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Elizabeth Berg is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Never Change and Open House, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Joy School was selected as American Library Association Best Book of the Year. Elizabeth Berg won the 1997 New England Bookseller's Award for her novels. A former nurse, she lives in Chicago.
A gripping and heartfelt story interestingly, for this genre, told from a male viewpoint of a man who goes overnight from being a husband to becoming his wife's roommate. In Say When, Elizabeth Berg negotiates perfectly the fine balance between humour and poignancy as she charts the days and nights of a family whose normal life has been shattered.
A passionate and powerful novel based on the scandalous life of the French novelist George Sand, her famous lovers, untraditional Parisian lifestyle, and bestselling novels in Paris during the 1830s and 40s This major departure for bestseller Berg is for listeners of Nancy Horan and Elizabeth Gilbert.George Sand was a 19th century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior. After leaving her estranged husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore mens clothing, smoked cigars, and had love affairs with famous men and an actress named Marie. In an era of incredible artistic talent, Sand was the most famous female writer of her time. Her lovers and friends included Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more. In a major departure, Elizabeth Berg has created a gorgeous novel about the life of George Sand, written in luminous prose, with exquisite insight into the heart and mind of a woman who was considered the most passionate and gifted genius of her time.
Have you ever considered the wondrous wishes of a wizard, or the delightful dreams of a unicorn? Maybe you know what the moon dreams about, or maybe you would like to share your own dreams...If so, here is an opportunity to express your thoughts and imagination. You may choose to write your dreams or draw them What ever you choose, don't forget to dream!
Patty Murphy is facing that pivotal point in a woman's life when her biological clock ticks as insistently as a beating heart. Will she find Mr. Right and start a family? But Patty is in lovewith a man who is not only attractive and financially sound, but sensitive and warmhearted. There's just one small problem: he is also gay.Against her better judgment, and pleas from family and friends, Patty refuses to give up on Ethan. Every man she dates ultimately leaves her aching for the gentle comfort and intimacy she shares with him. But even as she throws eligible bachelors to the wayside to spend yet another platonic night with Ethan, Patty longs more and more for the consolation of loving and being loved. In the meantime she must content herself with waitinguntil the real thing comes along.
Katie Nashthe beloved heroine of Elizabeth Berg's previous novels Durable Goods and Joy Schoolis thirteen years old in 1961, and she's facing a summer full of conflict. Her father has enlisted her in two care-taking jobsbaby-sitting for the rambunctious Wexler boys and, equally challenging, looking after Mrs. Randolph, her elderly, bedridden neighbor. To make matters worse, Katie has been forcibly inducted into the "e;loser"e; Girl Scout troop, compliments of her only new friend Cynthia's controlling mother. Her only saving grace is a trip to her childhood hometown in Texas, to visit her best friend Cherylanne. But people and places changeand Cherylanne is no exception. When an act of betrayal leaves Katie wondering just what friends are really for, she learns to rely on the only one left she can trust: herself.Full of the joys, anguish, and innocence of American adolescence, True to Form is a story sure to make listeners remember and reflect on their own moments of discovery and self-definition.
In this superb collection of short stories, Elizabeth Berg takes us into remarkable moments in the lives of women, when memories and events come together to create a sense of coherence, understanding, and change. In Ordinary Life, Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom for a week, shutting out her husband and the realities of their life togetherand, no, she isnt contemplating a divorce. She just needs some time to think, to take stock of her life, and to arrive, finally, at a surprising conclusion.In White Dwarf and Martins Letter to Nan, the secrets of a marriage are revealed with the sensitivity and brilliant insights about the human condition (Detroit Free Press) that have become a trademark of Bergs writing. The Charlotte Observer has said, Berg captures the way women think as well as any writer. Those qualities of wisdom and insight are everywhere present in Ordinary Life.
Radiant...startling and delicate. The Boston GlobeOn the hot Texas army base she calls home, Katie spends the lazy days of her summer waiting: waiting to grow up; waiting for Dickie Mack to fall in love with her; waiting for her breasts to blossom; waiting for the beatings to stop. Since their mother died, Katie and her older sister, Diane, have struggled to understand their increasingly distant, often violent father. While Diane escapes into the arms of her boyfriend, Katie hides in her room or escapes to her best friends houseuntil Katies admiration for her strong-willed sister leads her on an adventure that transforms her life.Written with an unerring ability to capture the sadness of growth, the pain of change, the nearly visible vibrations that connect people, this beautiful novel by the bestselling author of Open House reminds us how wonderfuland woundinga deeper understanding of life can be.Elizabeth Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love, and hope. And the transcendence that redeems."e; Andre DubusThis quietly told tale will find a place in your soul, and will stay there."e; Christopher Tilghman
Winner of the New England Book Award for FictionKatie, the narrator, has relocated to Missouri with her distant, occasionally abusive father, and she feels very much alone: her much-loved mother is dead; her new school is unaccepting of her; and her only friends fall far short of being ideal companions. When she accidentally falls through the ice while skating, she meets Jimmy. He is handsome, far older than she, and married, but she is entranced. As their relationship unfolds, so too does Katie's awareness of the pain and intensity first love can bring.Beautifully written in Berg's irresistible voice, Joy School portrays the soaring happiness of real love, the deep despair one can feel when it goes unrequited, and the stubbornness of hope that will not let us let go. Here also is recognition that love can come in many forms and offer many different things. Joy School illuminates, too, how the things that hurt the most can sometimes teach us the lessons that really matter.About Durable Goods, Elizabeth Berg's first novel, Andre Dubus said, "e;Elizabeth Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems."e; The same will be said of Joy School, Elizabeth Berg's most luminous novel to date.[A] painfully accurate tale of first love Berg can conjure character with a minimum of words and a rainbow of nuance. The reader misses Katie as soon as the book ends. Publishers Weekly, starred review
Unforgettable . . . Truth rings forth clearly from every page. . . . One minute youre laughing, the next youre crying. . . . Youll want to give a copy to every good woman friend you have. The Charlotte ObserverWhat do you say when you know you dont have forever? Ruth has been Anns closest friend for years her confidante, her solace, her comic relief, her tutor in lifes mysterious ways. So when Ruth becomes ill, Ann is there for her without question. After all, it is Ruth who encouraged Ann to become who she is, Ruth whose rebellious, eccentric spirit provided the perfect counterpoint to Anns conventional, safe outlook. And so the friends go on as they always have . . . gossiping, consoling, and sharing intimate secrets but with the knowledge that each shared evening could be their last. Acclaimed author Elizabeth Berg has created a searing novel about the strength and salvation of womens friendships. Deeply moving and surprisingly funny, Talk Before Sleep is an intimate, uncensored portrait of love and loss, struggle and resilience. Tender and irreverent by turns, [Talk Before Sleep] offers mature, intelligent and buoyant spirit, like a very good friend. Houston PostEntertaining, finely crafted . . . Berg tackles serious issues with grace. San Francisco Chronicle
A simple but intensely moving story about the redemptive power of love. [Elizabeth Berg is] a writer whose luminous prose is likely to stay with you a long, long time. Chicago TribuneIn this exquisite, emotionally rich novel, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg offers a deeply satisfying story about the bonds of love and the balm of friendship. A young man named Jay lies in a coma after suffering a freak accident, and his wife, Lainey, is the only one who believes he will recover. She sits at his bedside, bringing him reminders of the ordinary life they shared: fragrant flowers, his childrens drawings, his own softly textured shirt. When Laineys faith in his recovery falters, she is sustained by two women, Alice and Evie, who teach her about the endurance of friendshipand the genuine power of hope. Filled with beautiful writing and truths about life, Range of Motion is hard to put down and impossible to forget.A stunning, believable, funny novel that celebrates the unassuming invincibility of the human spirit. Minneapolis Star TribuneA luminous, bittersweet, almost mystical meditation on the unexpected, often hidden, joys found in the least likely of places. San Francisco ChronicleThe terrifically talented Berg at her best. People
A self-anointed spinster at fifty-one, Myra Lipinski is reasonably content with her quiet life, her dog, Frank, and her career as a visiting nurse. But everything changes when Chip Reardon, the golden boy she adored in high school, is assigned as her new patient. Choosing to forgo treatment for an incurable illness, Chip has returned to his New England hometown to spend what time he has left. Now, Myra and Chip find themselves engaged in a poignant redefinition of roles, and a complicated dance of memory, ambivalence, and longing.
Reading The Pull of the Moon is like sitting down for a long, satisfying chat with a best girlfriend. [It] pleasantly encourages readers to recover a little life-embracing enthusiasm themselves. Orlando SentinelIn the middle of her life, Nan decides to leave her husband at home and begin an impromptu trek across the country, carrying with her a turquoise leather journal she intends to fill. The Pull of the Moon is a novel about a woman coming to terms with issues of importance to all women. In her journal, Nan addresses the thorninessand the allureof marriage, the sweet ties to children, and the gifts and lessons that come from random encounters with strangers, including a handsome man appearing out of the woods and a lonely housewife sitting on her front porch steps. Most of all, Nan writes about the need for the self to stay alive. In this luminous and exquisitely written novel, Elizabeth Berg shows how sometimes you have to leave your life behind in order to find it.This is not a novel about a woman leaving home but rather about a human being finding her way back. Chicago TribuneWhen was the last time you thought about running away?. In The Pull of the Moon, Berg shares her strength, the wonderful widening of her soul so that we, too, can take the journey in the ease of our chair. Greensboro News RecordBergs gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday. The Boston Globe
From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of Home Safe and The Last Time I Saw You comes a beautiful and moving novel about a man and woman, long divorced, who rediscover the power of love and family in the midst of an unthinkable crisis. Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed that they were about to make a mistake. Years later, divorced, dating other people, and living in different parts of the country, they seem to have nothing in commonnothing except the most important person in each of their lives: Sadie, their spirited eighteen-year-old daughter. Feeling smothered by Irene and distanced from John, Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend, Ron. When tragedy strikes, Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. What takes longer is to remember how they really feel about each other. Elizabeth Berg has once again created characters who embody the many shades of the human spirit. Reading Berg's fiction allows us to reflect on our deepest emotions, and her gifts as a writer make Once Upon a Time, There Was You a wonderful novel about the power of love, the unshakeable bonds of family, and the beauty of second chances.From the Hardcover edition.
Helen Ames is drowning. Recently widowed and coping with loss and grief, her problems are compounded by a shocking discovery that her mild-mannered husband was apparently leading a double life. But at least he's left her financially secure... Or has he? Coming to terms with the fact that her retirement fund has been withdrawn without her knowing, Helen finds herself sinking even deeper. But with the help of Tessa - her beautiful, patient, twenty-seven-year-old daughter - and her host of straight-talking friends, she is forced to reassess what she knew about herself, being a mother, and what it really takes to make a home and a family.
From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and The Year of Pleasures, comes a wonderful new novel about women and men reconnecting with one anotherand themselvesat their fortieth high school reunion.To each of the men and women in The Last Time I Saw You, this reunion means something differenta last opportunity to say something long left unsaid, an escape from the bleaker realities of everyday life, a means to save a marriage on the rocks, or an opportunity to bond with a slightly estranged daughter, if only over what her mother should wear.As the onetime classmates meet up over the course of a weekend, they discover things that will irrevocably affect the rest of their lives. For newly divorced Dorothy Shauman, the reunion brings with it the possibility of finally attracting the attention of the class heartthrob, Pete Decker. For the ever self-reliant, ever left-out Mary Alice Mayhew, it's a chance to reexamine a painful past. For LesterHeseenpfeffer, a veterinarian and widower, it is the hope of talking shop with a fellow vetor at least that's what he tells himself. For Candy Armstrong, the class beauty, it's the hope of finding friendship before it is too late.As Dorothy, Mary Alice, Lester, Candy, and the other classmates converge for the reunion dinner, four decades melt away: Desires and personalities from their youth reemerge, and new discoveries are made. For so much has happened to them all. And so much can still happen.In this beautiful novel, Elizabeth Berg deftly weaves together stories of roads taken and not taken, choices made and opportunities missed, and the possibilities of second chances.From the Hardcover edition.
In this new novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Amesrecently widowed, coping with loss and grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained heris beginning to depend far too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is meddling in her life, offering unsolicited and unwelcome advice. Helens problems are compounded by her shocking discovery that her mild-mannered and loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. The Ameses had painstakingly saved for a happy retirement, but that money disappeared in several large withdrawals made by Helens husband before he died. In order to support herself and garner a measure of much needed independence, Helen takes an unusual job that ends up offering far more than she had anticipated. And then a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery that causes both mother and daughter to reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.From the Hardcover edition.
Exhilarating short stories of women breaking free from conventionEvery now and then, right in the middle of an ordinary day, a woman rebels, kicks up her heels, and commits a small act of liberation.What would you do, if you were going to break out and away? Go AWOL from Weight Watchers and spend an entire day eating every single thing you wantand then some? Start a dating service for people over fifty to reclaim the razzle-dazzle in your lifeor your marriage? Seek comfort in the face of aging, look for love in the midst of loss, find friendship in the most surprising of places? Imagine that the people in these wonderful storieswho do all of these things and moreare asking you: What would you do, if nobody was looking?From the Hardcover edition.