Nelson Gross led an outsized life--one in which he played many roles: father, brother, husband, politician, entrepreneur. When he was killed by a couple of teenagers in a botched abduction and robbery, the murder shook his family in predictable and terrible ways. For his daughter, Dinah Lenney, the parent of her own young children, the loss sparked a self-reckoning that led to this book, which is both a meditation on grief and a coming of age story. By turns funny and sad, frustrating and fulfilling, her candid memoir conducts readers through marriage and divorce, blended and broken families--and, finally, the kinds of conflict that infect the best of us under the best of circumstances. In the end, Lenney leaves us with the sense that in spite of extraordinary events--as with most families--it is mutual forgiveness and love that lead us to empathy, acceptance, and the will to carry on.
In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, Jeff and Maud build a relationship as they cope with the loss of loved ones--Maud's radical sister has disappeared "underground," while Jeff's brother has been called to duty in Southeast Asia. Reprint.
Emmy was a good girl. At least she tried very hard to be good. She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days.She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . . Hilarious, inventive, and irresistably rodent-friendly, Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat is a fantastic first novel from acclaimed picture book author Lynne Jonell.
I set off one morning in my little red canoe.
My dog wagged his tail.
Can I come, too?
You bet, I said.
A trip for two--just me and you.
After the first day of first grade, Henry's not sure how he feels about it. The teacher isn't like his kindergarten teacher, and the fifth-graders hog the monkey bars. But as Henry tells his mother about a new friend who likes soccer and about how he'll learn to read books, he begins to realize that maybe first grade won't be so bad after all.
Henry loves first grade - except for reading. When called on in class, Henry freezes. His teacher discovers it's not that Henry doesn't like to read, it's that he can't. With extra help, Henry begins to feel more confident about words and letters. And when he and his little brother desperately want to know the ending to a book, Henry saves the day
Meet Nancy Carlson's peppy pig--a character who is full of good feelings about herself. Her story will leave little ones feeling good about themselves, too
"Little ones in need of positive reinforcement will find it here. An exuberant pig proclaims "I like me " She likes the way she looks, and all her activities....When she makes a mistake she picks herself up and tries again." --Booklist
"Wonderful in its simplicity, here's a story that will help kids feel good about themselves." -- Boston GLobe
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In his stunning follow-up to the #1 best-selling House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus draws us into the lives of three deeply flawed, driven people whose paths intersect on a September night in Florida. April, a stripper, has brought her daughter to work at the Puma Club for Men. There she encounters Bassam, a foreign client both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club, and he s drunk and angry and lonely. From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, and page-turning narrative that seizes the reader by the throat with psychological tension, depth, and realism."
The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group's reading of Andre Dubus III's House of Sand and Fog , a uniquely American tragedy of taut suspense and profound emotional impact.
Celebrate the historic sites in the Twin Cities associated with women√s history and women√s contributions to the development of social and political life. This book will guide you to the must-see locations within the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.