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Written by
Cait Levin
May 2015
Written by
Cait Levin
May 2015

If sexual shenanigans disqualified candidates for Congress, the U.S. would have no government. But what if the candidate was a pro-choice Republican supported by feminist groups—and a college rapist whose secret could be exposed by a leading women’s rights advocate?

Again and Again tells the story of Deborah Borenstein—as an established women’s rights leader in 2010 Washington, DC, and as a college student, thirty years earlier, whose roommate is raped by a fellow student. The perpetrator is now a Senate candidate who has the backing of major feminist groups . . . which puts Deborah in a difficult position. Torn between her past and present, as the race goes on, Deborah finds herself tested as a wife, a mother, a feminist, and a friend. 

Elizabeth Barker has spent years planning and working hard to achieve her version of the American dream—a dream that is supposed to culminate in parenthood and the role of supermom. But when her first child is born with Down syndrome and an accompanying fatal heart condition that requires immediate and future surgery, her perfect plans are turned upside down.

Barker’s new reality is a detoured journey that feels more like an obstacle course of life-threatening encounters, medical mishaps, and a seemingly unending number of hardships. From the moment of her daughter’s birth, she is taught unrelenting life lessons that no schooling or formal education could ever teach: how to live and love unconditionally; how to battle health care providers and medical insurance carriers for proper care and coverage; how to advocate for a sick loved one; how to navigate the unfamiliar world of special needs care and education; and how to keep her sanity and some semblance of her former self alive and well along the way. And that, to her great dismay, is only the beginning.

Poignant and inspiring, Changed by Chance, Champion By Choice is a courageous story of soul-searching introspection about acquiring the necessary life skills to survive and thrive.  Barker credits her success to trusting her intuition and learning to accept the mystical interventions that helped her along the way—and how, through these experiences, she became her own life champion. 

In the 1960s and ’70s, thousands of baby boomers strapped packs to their backs and flocked to Europe, wandering the continent on missions of self-discovery. Many of these boomers still dream of “going back”—of once again cutting themselves free and revisiting the places they encountered in their youth, recapturing what was, and creating fresh memories along the way. Marianne Bohr and her husband, Joe, did just that.

In Gap Year Girl, Bohr describes what it’s like to kiss your job good-bye, sell your worldly possessions, pack your bags, and take off on a quest for adventure. Page by page, she engagingly recounts the experiences, epiphanies, highs, lows, struggles, surprises, and lessons learned as she and Joe journey as independent travelers on a budget—through medieval villages and bustling European cities, unimaginable culinary pleasures, and the entertaining (and sometimes infuriating) characters encountered along the way. Touching on universal themes of escape, adventure, freedom, discovery, and life reimagined, Gap Year Girl is an exciting account of a couple’s experiences on an unconventional, past the-blush-of-youth journey.

May Alcott spends her days sewing blue shirts for Union soldiers, but she dreams of painting a masterpiece—which many say is impossible for a woman—and of finding love, too. When she reads her sister’s wildly popular novel, Little Women, she is stung by Louisa’s portrayal of her as “Amy,” the youngest of four sisters who trades her desire to succeed as an artist for the joys of hearth and home. Determined to prove her talent, May makes plans to move far from Massachusetts and make a life for herself with room for both watercolors and a wedding dress. Can she succeed? And if she does, what price will she have to pay?

Based May Alcott’s letters and diaries, as well as memoirs written by her neighbors, Little Woman in Blue puts May at the center of the story she might have told about sisterhood and rivalry in an extraordinary family.

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