memoir, Unorthodox, will thrill to the next installment of her journey forward after separating from the Satmar Hasidic community where she was raised and married. Now twenty-eight years old, Feldman discusses moving with son, Isaac, from Brooklyn, New York to the New England countryside. Always forthright, Feldman describes graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, establishing a writing career, and discovering her sexuality. Though no longer Orthodox, a trip abroad tracing her grandmother's movements in Europe during the H
Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert seem to possess an enviable life together. Todd, a general contractor, flips houses on Chicago’s north side affording them a comfortable lifestyle. Jodi, a psychologist in part-time private practice from their lakeside condo, celebrates her professional achievements alongside their twenty-year relationship. Then Todd’s best friend’s daughter, a college student named Natasha, announces her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials to Todd, and Jodi’s world tilts on its axis. Receiving notice to vacate their home spurs Jodi to
In Unremarried Widow---official military terminology for the widow of a man killed in service--Artis Henderson recounts the unlikely love story between her and husband, Miles, an Apache helicopter pilot for the United States Army. In this memoir, Henderson offers a visceral look into enduring after Miles is killed in Iraq, and eventually, reconciling herself to the hard work of recovery and reimagining her dreams. ~ Suzy Miller
Call number: 956.70443 HEN
Author Jo Baker delivers another look into Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by reimagining life inside Longbourn from the servants’ perspective. In Longbourn, the Bennet’s lives are peripheral to those of their longtime domestic staff, Mr. and Mrs. Hill. Mr. Hill serves as butler. Mrs. Hill, housekeeper and cook, directs housemaid Sarah with a deft hand and genuine familial affection. Sarah, in turn, instructs second housemaid, Polly.