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Memoirs

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May 6

Not That Kind of a Girl, A young woman tells you what she has “learned” by Lena Dunham, attended lower school. I really enjoyed Lena Dunham’s series Girls, and was intrigued to hear that she had a
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Jul 31, 2018

Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life by Amanda Stern ’89. This is a book you can’t put down, and which stays with you long after you’ve finished it. It is certainly a must-read for practiti
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May 22, 2018

Muddy Boots and Red Socks, A Reporter’s Life by Malcolm Browne ’48. Acknowledging the influence of his Friends science teacher, Walter Hinman, Malcolm Browne thought he would be a scientist. This p
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Mar 11, 2018

What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas ’59. Well, after I read A Three Dog Life , I had to find out what happened next. This book recounts her enduring friendship with a somewhat yo
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Dec 30, 2017

· Girlbomb, A Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum (I think she was at Friends only for middle school, in the ‘80’s). I am grateful to Molly Peacock for telling me about Janice Erlbaum and R
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Dec 30, 2017

· Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt.(’58?). I think Roger attended Friends about the same time that I attended Plainfield High School in Plainfield, New Jersey. Like me, he is a grandparent. His d
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Dec 4, 2017

· The Bone Bridge by Yarrott Benz. (ff). Anne Boster recommended this book to me saying, “You know, Marge, he can write.” I knew Yarrott as a colleague, but I didn’t really know him at all until
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Mar 15

My Mother and Me, Making it in New York After Making it Out of Berlin and Beirut by Peter Schrag ’55. This charming memoir saves a great deal of information about the life of Ilse Schrag from fal
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Jul 3, 2018

The Girl in the Back, a Female Drummer’s Life with Bowie, Blondie, and the 70’s Rock Scene by Laura Davis-Chainin ’78?. While students at Friends, Laura and her friend Bill Arning were drawn to the
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Apr 15, 2018

Alone Together by Edes Powell Gilbert, ’49. A long time educator in New York City, serving for many years as the headmistress of Spence, Edes was well known to the Friends community, often serving o
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Feb 17, 2018

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas, ’59. At the outset, Abigail tells us that what stays the same is that her husband got hurt. A couple who fell in love in a heartbeat –she noticed he was the n
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Dec 30, 2017

· The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre by Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Pierre Lehu (’67). Pierre graduated from Friends shortly before I arrived, but I heard a lot about him bec
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Dec 30, 2017

· Some Day You Will Understand by Nina Wolff (not sure, early ‘80’s?) Nina’s father left her a legacy of letters and papers that date back to his escape from the Nazis toward the beginning of WWI
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Jan 12

Body in Space, My Life with Tammy by Margaret Gonzalez te. So here is my own book with Tammy on the cover. If you were in the lower school in the years from 1984-1988, you might remember her. I go
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Jul 3, 2018

Things that Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin ’98. The straightforward, hopeful, angry, activist voice throughout this work is Michael Bennett’s. This NFL player was
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Apr 15, 2018

A Political Education, Coming of Age in Paris and New York by André Schiffrin, early 50’s. Born in Paris in 1935, André Schiffrin was the only child of a highly regarded publisher, who established t
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Feb 17, 2018

The Soul of my Soldier by Abigail Calkin ’59. Abigail, a Quaker, marries a Vietnam vet. Story over. Oh, but he needs a new Rototiller, so he re-ups in the reserves, and Abigail discovers what it i
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Dec 30, 2017

· The Paper Garden, An Artist Begins Her Life Work at 72, by Molly Peacock (ff). Arthur Moore recommended this book to me. We all remember Molly as a poet (and a teacher who knew how to home in o
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Dec 30, 2017

· Never Say Goodbye by Quentin Rowan. (I’m not sure what year he graduated –it must have been in the 80’s or 90’s) Quentin made a big mistake and suffered severe consequences from the pitiless tr