Faye Rapoport DesPres

New Books from Talented Writers

Some of my favorite writers and friends have released books in recent weeks. Below is a quick list of some new works that you might consider for your reading list:

Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family, edited by Joy Castro:

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Whenever a memoirist gives a reading, someone in the audience is sure to ask, “How did your family react?” Revisiting our pasts and exploring our experiences, we often reveal more of our relatives than they might prefer.

This volume navigates the emotional and literary minefields that any writer of family stories or secrets must travel when depicting private lives for public consumption.

The Merrill Diaries by Susan Tepper

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“Susan Tepper’s hilarious ‘The Merrill Diaries’ follows a quirky young woman running from a couple of doozy marriages but mainly from herself. The language is whip smart, the characters live and breathe on the page. A beautiful book.” – Bonnie ZoBell, author of The Whack-Job Girls

Women in Bed: Nine Stories by Jessica Keener

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“Jessica Keener’s extraordinary debut novel, Night Swim, captivated readers with its eloquence, insight, and humanity. This gripping first novel announces the arrival of a strong, distinct and fully evolved new voice,” said Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants called Keener, “An amazing new literary voice.”

Farm Girls: Reflections and Impressions of Candace Simar and Angela F. Foster

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If you learned to swear in Norwegian or had an outhouse, you’ll enjoy the nostalgia, prose and poetry of these sisters. From memories of Norwegian ancestors to growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm, these Farm Girls will take you back to the good ol’ days.

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