Books

My reliable fallback for summer reading--or any time I want already known pure pleasure--is anything byElinor Lipman or Mary Stewart. Add to that the witty Edmund Crispin, Patricia Wentworth and Georgette Heyer mysteries, and I have my desert island library. Oh, and Dorothy Sayers and P.D. James. And... and....Lately I've read a few books that not only are good vacation choices, but are novels I expect I'll be rereading.
Merryn is up late at night, awaiting and fearing her husband's drunken homecoming, when she opens the door to find two policemen announcing that he has been killed in a car accident. She quickly bundles up their nine-year-old daughter, the precocious Tenney, and leaves Dallas, Tex., for her mother's home in San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico.
Following the successful release of her book "Situation Zane - Autism who knew?", Caribbean-American autism advocate Rosanne Small-Morgan known affectionately as 'Rosie' is making major impact with the masses, been in high demand for speaking engagements on the topic of autism and has even received prestigious accolades from political figures for her work with the cause.
From the ShelfA favorite recent read features an unlikely main character and an unlikely author, appropriately for an absorbing mystery. First, the author: one would expect Ben Pastor, not a pen name, to be a man, perhaps a pious fellow. But Ben is short for Verbena, an Italian woman born Maria Verbena Volpi who many years ago married an American officer and moved to the U.S. A professor of the classic, she now lives in Italy and has a fascination for "the warrior's life, past and present," as she puts it.
Two weeks ago, Misty Copeland became the first female African American dancer to reach principal status in the American Ballet Theatre. To reach principal status is an amazing achievement. For a dancer who only began dancing at age 13, it is an extraordinary achievement. To reach principal status as the first female African American ballet dancer is to blaze the trail of a Firebird.
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