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Susan Shapiro Barash

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Susan Shapiro Barash
Susan Shapiro Barash is an established writer of thirteen nonfiction women’s books, including "Tripping the Prom Queen," "Toxic Friends" and "You’re Grounded Forever, but First Let’s Go Shopping." She teaches gender studies Marymount Manhattan College and is a well recognized gender expert. Her novel, "Between the Tides," was published under the pen name Susannah Marren.

Emotional Scars in Andre Dubus’ “Gone So Long”

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For those of us who read House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III’s new novel again offers distinctive, memorable characters, their backstories, and their dire sadness and loss. In Gone So Long (W.W. Norton & Company), the author gives us Danny and Linda who grew up together in a small Massachusetts town during the mid-20th century. Although Danny is rough around the edges and clearly not handsome, Linda, a great beauty and object of desire, marries him and they have a little girl, Susan. In a fit of jealousy, Danny murders his wife while their three-year-old daughter watches the horrifying scene. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! Forty years later, Danny, who served prison time and is now…

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Why The Classic Books Still Matter Today

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We booklovers are book collectors, dedicated readers who revisit our own personal collections. Most of our bookcases are eclectic and reflect distinctive tastes and interests. Yet for many of us, among our precious books are those novels that are deemed “the classics.” Not every title that we own, of course, falls into this category, but usually it is an impressive amount. The books have their own history — perhaps some were purchased for high school assigned readings or course curriculum from our college days. Others have been recommended or received as gifts, or we have chosen them on our own out of curiosity. This section of one’s bookshelf represents our past and our present. The titles exist in their own…

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The Champion of Middle-Aged Mothers Is Back!

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Kate Reddy has returned in full force in Allison Pearson’s new novel with St. Martin’s Press, How Hard Can It Be?  Pearson’s character, Kate, is now older, more mature, a more seasoned character. Pearson’s column, Sandwich Woman, about women in midlife who struggle with their children and their parents as both grow older, is a perfect segue to Kate Reddy at close to 50. Clearly Kate has more on her plate than she might have ever contemplated. And for the many of us who remember her as a young working mother in Pearson’s debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, her new challenges are striking.  We cheer her on as she battles and soothes her teenage daughter, and sympathize with her as…

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Interview with Maxine Rosaler, Author of “Queen for a Day”

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It is bold work to invite us into the world of children who are eligible for special education—and their long suffering parents. Maxine Rosaler does this in her novel, Queen for a Day, through her main character, Mimi Slavitt and her young son, Danny. We, the audience, are alongside Mimi as she attempts to accept and comprehend her autistic son’s world. In the process, Mimi — and so we the readers — are introduced to the other mothers and their children, whom she encounters along the path, and the social system that provides aid. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2015-2016, 6.7 million students between the ages of three and 21 received special education services. Among the…

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‘Days of Night’: Jonathan Stone’s Vivid Tale of Loneliness and Isolation in Antarctica

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From the title to the tone, Jonathan Stone’s latest thriller, Days of Night, lures the reader into life at the McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Antarctica, itself a character in the novel, immediately becomes vivid and arresting, foreboding and unfortunate. As a continent it is known as the coldest, unleashing temperatures that dip as low as -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Throughout the novel, we consider how easily one can freeze to death, how precarious it is to exist in this climate. Beyond that is the author’s creation of the culture at McMurdo Station. He cleverly details the social isolation and odd behavior of the crew—we imagine a character’s perverse proclivity that comes during the ‘winter-over’, when those living there haven’t a glimmer of daylight…

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