Illustration of woman and books.
December 11, 2013 Fresh Air's book critic says it's just a fluke that 9 of the 11 titles she picked this year were written by female authors. Her favorites include a jumbo-sized Dickensian novel, a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, a comedy of manners, a stunning Scandinavian mystery and more.
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November 5, 2013 Loosely structured as a stroll through New York City, Roger Rosenblatt's memoir includes playful, endearing anecdotes from his childhood in Gramercy Park. But critic Heller McAlpin notes that his rambling riffs and excruciatingly slow pace make it a difficult read.
Author Roger Rosenblatt with his grandson James. Rosenblatt told Melissa Block in an All Things Considered interview that he titled his book Making Toast because "it is a simple gesture of moving on."
March 2, 2010 When Roger Rosenblatt's 38-year-old daughter — a mother of three — died unexpectedly, he and his wife knew what they had to do: they packed up and moved in with their young grandchildren. In his new memoir, Rosenblatt chronicles his daughter's tragically abbreviated life and his grandkids' resilience in the face of heartbreak.
Author Roger Rosenblatt with his grandson James. Rosenblatt is a journalist and the author of many other books, including Lapham Rising.
February 11, 2010 After his daughter — a 38-year-old pediatrician with three children of her own — died of a rare heart defect, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, moved in with their son-in-law to help raise their grandchildren. His new book, Making Toast, is his account of the hurt — and humor — that followed.
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