The Cloister by James Carroll

On a rainy day in November 1950, Father Michael Kavanagh seeks refuge in New York's famed Cloisters Museum of medieval art at the northern tip of Manhattan. There he meets a mysterious woman who turns out to be a Jewish historian and Holocaust survivor. One of the few possessions she managed to salvage from the ravages of... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month: Remembering Bess Houdini

Conversation about Bess Houdini between Victoria Kelly, author of Mrs. Houdini, and Rebecca Rosenberg, author of The Secret Life of Mrs. London Rebecca: In your research about Bess Houdini, what did you did you discover about her personality traits? Victoria: It's ironic that Bess Houdini kind of melted into the background of Houdini's legacy, because... Continue Reading →

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

Modern Girls, a novel about a mother and daughter who find themselves in a family way in the 1930s New York, could easily have been yet another feel-good story where the heroine makes the right decision after a bit of hand-wringing, and all is well. But life is messy, and choices are rarely black-and-white. Thankfully,... Continue Reading →

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