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Kent State Stark Library Book Club
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Meeting will be held in the Library.
More by Ann Leary
The Good House by
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
As a lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, Hildy Good knows pretty much everything about everyone. She’s a successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother — and an alcoholic. Her nights have become lonely since her daughters staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab. Now she’s in recovery.
Outtakes from a Marriage by
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joe’s finally made it; he’s the star of a hit TV show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love. Or so Julia thinks until the fateful evening when she accidentally hears a voice mail on Joe’s phone—a message left by a sultry-sounding woman who clearly isn’t just a friend. Suddenly Julia is in a tailspin, compulsively checking Joe’s messages, stalking him in cyberspace, and showing up unannounced on his sets, wondering all along if she should confront him. "A sparkling debut novel...a bittersweet tale about love, marriage, and the perils of fame." —People "Sprightly ... you'll keep reading."—Entertainment Weekly "How does a free spirit turned wife and mother cope with her actor husband's infidelity?...With tears, irreverent humor and, ultimately, a reaffirmed sense of self...A witty take on marital survival in Manhattan—with heart." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
An Innocent, a Broad by
Publication Date: 2005-04-12
When Ann Leary and her husband, then unknown actor-comedian Denis Leary, flew to London in the early nineties for a brief getaway during Ann's second trimester of pregnancy, neither anticipated the adventure that was in store for them. The morning after their arrival, Ann's water broke as they strolled through London's streets. A week later their son, Jack, was born weighing only two pounds, six ounces, and it would be five long months before mother and son could return to the States. In the meantime, Ann became an unwitting yet grateful hostage to Britain's National Health Service -- a stranger in a strange land plunged abruptly into a world of breast pumps and midwives, blood oxygen levels, mad cow disease, and poll tax riots. Desperately worried about the health of her baby, Ann struggled to adapt to motherhood and make sense of a very different culture. At once an intimate family memoir, a lively travelogue, and a touching love story, An Innocent, a Broad is utterly engaging and unforgettable.
Library Book Club Pick for April 2016
The Children by
Publication Date: 2016-05-24
From New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary comes the captivating story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet. Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother’s home, the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and the generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at “Lakeside,” their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. Now the grown boys own the estate, which Joan occupies by their grace—and a provision in the family trust. When Spin, the youngest and favorite of all the children, brings his fiancé home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. The beautiful and accomplished Laurel Atwood breathes new life into this often comically rarefied world. But as the wedding draws near, and flaws surface in the family’s polite veneer, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths is exposed. With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on one blended family, as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities – both material and psychological – left behind by their wonderfully flawed patriarch.
More About the Author
Ann Leary is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, THE GOOD HOUSE, as well as the novel OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE and the memoir, AN INNOCENT, A BROAD. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages and she has written for the New York Times, Ploughshares, National Public Radio, Redbook, Real Simple among other publications.
Her new novel, THE CHILDREN will be published in May of 2016.
THE GOOD HOUSE is currently in development for a feature film produced by Tribeca Productions and Filmnation.
Ann and her husband Denis Leary live on a small farm in northwestern Connecticut.