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Mother, Daughter, Me, and Katie Hafner

A couple weeks ago, the Cleveland Plain Dealer printed my review of Katie Hafner’s new memoir Mother, Daughter, Me. I pitched it to the PD because the mother-daughter angle interests me, and, as it turned out, Katie and I have more in common than I suspected. Her mother is tactless and frequently unkind and was […]

Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day made me feel sad. Our family’s last grandmother, my step-mother-in-law Grace, died last year. Also, the news all around us conveys so much grief for and about mothers—Sandy Hook, Boston, and now Cleveland’s horrendous news of abducted and abused daughters. Happily, these Proserpinas have returned to their families, but how much horror there […]

Ann Patchett’s “Run”

Novelist Ann Patchett was here in Cleveland last week. She’s a polished, funny speaker, and the crowd loved her. I got to ask her a question about her novel Run and decided to rerun my review of that book from 2007, originally published (with some cuts) in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, below.  . Ann Patchett with […]