Making Toast: A Family Story - Roger Rosenblatt

Making Toast (Ecco, $21.99), by Roger Rosenblatt, is a beautiful but heartbreaking account of grandparents who move in with their grandchildren and son-in-law after the unexpected death of their daughter.  They must balance the management of their grief with the need to carve out a new life in a household far more chaotic than the one they had envisioned for their golden years.  But because this is a home with young children, there are also moments of humor and wonder, and the reader is left with feelings of hope and joy.  In this tender story, Rosenblatt celebrates the life of his beloved daughter, the strength of family, and the satisfaction of being able to do a job really well.

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ISBN: 9780061825958
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Published: Ecco - February 15th, 2011

For You Mom, Finally - Ruth Reichl

In For You, Mom, Finally (Penguin, $13), food critic and writer Ruth Reichl shares the lifelong regrets that dogged her mother, Mim. After her mother’s death, Reichl reads Mim’s letters and personal notes and discovers the deep remorse that had long plagued her. Instead of pursuing a fulfilling career, Mim buckled under parental and societal pressure to marry and raise a family. Mim’s depression is also the malaise of a generation of middle-class women who glimpsed during WWII the freedom and independence available in work outside the home, but who were forced back into domesticity immediately after the war. Reichl presents Mim’s unhappiness with generosity and warmth. For You, Mom, Finally is a touching book that recognizes a mother’s sacrifices and her hope that her daughter would not face the same limitations.

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ISBN: 9780143117346
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Published: Penguin Books - April 6th, 2010

When Skateboards Will Be Free - Said Sayrafiezadeh

When Skateboards Will Be Free (Dial Press, $15) is a lilting, blackly funny memoir of a most unusual adolescence. Said Sayrafiezadeh’s Iranian father and American Jewish mother were zealous socialists, and they raised their son in a militant wing of the Socialist Workers Party. Sayrafiezadeh grew up in the peculiar, politically charged cocoon of Brooklyn and Pittsburgh of the 1970s and ‘80s; due to his parents’ single-minded fervor, he often suffered crippling poverty and neglect. But his dark humor softens the pathos--as do the glimpses we get of the adult Sayrafiezadeh auditioning for commercials and working for Martha Stewart. It’s one of the many ironies this talented writer plays with but never overplays.

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ISBN: 9780385340694
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - March 30th, 2010