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Review: Xhenet Aliu’s ‘Brass’ is Absolutely Fearless

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We all know that reading offers an escape, whether that escape is to explore different worlds and cultures, or just to get away from your job for a few hours. But there are some books out there that juts perfectly embody our sense of wanderlust and Brass, by Xhenet Aliu is one of them. Beautifully written, Brass encompasses the personal, if at times painful bonds between mothers and daughters, while capturing the longing of wanting to leave home and explore the world. As a waitress at a diner in Waterbury, Connecticut, Elsie has big dreams of getting out and hopes that the tips she makes will be enough to do that. In the meantime, she starts getting to know Bashkim, the married line-order cook,…

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Sheila Roberts: Mothers and Daughters, and Weddings, Oh My!

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When we think of weddings we naturally think bride and groom. But, when it comes right down to it, a wedding encompasses so much more. Of course, weddings are about the happy couple, but they’re also a community celebration when family and friends gather to celebrate the joys of true love. (And to snicker when the ring bearer lies down for a nap in the middle of the ceremony.) Weddings are about two people pledging to be there for each other through all the bumps and turns in life’s road. They’re also an occasion for family to welcome a new member. And they even allow mothers and grandmothers, aunts and cousins to relive their own special day. In short, weddings…

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