Tag: family problems

UNCLE VANYA Readalikes
By March 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

UNCLE VANYA Readalikes

In Uncle Vanya—one of Anton Chekhov’s four masterpiece plays—an aging professor, Serebryakov, and his young, beautiful wife, Yelena, reside in their country estate, which is run by the Serebryakov’s daughter, Sonya, and his first wife’s brother, Vanya. A doctor, Astrov, visits the family, and although Sonya longs for him, he—like Vanya—pines for Yelena. As the whole clan […]

Trapped in the Nest: 10 Tales of Family Dysfunction

Trapped in the Nest: 10 Tales of Family Dysfunction

One of this spring’s most buzzed about books is Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest. The four adult Plumb siblings are supposed to get their inheritance when the youngest one turns 40. Plans go awry when their mother uses it to bail their ne’er-do-well brother Leo out of another inebriated jam. Readers who relish reading about other families’ foibles […]

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By March 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: The Nest

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel, The Nest (Ecco), focuses largely on family dynamics, especially that special brand of bickering that ensues when siblings are forced to work together. Although the trailer for the highly anticipated family drama doesn’t reveal any plot points, it does include a gaggle of celebrities—such as The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper—dishing on […]

Where Am I Tomorrow? Books about Divorce, for Young Readers

Where Am I Tomorrow? Books about Divorce, for Young Readers

Lynn: When my son and his wife divorced, my four-year-old twin grandsons began the delicate dance of spending time with both parents and negotiating complicated calendars. Like so many families, the arrangements included multiple households, alternating schedules, and plenty of confusion. Now, eight years later, the boys have had lots of practice keeping track of where […]

Don’t Take Sarah Dessen for Granted

Don’t Take Sarah Dessen for Granted

Lynn: Every fall, we create a bibliography of recommended books that we use for conference, seminar, and school presentations. It is a big task that we spend a lot of time on, but some authors are simply automatic additions. Sarah Dessen is one of those. Her latest book goes on our list every time without question […]

Summer Fun with a Side of Serious

Summer Fun with a Side of Serious

Cindy: Earlier this summer, on the plane ride home from ALA Annual Conference, I read the graphic novel Sunny Side Up (August 2015) by siblings Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. I hinted at this in a previous post about our exhibit haul. The book’s front cover blurb from Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile (2010), […]