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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

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Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder by Ann Rule
Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder

Deb Rhodes, September 16, 2014

In this true story of obsessive love, Diane Downs does the unthinkable. She shoots her children in an attempt to work things out with her married lover, who has made it plain he doesn't want any kids.

Anne Rule is at her best as she takes us through the harrowing night that tragedy strikes Diane's children, and how it effects everyone around them, from their grandparents to the medical personnel trying to save their young lives, to the detectives who work so tirelessly to win justice on behalf of the children.

This is a chilling read, for it examines the heart, mind and motives of a woman living without a conscience or moral compass.
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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Deb Rhodes, September 16, 2014

Brian Moore writes a compassionate, compelling tale of a spinster whose life slowly unravels. After her bedridden aunt dies, Judith Hearn discovers there is not near enough inheritance money to live on and so she sells the house, and takes to living in bed-sitting rooms.

The loneliness of her life, compounded by her lack of physical beauty and charm (which might have gained her a companion) leads her to begin the habit of drinking cheap wine whenever she is especially discouraged. As the story progresses Judith's life begins spinning out of control. She still has the O'Neill family (for whom she worked years ago) to visit every Sunday. She doesn't really like them anymore than they like her, but she has built up a fantasy in her imagination that they find her fascinating and look forward to her weekly visits. In reality, the children all scatter when they know she's about to make another appearance, and their mother, Moira, can barely keep her eyes open during the dull visits.

This tale of loneliness turned into self-pity is an honest rendering of the life of one who doesn't know how to fit in, and has over the years become her own worst enemy.
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The Hidden Writer by Alexander Johnson
The Hidden Writer

Deb Rhodes, July 16, 2014

This volume is invaluable for female writers who are passionate about writing their lives down, and who seek to understand more fully their creative process. I found the chapters intriguing and inspiring, and was left with a greater sense of how important it is to write one's truth.
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A Game of Hide and Seek (New York Review Books Classics) by Elizabeth Taylor
A Game of Hide and Seek (New York Review Books Classics)

Deb Rhodes, July 15, 2014

The British writer, Elizabeth Taylor, has long been unappreciated in the world of fiction. Her novel, "A Game of Hide and Seek" is a wonderful example of the depth of her understanding of human psychology and the nuances of the relationships between men and women.

Harriet falls in love with Vesey when they are teens. He is lazy and self-focused, fond of her in a vague sort of way. His aloofness increases her desire for his affections, which are few and far between. They go their separate ways without Vesey having declared his love for her. Harriet tells no one of her love for him; she holds it deep within her heart, marrying the older, less exciting Charles only because she despairs of ever seeing Vesey again.

But of course he eventually pops up in her life again, resurrecting all those long-buried feelings she's tried so hard to ignore. Will she stay with her faithful, if boring, husband, or once more give her heart to the one least deserving of its affections?
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Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
Ladder of Years

Deb Rhodes, May 23, 2013

This novel explores the landscape of marriage, as well as maternal ties. What would compel the mother of 3 teens to walk away from the emotional security of her long marriage, and motherhood, to begin a brand new life? With her usual love of human foibles, Anne Tyler tells this quirky story with humor and compassion.

What I love best about her novels is that you can always see how her characters grow, glimpsing their true selves perhaps for the first time by the novel's end.

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