Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith

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Alison Wonderland Helen Smith First Mariner Books ISBN# 978-0-547-84803-7 — ♦ — British author Helen Smith creates a quirky cast of characters in her novel, Alison Wonderland. When Alison Temple was young and idealistic, she dreamed of meeting and marrying someone, anyone, named Mr. Wonderland, because wouldn’t it be fun […]

Megan Abbott's THE END OF EVERYTHING: The Ashes of Childhood

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The memory of adolescence is a combination of specific and universal details.  I was 13 in the summer of 1976, growing up in a small suburban town on Long Island.  While my parents asssumed I was listening to soft pop groups like The Captain and Tenille and The Carpenters,  I […]

Kathryn Stockett's THE HELP: The Past Sheds Light On The Present

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It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.  Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.  –Robert F. Kennedy History does […]