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Schauplatz des Romandebüts von Carol Goodman ist das Mädcheninternat Heart Lake, welches an einem eisigen See mitten in den Adirondacks gelegen ist. Vor 20 Jahren hat Jane während ihrer Schulzeit hier ihre besten Freunde verloren. Jetzt kehrt sie mit ihrer Tochter als Lateinlehrerin an die Schule zurück. Plötzlich tauchen an den verschiedensten Orten Zeichen aus Janes Vergangenheit auf, wie zum Beispiel Seiten aus ihrem verschollenen Tagebuch. Eine Schülerin unternimmt einen Selbstmordversuch. Die tragischen Ereignisse von damals scheinen sich zu wiederholen. Jane muss sich mit ihrer Vergangenheit auseinandersetzen, denn es scheint, als hätte jemand die Sünden von damals weder vergessen noch vergeben. Ein etwas unheimlicher Schauplatz, merkwürdige Rituale, Geheimnisse aus der Vergangenheit die richtige Mixtur für einen spannenden Roman im CampusMilieu. Alle Leser, die zum Beispiel "Die geheime Geschichte" von Donna Tartt (BA 7/93) mit atemloser Spannung gelesen haben, werden auch dieses Buch gerne ausleihen.
On a spring day in 1993, Nancy Abrams helped her daughter dress for day care, packed her lunch, and said good-bye. Next she drove to court, where she learned that in the eyes of the law she was nothing more than “a biological stranger” to the child she helped bring into the world and raise. That was the last time she would see her daughter or hear her voice for five years. The Other Mother begins as Abrams and her female lover decide to start a family together. With giddy anticipation, they search for a sperm donor, shop for baby clothes and crib, and attend childbirth classes. But despite their high hopes, the relationship begins to fall apart, and they separate when their daughter is a toddler. Problems between the two intensify until, shortly before her daughter’s fifth birthday, Abrams loses custody. In unprecedented depth, Abrams’s compelling narrative examines the social, legal, and political implications of gay and lesbian parenting. Her haunting memoir asks the question, “What makes a mother?” It is a question that biological parents, co-parents, adoptive parents, step-parents, and divorced parents must each answer in their own way. In telling one woman’s story, The Other Mother makes a solid case for legal protections, including marriage, for lesbian and gay families.
A 2006 Lambda Literary finalist in the LGBT anthology category After author Harlyn Aizley gave birth to her daughter, she watched in unanticipated horror as her partner scooped up the baby and said, "I'm your new mommy!" While they both had worked to find the perfect sperm donor, Aizley had spent nine months carrying the baby and hours in labor, so how could her partner claim to be their child's mommy? Many diapers later, Aizley began to appreciate the complexity of her partner's new role as the other mother. Together, they searched for stories about families like their own, in which a woman has chosen to forgo her own birth experience so that she might support her partner in hers. They found very few. Now, in Confessions of the Other Mother, Aizley has put together an exciting collection of personal stories by women like her partner who are creating new parenting roles, redefining motherhood, and reshaping our view of two-parent families. Contributors include Hillary Goodridge, who was one of the lead plaintiffs in the case for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, stand-up comedian Judy Gold, and psychologist and author Suzanne M. Johnson. This candid peek into a previously unexamined side of lesbian parenting is full of stories that are sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, but at all times celebratory. Each parenting tale sheds light on the many facets of motherhood, offering gay and straight readers alike a deeper understanding of what it means to love and parent in the twenty-first century. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Amanda is a successful book editor at a prominent publishing house in New York City. Thea is a stay-at-home mother of three who has never really left the community in which she grew up. Amanda, eight months’ pregnant with her first child, and her husband move in next door to Thea and her family, and the two women find themselves both drawn to and repelled by each other and their opposing choices in the constant struggle to balance career and family life. When a disaster forces Amanda and her family to take refuge in Thea’s home, the underlying tensions simmering between them are forced to the surface-and even more so when Thea fills in as Amanda’s temporary nanny. But once dead animals start appearing on Thea’s front porch-surely a macabre gift from Amanda?-the battle with “the other mother” begins in earnest. With a keen eye for what pulls us apart and what brings us together, Gwendolen Gross has created a stunning, dark, suspenseful novel that is as brave as it is shocking. From the Hardcover edition.
Bruce discusses how, as a young television reporter, she met Miller, beginning a relationship that changed her life, and recounts Miller's career as a dancer and dance teacher, her relationship with her husband Duncan, and their deaths.
This thoughtful, understanding book gently helps in-laws to understand themselves, each other and their precarious relationship. The book is addressed directly to mothers-in-law, but is valuable reading for all of us with mothers-in-law. A chapter on the role of mothers-in-law in different cultures offer concrete suggestions for those involved in cross-cultural marriages.
Recounts the author's experiences in coming to terms with a new husband, his three difficult children, severely upset over the breakup of their family, and herself

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