Lonely Specks The hedonistic '70s, Topanga Canyon-- Dufy Loche-the beautiful 18 year old daughter of bohemian, neglectful parents-- escapes her fractured family to the East Coast to pursue her dream of becoming a modern dancer. She meets an older man named Bruce whose break with reality leaves her riddled with grief... After her marriage to Marcus turns sour 25 years later, Dufy, now a successful nurse-midwife and mother of two living in Portland, Maine, meets Alan Harp, a mentally ill, homeless painter. But when she leaves her family for him, she almost gets herself killed and has to escape. Faced with a variety of life-changing decisions, she is forced to grapple with her need to rescue. Years of stuffed anguish and despair, which she'd buried "under layers of old hurts" erupt and she is forced to ponder the trajectory of her life and how to claim what's left. Facing down her mess feels unfathomable, but she decides she must. In Lonely Specks, Shellie Leger gives us a novel in lean and precise language replete with humor layered over deep sadness, blunt honesty, and blunt accounts of sex. There's a steady focus on questions of grave importance-when is love good and when is love bad? What does it mean to be crazy? What does it mean to be happy? Lonely Specks is a novel of engrossing vigor on the nature of redemption and longing.
"I heard it coming a mile away, chasing chickens and scattering hay. Through Uncle Ben s General Feed Store, (lucky for him, he had opened the door). Over the fence, the airplane appeared, driving a stampede of panicking steer". Thus begins this delightfully illustrated children s book Barnstorming, The second of the Uncle Tom books by Uncle Tom Merriam. Full of rhythm and rhyme, and just plain fun, Barnstorming is great to read to younger children and just as much fun for older children to read aloud.
This is the endearing story of Little Chief, a young bison, who is chosen to replace a retiring elder at Beech Hill Farm and Bison Ranch. He is unsure about leaving his friends, moving to a new place, and coping with the journey. To his surprise, Little Chief is warmly greeted at his new location by a chicken named Abigail Frizzle. He is put to ease by her kindness and desire to make him feel welcome. Little Chief quickly learns that it only takes on friend to make you feel at home! Parents and educators will enjoy discussing this story by award-winning children's author, Robin Taylor-Chiarello and illustrator, Lisa Bohart.
Written by Robin Chiarello, illustrated by Steven Lester "Limbo" has already won the Mom's Choice award. It is a great and simple book for children. Speaking of some of America's darkest history, the simple text helps children visualize and see the challenges one can over come and how a lovely woman from our local Fryeburg can provide grace and honor in the end. The illustrations are beautiful. The message can teach the next generation.