This personal memoir is from a critical time in relations between the United States and the Soviet Union in the mid-1980's, just as the "Cold War" was beginning to thaw. Written by a noted scholar of Russian cultural and artistic history, Massie reveals her personal relationships with and insights into then-President Ronald Reagan and such Soviet leaders as Andrei Gromyko and Mikhail Gorbachev. It also details the fascinating role Massie played as a private citizen who unofficially communicated directly between President Reagan and Soviet officials, and whose insight into the Russian people informed President Reagan's understanding of and approach to Soviet leaders. Highly recommended.
Stewart, a nerdy, thoughtful intellectually gifted, and socially awkward 13-year-old boy and Ashley, a 14-year-old vain, shallow, self-absorbed girl become part of a blended family when their single parents move in together. With different attitudes toward each other and their new “family,” they both face valuable growing-up lessons. Through humor, Nielsen is able to raise important issues that hit an emotional core in all of us.
In Maybe in Another Life, Reid creates a compelling story of two college friends who reconnect ten years after graduation. Their lives have gone in quite different directions: Gabby is married and settled in her career; Hannah is still trying to find her footing in the adult world. Where does she belong? What does she want to do for work? What does she want to make of her life? And most of all, what is the meaning of family and love? When Gabby and Hannah meet again, Hannah faces a seemingly innocuous decision of how to spend the rest of a social evening. Reid cleverly takes her on two very divergent paths, predicated on the two choices facing her. Both stories are powerful and thought-provoking.