Author Patricia Dunn and Tessa Smith McGovern will discuss Last Stop on the 6, Dunn's latest novel examining family secrets and the process of facing them down.
Can you ever really go home again? This hilarious, hard-hitting and big-hearted novel brings to mind the movie A Bronx Tale as it follows Angela back home to her Italian-American family in the Bronx to prepare for her brother’s wedding. As Angela navigates love, guilt, and red gravy, she learns the price of living in the past, allowing her parents to squeeze her back into her childhood bedroom, and the cost of redemption.
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Patricia Dunn is an Italian rebel raised in the Bronx. She is the author of the young adult novel, Rebels by Accident (Sourcebooks Fire). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, The Village Voice, The Nation, LA Weekly, and The Christian Science Monitor. Dunn has served as the senior director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds an MFA in creative writing. She is the co-founder of The Joe Papaleo Writers Workshop in Cetera, Italy.
Tessa Smith McGovern is an author and writing coach. She has taught at the Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY, since 2011 and her class, 'How to Link Your Short Stories or Memoirs into a Collection' runs in the spring and fall. She's the host of two free, weekly writing workshops on Zoom for the Westport Library where people get inspired to write, improve their craft, and submit their stories for publication. Tessa is currently writing a contemporary fantasy novel inspired by British mythology and pursuing her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Author Heather Frimmer introduces her second novel, Better To Trust with book blogger Suzanne Leopold.
When trust is violated, can it ever be recovered? Alison Jacobs needs brain surgery and places ultimate trust in her sister’s husband, Grant Kaplan, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and expert in treating her condition. But Grant is hiding a dark secret which threatens the outcome: an addiction to prescription pills. As Alison struggles to rebuild her life, Grant’s daughter, Sadie, spends more time with a new friend. Frustrated that her parents exclude her from the conversations about her beloved aunt, Sadie makes increasingly risky choices which could endanger not only her, but her entire family.
Alison is also harboring her own secret—an extramarital affair with a woman. Her close call with mortality spurs her to take a closer look at her marriage, explore her newfound sexuality and figure out what she wants for her future. How will she rebuild her life and move forward? Can she find a way to repair her broken relationship with her only sister? Secrets swirling around drug use and sexual identity must be dealt with in order for the family to learn to trust each other again.
Heather Frimmer is a radiologist specializing in breast and emergency room imaging. Her first novel, Bedside Manners, was published in 2018 and has received several awards including National Indie Excellence, Reader’s Favorite and Independent Press awards. She completed her medical training at Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian-Cornell and Yale New Haven Hospital.
Suzanne Leopold is the creator of SuzyApproved.com which is her website for sharing book reviews. Her platform is active across many social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where she has accumulated over ten thousand followers. She is also the founder of SuzyApprovedBookTours.com where she aggregates her community of bloggers across social media platforms to support authors with book launches.
Celebrate two Westport authors in one night! Galia Gichon, author of THE ACCIDENTAL SUFFRAGIST and Collin Carroll, who wrote FITNESS BY DARWIN will discuss their new books with members of the Westport community. Whether you're curious about how to use human evolution in exercise or enjoy reading historical novels, this is a program for you.
THE ACCIDENTAL SUFFRAGIST starts in 1912. After a tragic event, Helen Fox—a factory worker living in New York’s tenements—attends her first suffrage meeting, quickly becoming seduced by the cause. Accepting a job offer from leader Harriot Stanton Blatch, Helen finds herself working alongside famous activists as she tries to change the world, afford the basics, and balance a disgruntled family back home when she marches to Washington, D.C. In a time when the obstacles for women— from any background—were insurmountable, Helen discovers her voice and dreams of equality in a male-dominated society.
FITNESS BY DARWIN is a pop-science book explaining how an exercise program based on the tenets of human evolution can make its practitioners shapelier, stronger, and healthier. This book uses 600 sources - almost all of which are from peer-reviewed publications - to make its point, couching this hard science in an inviting, informal tone to make the material accessible to workout newbies and fitness professionals alike. Fitness by Darwin offers readers an analysis of studies, a series of unique full-body exercises, and at-home tutorials so that they might maximize the safety and efficiency of their own workouts.
Both books will be available for purchase at the event. Please register to attend.
Galia Gichon spent nearly ten years writing financial research for top investment banks before launching Down-to-Earth Finance, a top personal financial advising firm in New York. Galia is the author of My Money Matters, a personal finance book which received notable press from the New York Times, TODAY Show, CNN, Newsweek, Real Simple and more. Galia Gichon consistently leads seminars for Barnard College where she has taught for 13 years, and other organizations. She is an avid angel investor focusing on women-led and impact startups and actively counsels startups through accelerators.
Marcia Falk’s professional career started as an editor for a large publishing company in NYC and then moved to public relations for a development firm in Miami. Her interest in the American suffrage movement burgeoned when she and her family lived in Rochester, near where its founders lived. Marcia spends much time at the Westport Library where she has spent some of her finest hours as a volunteer, and most recently, igniting the 2020 WestportREADS program dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the passage of The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Collin Carroll is a writer, personal trainer, tabletop game designer, three-time Ironman triathlete, and amateur evolutionary biologist. These bona fides double as evidence of his ADHD. Collin was born and raised in Westport and he currently volunteers as a firefighter and EMT in Weston, CT.
Benay Rubin is the owner of SHE3 Well+Fitness a Wellness & Barre Fitness Boutique studio and a Master Fitness teacher and health educator for adults, teens, and children. Benay was trained by the founder of Barre exercise who developed the original barre program called the Lotte Berk Method and is also certified in Pilates, Yoga, and MBSR Mindfulness training. She is a Certified Functional Medicine Nutrition and Lifestyle Counselor and a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. Benay is currently pursuing her masters degree in Occupational Therapy in order to further help people with barriers which impact meaningful activities and one's quality of life.
Join Karin Slaughter in-conversation with Jackie Cooper to celebrate libraries and discuss Karin’s latest standalone novel, FALSE WITNESS.
This is a virtual event, please register.
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe, her twenty-one novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant New York Times bestselling standalone novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER and PIECES OF HER. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novel PIECES OF HER is in development with Netflix, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television.
Jackie Cooper is an American author and film critic. He is the host of the Jackie K. Cooper Show, an entertainment review television show broadcast weekly on Com South and Progressive Tel cable networks in the Middle Georgia area. He is also one of the founders of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Jackie lives Perry, Georgia, and is the author of 7 books of memoirs and short stories.
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May Cobb returns to the Library to talk about her latest novel, the critically acclaimed THE HUNTING WIVES! Join us for a thrilling conversation.
The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.
Sophie O'Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she's feeling bored and restless.
Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie's curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.
When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.
"[A] nail-biting thriller....Wild plot twists keep the pages turning up to the unexpected ending. This romp is a guilty pleasure."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Sultry, salacious and utterly unpredictable, The Hunting Wives is the kind of book your mother warned you about. You'll devour it."--Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark
"[A] grown-up Mean Girls brimming with dangerous vices and uncertain alliances. A fast, engrossing read."--Zoje Stage, author of Baby Teeth
“Irresistibly lured into a world of entitled wealth and dark secrets, Sophie O’Neil’s life comes crashing down around her. A sizzling and racy psychological thriller.”--Liv Constantine, international bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
May Cobb earned her MA in literature from San Francisco State University, and her essays and interviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, Edible Austin, and Austin Monthly. Her debut novel, Big Woods, won multiple awards. A Texas native, she lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.
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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JULY 10 at 5:00 PM
The Westport Library and Barnes & Noble are partnering to bring Liv Constantine to Westport for an in-person event. Meet the authors when their newest thriller, The Stranger in the Mirror comes out! For more information.
A diabolically twisty, psychologically unsettling novel about a woman with no recollection of her past. Addison’s about to get married, but she’s not looking forward to the big day. It’s not her fiancé; he’s a wonderful man. It’s because Addison doesn't know who she really is. A few years ago, a kind driver found her bleeding next to a New Jersey highway and rescued her. While her physical wounds healed, Addison’s memory never returned. She doesn’t know her real name. Or how she ended up injured on the side of a road. Or why she can’t shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad . . .
In a posh home in the Boston suburbs, Julian tries to figure out what happened to his loving, caring wife, Cassandra, who disappeared without a trace two years ago. She would never have left him and their seven-year-old daughter Valentina of her own free will—or would she?
As these two lives intersect, The Stranger in the Mirror hooks readers with riveting drama, told with Liv Constantine’s hallmark blend of glamour, tense psychological thrills, and jaw-dropping twists.
Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Last Time I Saw You, The Wife Stalker, and The Stranger in the Mirror (coming July 2021). Their critically acclaimed books have been praised by USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Lynne and Valerie are national and international bestselling authors and their books have been translated into 28 languages, are available in 33 countries, and are in development for both television and film.
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Meet Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman, authors of RED DECEPTION, their latest installation in the Red Hotel series.
This is a virtual launch, please register. You can also purchase a bookplate signed copy.
When terrorists bomb bridges across the country and threaten the Hoover Dam, the vulnerability of America’s infrastructure becomes a matter of national security. But Dan Reilly, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, predicted the attacks in a secret State Department report written years earlier – a virtual blueprint for disaster that was somehow leaked and is now in the hands of foreign operatives.
With Washington distracted by domestic crises, Russian President Nicolai Gorshkov sends troops to the borders of Ukraine and Latvia, ready to reclaim what he feels is Russia’s rightful territory. Tensions in Europe threaten to boil over as a besieged American president balances multiple crises that threaten to upend the geopolitical order. With the U.S. at the mercy of an egomaniacal leader, and reporters and covert agents on his tail, Reilly may be the one man who can connect the dots before an even bigger catastrophe unfolds.
Blending career insight with first-hand knowledge of global politics, Fuller and Grossman have once have drawn a chilling portrait of the fragile fault lines in Europe and the players poised to seize power. The importance of protecting America’s critical infrastructure has rarely been so powerfully depicted.
Ed Fuller is a hospitality industry leader, educator and best-selling author, and President of Irvine, California-based Laguna Strategic Advisors, a global consortium that provides opportunities and business consulting services.
Gary Grossman is the author of EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and the sequel EXECUTIVE TREASON, is a print and television journalist, an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, and a film and TV historian. His career has included stints producing for NBC News, ABC, CBS NBC, Fox, PBS, and more than 27 cable networks. Grossman is also a partner at Weller/Grossman Productions, a prolific documentary and service and information television production company.
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Lauren Weisberger returns to Westport with her newest novel, WHERE THE GRASS IS GREEN AND THE GIRLS ARE PRETTY. She will be in conversation with Jennifer Blankfein, of Book Nation by Jen.
If you missed this event, you can watch the recording here.
A seat at the anchor desk of the most-watched morning show. Recognized by millions across the country, thanks in part to her flawless blond highlights and Botox-smoothed skin. An adoring husband and a Princeton-bound daughter. Peyton Marcus has it all. Until . . .
Skye, her sister, is a stay-at-home mom living in a glitzy suburb of New York. She has degrees from all the right schools and can helicopter-parent with the best of them. But Skye is different from the rest. She’s looking for something real and dreams of a life beyond the PTA and pickup. Until . . .
Max, Peyton’s bright and quirky seventeen-year-old daughter, is poised to kiss her fancy private school goodbye and head off to pursue her dreams in film. She’s waited her entire life for this opportunity. Until . . .
One little lie. That’s all it takes. For the illusions to crack. For resentments to surface. Suddenly the grass doesn’t look so green. And they’re left wondering: will they have what it takes to survive the truth?
Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Currently, producer Kevin McCollum and musician Elton John are adapting The Devil Wears Prada for the stage. Weisberger’s six other novels were all bestsellers, and her books have sold more than thirteen million copies worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Jennifer Blankfein lives in Westport and is the creator and writer of Book Nation by Jen, a blog of book reviews and recommendations. Also a marketing consultant, she is currently working with LifeLines.com, ourtowncrier.com and with various other small businesses and authors. Jen finds peace and happiness in her dance classes, at the beach with a book, and too often in a big bowl of pasta. Sign up for Book Nation by Jen and follow her on Facebook Book Nation by Jen, Instagram @booknationbyjen and Twitter @jenblankfein.
USA Today bestselling author Cate Holahan’s new thriller HER THREE LIVES, follows a family that must discover who the real enemy is after a violent home invasion breaks their trust in one another. The author will discuss her technology-based thriller with local writing teacher Judith Marks-White.
Jade Thompson is an up-and-coming social media influencer, she has a beautiful new home and a successful architect for a fiancé and seems to have it all. But there’s trouble behind the scenes. To her husband Greg’s children, his divorce from their mother and his new life can only mean a big mid-life crisis. To Jade, her husband’s suburban Connecticut upbringing isn’t an easy match with her Caribbean roots.
A brutal home invasion leaves Greg house-bound with a traumatic brain injury and glued to the live feeds from his ubiquitous security cameras. As the police investigate the crime and Greg’s frustration and rage grow, Jade begins to wonder what he may know about their attackers. And whether they are coming back. As Greg watches Jade’s comings and goings, he becomes convinced that her behavior is suspicious and that she’s hiding a big secret. The more he sees, the more he wonders whether the break-in was really a random burglary. And whether he’s worth more to Jade if he were dead.
If you missed this event, you can watch the recording here.
Catherine "Cate" Holahan is the USA Today bestselling author of THE WIDOWER'S WIFE, LIES SHE TOLD, DARK TURNS and ONE LITTLE SECRET. An award-winning journalist and former television producer, her articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record newspaper, and on many web sites. She is a member of The Author's Guild, Sisters-in-Crime, and Crime Writers of Color. She is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in New Jersey.
Judith Marks-White began writing as soon as she could hold a pen. Having earned her publishing stripes at Time Inc., she went on to work as a columnist for Connecticut’s Westport News where her award-winning essays column, "In Other Words". Her articles and feature stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and newspapers throughout the country and she has been involved in creative writing programs and conducts a series of writing workshops. Judith wrote two novels: Seducing Harry and Bachelor Degree and is the recipient of numerous writing awards from various organizations.
“Starts with a bang and never lets up. If you think you’ve got this one figured out - think again.”
– Liv Constantine, international bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
“Recommended for anyone who enjoys Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn, primarily because it’s better.”
– Library Journal
“Holahan keeps the suspense high…until the surprising denouement.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
Author Anne Youngson will be in conversation with Tessa Smith McGovern about her new book, THE NARROWBOAT SUMMER, a novel about three women, second chances and one summer trip.
Meet Eve, who has left her thirty-year career to become a Free Spirit; Sally, who has waved goodbye to her indifferent husband and two grown-up children; and Anastasia, a defiantly independent narrowboat-dweller, who is suddenly landlocked and vulnerable. Before they quite know what they’ve done, Sally and Eve agree to drive Anastasia’s narrowboat on a journey through the canals of England, as she awaits a life-saving operation. As they glide gently – and not so gently – through the countryside, the eccentricities and challenges of narrowboat life draw them inexorably together, and a tender and unforgettable story unfolds. At summer’s end, all three women must decide whether to return to the lives they left behind, or forge a new path forward.
Candid, hilarious, and uplifting, Anne Youngson's THE NARROWBOAT SUMMER is a celebration of the power of friendship and new experiences to change one’s life, at any age.
If you missed this event, you can watch the recording here.
Anne Youngson is retired and lives in Oxfordshire. She has two children and three grandchildren to date. Her debut novel, MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.
Tessa Smith McGovern has taught writing for 22 years and, for the last ten years, at the Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY. Her LONDON ROAD: LINKED STORIES, received a ‘Featured’ review from Kirkus, is an Amazon best-seller, and a gold medal winner in the 2012 eLit Awards. Her non-fiction book, COCKTAILS FOR BOOK LOVERS, is also an Amazon best-seller. Her many publication credits include the Connecticut Review and Equinox, a UK poetry journal archived by the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing and is also host, writer and producer of BookGirlTV (BGTV), an award-winning digital channel that promotes books and reading. Tessa is currently writing a contemporary fantasy novel inspired by British mythology and pursuing her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Join Westport Library’s own Elizabeth Chatsworth as she discusses her debut novel, The Brass Queen with fellow writer Gabi Coatsworth on its launch day.
If you weren't able to join us, you can watch this conversation here!
In a steam-powered world, Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogues. Selling firearms under her alias, the "Brass Queen," she has kept her baronial estate's coffers full. But when US spy J. F. Trusdale saves her from assassins, she's pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don't, the world as they know it will disappear before their eyes.
"Chatsworth debuts with a fun, frothy blend of fantasy and romance . . . Fans of humorous fantasy and headstrong heroines will be delighted." --Publishers Weekly
"At times wondrous, at times romantic, and very often gut-bustingly funny." --David Farland, New York Times bestselling author of The Runelords series
Elizabeth Chatsworth is a British author and actor based in Connecticut. She loves to write of rogues, rebels, and renegades across time and space. Elizabeth is a Writers Of The Future winner, a Golden Heart® finalist, a Pitch Wars alumna, and a member of the SFWA. When she’s not writing or acting, Elizabeth is proud to be a member of The Westport Library patron services team.
Gabi Coatsworth is an award-winning British-born writer and blogger, who has spent half her life living in the United States. A member of several national writing associations, she’s active in the Connecticut writing community, and runs an open mic, a weekly write-in, and a monthly get-together for writers, all currently on Zoom. She's been published in anthologies and literary journals, both in print and online. Her novel is represented by Joelle Delburgo Associates.
“Chatsworth builds an intriguing alternate world, filled with sharply amusing dialog and lively characters. VERDICT A delightful gaslamp fantasy that will please readers of Gail Carriger and Kate Locke.”
“With a satisfying bite, this steampunk venture includes an insightful twist on the British Empire, making frequent nods to Queen Victoria’s bloodthirstiness and the era’s inequitable treatment of women. Best of all, Constance stays center stage: a feisty, lovable heroine who is capable of rescuing herself, thank you very much.”
Family secrets are the central focus of two debut novels: Block Seventeen and These Ghosts are Family. Authors Kimiko Guthrie and Maisy Card will discuss their stories with Bernicestine McLeod and Judith Hamer.
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When Akiko “Jane” Thompson first met Shiro Yamamoto, she knew they were meant to be. Five years later, their happiness is threatened. An intruder burgles their apartment but takes nothing, leaving behind only cryptic traces of his or her presence. Shiro risks their security in a plot to expose the misdeeds of his employer, the TSA. Jane’s mother has seemingly disappeared, her existence only apparent online. Jane wants to ignore these worrisome disturbances until a cry from the past robs her of all peace, forcing her to uncover a long-buried family secret. Block Seventeen, at times charming and light, at others disturbing and disorienting, explores how fear of the “other” continues to shape our supposedly more enlightened times.
Stanford Solomon faked his own death and stole the identity of his best friend. And now, nearing the end of his life, Stanford is about to meet his firstborn daughter, Irene Paisley, a home health aide who has unwittingly shown up for her first day of work to tend to the father she thought was dead. These Ghosts Are Family revolves around the consequences of Abel’s decision and tells the story of the Paisley family from colonial Jamaica to present-day Harlem.
Kimiko Guthrie grew up in Berkeley, California, dancing like her mother and writing like her father. She teaches dance and theater at CSU East Bay and is the co-artistic director of Dandelion Dancetheater. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Choreography from Mills College. Kimiko has worked with many Bay Area-based dance companies, including Asian American Dance Performances and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. BLOCK SEVENTEEN, inspired by her experience growing up with a mother who was imprisoned as a child at the Rohwer incarceration camp during WWII, is her debut novel.
Maisy Card is a writer and a public librarian. Her debut novel, These Ghosts are Family, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and was longlisted for The Center For Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Lenny Letter, School Library Journal, AGNI, Lit Hub, Guernica and other publications. Her short story, "The True Death of Abel Paisley," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. Maisy was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, but was raised in Jamaica, New York. She earned an MFA from Brooklyn College, an MLIS from Rutgers University and a BA in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University.
Bernicestine McLeod is a Trustee Emerita of her alma mater, Brown University, and has served on numerous boards throughout Fairfield County including the Westport Library and the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. She was a founding member of TEAM Westport and serves as its Secretary. Bernicestine is currently the Chair of the Board of The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community in Bridgeport. She is also President of McLeod Associates, Inc., an information technology consulting firm.
Judith A. Hamer has taught at the City College of New York, Columbia University, and New York University and served as a director of training at PaineWebber, Inc. She ended her career as Learning Officer at The Rockefeller Foundation. Judith earned a BA from Cornell University, an MAT from Smith College, and a Ph.D from Columbia University. In 1993 she and her husband, Martin, collaborated on an anthology, Centers of the Self: Short Stories by Black American Women from the Nineteenth Century to the Present, Hill and Wang, NY. She is currently working on a memoir.