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Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-life Parenthood
edited by Camille Peri and Kate Moses (Villard $22.95)

I was thrilled beyond words to have a room sans telephone on my recent vacation in Mexico, until I was about one third of the way through my beach read, Mothers Who Think. I simply had to call Amy to read her Sallie Tisdale's paean to teenage boys, so she could cry with me. Between us we have five sons and five million tears, both sweet and pungent.

 
 

 

Music for Torching
by A. M. Homes (Rob Weisbach Books/Morrow $26)

Following up her controversial novel of pedophilia, The End of Alice, A. M. Homes offers another unsettling tale of life in modern America. In Music for Torching, forty-somethings Elaine and Paul are suffering through the blind complicity of an unhappy marriage in the suburbs of New York City. One summer evening, instead of grilling weenies on the Weber, they take the outrageous step of setting the whole house ablaze and hitting the road with their two young sons. They get as far as a nearby motel before guilt and habit drive them back and they begin the task of rebuilding. Then the real devastation hits.

 
 

 

Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation
by Karla Jay (Basic Books $25)

In the prologue to Tales of the Lavender Menace, Karla Jay explains her purpose: to illustrate "how a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn became a radical lesbian/feminist." But what she offers is more aptly stated in the epilogue: "to portray the spirit of the times--the 'feel' of the era." In this interesting but frustrating and sometimes self-important autobiography, Jay paints a colorful picture of the political and social landscape of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

 

 
 

 

Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland, and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut, 1854Ð1868
edited by Farah Jasmine Griffin (Alfred A. Knopf $26)

For anyone interested in U.S. history, lesbian/gay studies, or writing by black women, Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends is a revelation. Editor Farah Jasmine Griffin has recovered letters by Rebecca Primus, an educator and member of a prominent black Connecticut family, and by Addie Brown, an itinerant domestic who was Primus' longtime friend and, very likely, her lover. The result is a remarkable collection that is alternately surprising and frustrating.

 
 
           
     

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