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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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Missing: A Memoir

Missing: A Memoir

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One reader’s review: “…a beautifully written portrait of a mother and her family. Spelman’s examination of her mother’s life is deeply poignant and will resonate with all readers who recognize–and perhaps struggle with—the complexity of family relationships….Spelman is able to uncover significant pieces of...

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These Dear, Ordinary Days

These Dear, Ordinary Days

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(This reflection by Cornelia on “Life in the Archives” was published in the newsletter of the Coordinating Council for Women in History in August, 2011)   I take my favorite place—a chair at the long wooden table that is closest to the tall windows—and wait.  Soon a librarian rolls to my table a beige metal cart whose three shelves are loaded with...

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