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Susan Wittig Albert

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Susan is the author/co-author of biographical/historical fiction, mysteries, and nonfiction.

THE GENERAL'S WOMEN. Kay, Mamie, and Ike--the wartime romance that could have derailed a presidency. (Coming March 7, 2017)

LOVING ELEANOR: A novel about the intimate 30-year friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, based on their letters

A WILDER ROSE: the true story of Rose Wilder Lane, who transformed her mother from a farm wife and occasional writer to a literary icon

BLOOD ORANGE,#24 in the China Bayles series

THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE ELEVEN O'CLOCK LADY, #6 in the Darling Dahlias series, set in the early 1930s in fictional Darling AL (coming 9/2015)

THE TALE OF CASTLE COTTAGE, #8 in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

DEATH ON THE LIZARD
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“Does that mean you're prepared to deal with whatever turns up? People aren't sometimes. When they learn the real truth, they're all of a sudden content to live with a lie.”
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current rating 3.73, #21 in series will be out in March - herb store
 
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Death on Demand series #1 Death on Demand (Death on Demand, #1) by Carolyn Hart Death on Demand by Carolyn Hart,
current rating 3.73, #22 in series out in April - bookstore owner
 
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current rating 3.85 and #14 in series so far - decorative ironworker
 
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“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.”
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“The truest art I would strive for in any work would be to give the page the same qualities as earth: weather would land on it harshly, light would elucidate the most difficult truths; wind would sweep away obtuse padding. Finally, the lessons of impermanence taught me this: loss constitutes an odd kind of fullness; despair empties out into an unquenchable appetite for life.”
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message 4: by John (last edited Sep 20, 2016 11:57AM)

John Bohnert Did you know that the long-awaited third volume of Blanche W. Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt is being published November 1, 2016?


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Susan Albert Stephanie wrote: ""And thus the riddle of the sphinx
A spider web that floats like gossamer"
Hello! Stephanie"


Have one of those gorgeous webs outside my kitchen window, spun by a Golden Orb spider...


Stephanie Foster "And thus the riddle of the sphinx
A spider web that floats like gossamer"
Hello! Stephanie


Melissa (ladybug) Thank you for becoming my friend on Goodreads. :)


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