Orphans Then, Now

Book Review A CASUALTY OF GRACE Lisa Brown 2015 ASIN: B0161OHSVC Lisa Brown’s third novel to accurately, yet emotionally, portray the lives of her English ancestors who became 19th century Canadian pioneers surprised me. It is a more focused story than The Porter’s Wife and The Seeds of Sorrow, and much deeper psychologically. It worked

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We All Are Orphans

My Life

Lemony Snicket delivered the prime example of what critic Lenika Cruz called “postmodern literature for children” (Atlantic, October, 2014). The Baudelaire siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny (a snappish baby with sharp teeth), endured thirteen volumes of misery in “A Series of Unfortunate Events” starting with a house fire that killed their parents.

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My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

The Glorious English Countryside in 2014

Louisa Young, London journalist and novelist, and wife of a composer, grew up in the house where the story Peter Pan was written by Sir J. M. Barrie. Some older readers will remember the boy who does not want to grow up and lives with other Lost Boys (who fell out of their baby prams)

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When We Were Renters

Some day whole houses will be made of plastic.

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Have the crones made poor decisions?

Leaning toward Marxism in the 1960s did not comfortably fit with being a housewife, but some of us gradually moved from the conservative politics of our parents to what stood for social democracy in America, and from marriage to perceived independence. Our daughters turned out differently, and our granddaughters even more so.

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