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As a first time author, I'm quickly learning that the first question children ask is "How do you get your ideas?" Now, instead of fumbling awkwardly with clichés, I'll just tell them to read this beautiful and thoughtful meditation on the creative process.
Of course, I tried to talk some sense into them. But with each one, I was left frustrated and came to the conclusion that they are in denial. Even if they are white and economically privileged and straight, history can change on a dime and their lives will be changed also.
Society has changed, in large part, to accommodate us. But have LGBT people, in particular by parenting, changed society? Almost magically, recently published books started arriving in my mailbox to help my understanding.
The book begins with a shard of a memory of a pretty and provocative young girl on a long, cross country train ride. The
The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III A young mother's decision to bring her child to the strip club where she works
The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa One of my desert island books, The Leopard is not so much a novel as a eulogy for a
Being the kind of person I am -- I immediately thought it had everything to do with religion. "People in churches and mosques
Narrated by Toni Morrison   The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose stubborn nonconformity
The epigraph of A Discovery of Witches -- "It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches." -- immediately warns you're about to encounter a book out of the ordinary.
Leaving treatment helped her rehearse the separation from her husband. That enactment let her practice [actions] that were