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Paul Volponi

Paul Volponi is a writer, teacher and journalist living in New York City. From 1992-1998, he taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island to read and write. That experience formed the basis of his ALA Award-winning novels RIKERS HIGH and BLACK AND WHITE. From 1999-2005, Paul taught teens in drug treatment programs, inspiring his ALA Award-winning novel ROOFTOP. As a journalist, Paul covers the sport of Thoroughbred racing for the national publication The Blood-Horse.

Evan Esar

Hope is tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment. 

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Evan Esar

Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam

Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from ever living a normal, healthy life. When she was able to go outside and play with her sisters one day, she fell three stories headfirst inside an old, hollowed-out tree. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited Heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and was inexplicably cured of her chronic ailment.

Better All the Time: A Darling Family Novel by Carre Armstrong Gardner

With her weight issues at the forefront of her mind, Seraphina Darling prefers to place herself comfortably in the background. But when her best friend and older brother announce their engagement, she vows to make a permanent change in her appearance and her life. Meanwhile, her younger sister, Amy, lands her dream job: coordinating the restoration of the community theater’s arts programs. As the deadline for the project’s completion approaches, Amy continues to run herself ragged, struggling to delegate and trust anyone but herself.

Double Cross by DiAnn Mills

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family --- even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal, and agrees to follow her lead...even if it means teaming up with a felon.

On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman

Long before anyone would christen it “The Dust Bowl,” Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She’s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died. A hasty marriage to a young preacher didn’t bring the escape she desired. Now, 12 years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.

George Herbert

There would be no great men if there were no little ones.

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George Herbert

Jawaharlal Nehru

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.

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Jawaharlal Nehru

April 17, 2015

I got home last night and waiting for me was a copy of the book FASHION LIVES by Fern Mallis. Fern, the award-winning creator of Fashion Week, interviewed designers and fashion journalists in a terrific discussion series at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. This book has transcripts of 19 interviews with legendary personalities such as Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Bill Cunningham (the latter of whom shoots the great fashion reportage for the New York Times), giving readers inside access to the lives of these industry leaders. Fern does not talk about their collections, but rather taps into childhood inspirations, as well as advice on how to succeed in fashion. The interviews work because she did a lot of research on her subjects in advance!

A Fine Romance - Audiobook by Candice Bergen

April 2015

I am not one who flocks to celebrity memoirs, but I loved A FINE ROMANCE by Candice Bergen, which I listened to on audio. The book is about the male loves of her life --- her husbands, Louis Malle and Marshall Rose --- and the person who lives in her heart: her daughter, Chloe. The book is wickedly honest. She admits her flaws, noting that she is not an easy woman to live with. She was married to her first husband, Louis, for 15 years, but they were apart for about one-third of that time. She talks about why that worked and why it didn’t. In this telling, there are lessons for all of us. She handwrote 400 thank-you notes after Louis’ death; if anything from this book, I learned that she is polite and definitely schooled on doing “the right thing.”