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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Meanwhile, Ali struggles to find a way to protectan elderly woman who's been receiving anonymous threats. She and Sister Anselm race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long--before someone comes back to bury them forever.

ISBN: 9781476745046
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Published: Touchstone Books - March 10th, 2015

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Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Kaufman’s Hill opens in the Pittsburgh of the early and mid-1960s, a threshold time just before the counter-culture arrives, and a time when suburban society begins to encroach on Kaufman’s Hill, the boy’s sanctuary and the setting of many of his adventures. As the hill and the 1950s vanish into the twilight, so does the world of the narrator’s boyhood. The narrator’s world is a mix of exhilarating freedom—because of absent parents, teachers, and priests—and imminent dangers. And his home life is problematic. The narrator observes his taciturn father as he copes with manic behaviors and cyclically repeating problems, while his mother struggles to better the life not just of her young son, but that of her African American cleaning woman in a time of racial animosity and racially-related urban violence. The boy watches his parents with eyes too young to truly understand, and is increasingly disappointed by his father who becomes more remote and who rarely speaks to him. As the narrator matures his self-concept shifts within a widening world that includes disconcerting sexual experiences with public school girls, and his struggle to frame himself within the realm of the Catholic Church. He finds flaws with all but one religious figure who is a sublime and mystical presence in his life. The narrator joins sports teams that bring him back to the same kind of childhood “friends” he wanted to escape, and he questions whether he, himself, could act like a bully. When he begins high school, the narrator, at a dramatic moment, leaves boyhood behind. Novelist Tim O’Brien claims that “Kaufman’s Hill is among the most touching, sensitive, and spellbinding memoirs I’ve encountered in many years. Beautifully and exactly written, this book will surely reach into the hearts of its readers. I was deeply moved.”

ISBN: 9781610881531
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Published: Bancroft Press - March 2015