OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “NOT ANOTHER SUPERHERO” BY TARA LYNN THOMPSON, “SWIMMING WITH MAYA,” BY ELEANOR VINCENT AND “EMERGENCY ANTHEMS,” BY ALEX GREEN, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, FEB. 2-8
The integration of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va in 1962 was not a national story — no irate white protestors, no police intervention, no drama. Yet as Patricia Wild describes it, the psychological and social pressures on Lynda Woodruff and Owen Cardwell were the stuff of adolescent nightmares. At an age where most teen-agers desperately desire to be like everyone else, Woodruff and Cardwell made the choice to be completely and obviously different. At a time when the peer group is everything, that choice left them virtually friendless.
This is not a just book about civil rights and race, but about high school, and adolescence, and the price that must be paid by those daring to defy the status quo.
Meanwhile, our second featured book, “In Her Mother’s Shoes,” highlights the work of a literary late-bloomer, Dawn Lajeunesse. Dawn writes:
“After years in the health care field, I finally pursued my writing passion. I published my first novel, Autumn Colors, after my fiftieth birthday, followed a few years later by In Her Mother’s Shoes. I’m currently hard at work on my third novel, working title Gram and Me. I live north of Saratoga Springs, NY with my husband, Dennis and Border Terrier, Nala. We can be found frequently paddling our canoe on Adirondack lakes and rivers, biking the roads of northern NYS, cross country skiing, or climbing one of the beautiful mountains surrounding us.”
For our third entry, it’s time for another “First Tuesday Replay.”
“WAY OPENS,” BY PATRICIA WILD.
Eight years ago, Patricia Wild began to wonder: whatever happened to the two African Americans who desegregated her high school in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1962? That question became a quest; Way Opens tracks her journey. She finds Dr. Lynda Woodruff, now a college professor, and Reverend Owen Cardwell, a Baptist preacher, she finally learns the history lessons never taught in her segregated high school, and gently guided by Lynda and Owen, her Quaker meeting, and the people she meets along the way, examines her White privilege and the spiritual underpinnings of social justice.
“IN HER MOTHER’S SHOES,” BY DAWN LeJEUNESSE.
Author Meredith Fields’ formerly placid suburban existence is shattering, and she’s not entirely unhappy about it. She feels guilty over placing her mother, Katherine, in a nursing home. Her husband, Keith, wants a divorce. She’s emotionally estranged from her children. And her next book is overdue.
As she sorts through her mother’s house before selling, she finds clues to Katherine’s shadowy past. She begins to understand why her mother related so poorly to her children and is shaken by parallels in her relationships with her own children.
When Meredith finds a journal she kept in her twenties, she is reminded of the love she once felt for Keith, and the extent of her loss settles in. A series of crises forces them to confront their relationship, but will it be enough to put Meredith on the path to mending her shattered family and life?
FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY
This month, we will re-visit “Clog!” by Dan Smith, “Refuge,” by Melinda Inman, “Hannah, Delivered,” by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, “The Last Best Thing,” by Kate Sebeny, “Showing Up,” by Eric West, and “Mad Max: Uncharted Territory,” by Betsy Ashton.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Kellan Publishing Company http://kellanpublishing.com will hold an online discussion this month around Kate Sebeny’s “The Last Best Thing.” There will be opportunities to discuss the book online throughout the month of February. To participate, go to https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/981868-a-look-into-the-last-best-thing.
Israeli writer Richard Steinitz, whose “Murder Across the Border,” was featured on Snowflakes in a Blizzard last Aug. 21, is offering the e-book versions of both that novel and another, “Kaplan’s Quest,” for a total of 99 cents from Feb. 1-7. Click on http://ravenswoodpublisdhing.com/bookpages/kaplansquest.html or http://ravenswoodpublishing.com/bookpages/murderovertheborder.html. He would appreciate a review.