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Island People

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A trip to New England sparked my interest in the writings of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909). An early feminist, ecologist and architectural preservationist, Jewett wrote about the Maine country people she knew so well.  Her best known story—really a novella—“The Country of the Pointed Firs”—is a series of portraits of the lives of ordinary people. A woman...

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Everybody’s Somewhere

Everybody’s Somewhere

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Cornelia expands the range of her previous children’s books in this new venture:  In playful, bouncy rhymes that children and parents will have fun saying out loud,  Everybody’s Somewhere offers children a way to think about other people in other places doing different things; to be delighted by new ideas, and to be reassured that everyone is...

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Missing: A Memoir

Missing: A Memoir

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Cornelia Maude Spelman’s memoir of her family springs from a meeting and subsequent friendship with the late, legendary New Yorker editor William Maxwell. In the 1920s, he and her parents had been friends as undergraduates at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When Spelman hints at what she thinks of as the failure of her parents’ lives, he...

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When I Feel Angry

When I Feel Angry

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Anger can be a scary emotion for young children, their parents, and caregivers. As this little bunny experiences the things that make her angry, she also learns ways to deal with her anger–ways that won’t hurt others. “This gentle book puts an adorable bunny in a variety of situations that preschool or grade-school children can relate to....

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