Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

miaWritten & Directed by: Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Ira Levin

Setting: New York City

My pregnancies — the ones I was able to carry to term — are among the best and worst memories of my life. One odd detail I remember is that I occasionally had strange cravings for raw meat, especially when carrying my son James. I called them my Rosemary’s Baby moments. Egads.

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Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts




Paperback, 376 pages

Published: June 1, 1998 by Warner Books (1st published January 1, 1995)

Setting: Oklahoma


Novalee Nation is a seventeen-year-old pregnant tenth-grade drop-out, traveling through Oklahoma, when her boyfriend abandons her like a stray dog. Raised in trailer park foster homes, she yearns for a real house — one “not on wheels” — and a family.

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Thank You For All Things by Sandra Kring



Paperback, 448 pages

Published: September 30, 2008 by Bantam Discovery (1st Published January 1, 2008)

Setting: Wisconsin


Thank You For All Things is told in the voice of eleven-year-old Lucy Marie McGowan. She and her brother Milo are highly gifted twins, homeschooled by their struggling single mom, Tess, in Chicago. Unlike her profoundly gifted twin, who enjoys writing about string theory and calculating pi to as many digits as possible, Lucy has an I.Q. of “only” 144. She is gifted at reading people. She plans to be a psychologist someday, and she knows more about Freud and Jung than most college psychology majors. She also longs to learn the truth about her missing father.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

wallflowerWritten & Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Dear Logan Lerman,

I am sorry I misjudged you based on your part in the miserably disappointing adaptation of The Lightning Thief.  You can’t be blamed for the fact that filmmakers butchered one of my son’s and my favorite read-alouds, and usually ones acting ability can only shine in proportion to the quality of the role, script, and direction.

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A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson



Hardcover, 282 pages

Published: April 1, 1998 by St. Martin’s Press (1st published September 7, 1997)

Setting: England & Austria


Ellen is a conundrum to her mother and two doting aunts. Passionate suffragettes and civil rights activists, they have spent their lives helping turn the conventional role of women on its head. Yet Ellen passes up the chance to pursue higher education, and she loves to cook, clean, and nurture people.

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