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

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

DEATH COME QUICKLY,#22 in the China Bayles series

THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE SILVER DOLLAR BUSH, #5 in the Darling Dahlias series, set in the early 1930s in fictional Darling AL (coming 9/2014)

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

DEATH ON THE LIZARD, the 12th and last (2006) of the Robin Paige series, by Susan and Bill Albert



WORK OF HER OWN: A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO RIGHT LIVELIHOOD (reissue coming in late 20...more

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Susan Wittig Albert I don't believe in it, Ev! I tell my writing students: Write what you want to find out, what you want to learn, what you want to explore. Write to…moreI don't believe in it, Ev! I tell my writing students: Write what you want to find out, what you want to learn, what you want to explore. Write to discover, rather than to report. If you always "write what you know," how can you ever grow into something new, different, challenging?

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Susan Wittig Albert For years, I've been fascinated by the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and AP journalist Lorena Hickok--I'm planning to write about it. My…moreFor years, I've been fascinated by the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and AP journalist Lorena Hickok--I'm planning to write about it. My primarily research includes the letters held at the FDR Library in Hyde Park and many secondary sources. This fits into my other Depression-era research, so I'm not exactly starting from scratch. Interesting pair!(less)
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The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: The country may be struggling through the Great Depression, but the good ladies of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their chins up and their town beautiful. Their garden club, the Darling Dahlias, has just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees in full bloom. But life in Darling is not all garden parties and pretty dresses. When local blond bombshell Bunny Scott is found in a suspicious car wreck, the Dahlias decide to dig into the town's buried secrets, and club members Lizzy, Ophelia, and Verna soon find leads sprouting up faster than weeds. The town is abuzz with news of an escaped convict from the prison farm, rumors of trouble at the bank, and tales of a ghost heard digging around the cucumber tree. If anyone can get to the root of these mysteries, it's the Darling Dahlias.
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The Making of FDR by Linda Lotridge Levin
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Detailed, in-depth, but easy-to-read biography of Steve Early, FDR's press secretary. Especially interesting because FDR was the first president to use the media to get elected AND to stay in office, and Early (a former AP journalist with connections...more
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"Fred wrote: "Got it yesterday!! Looking forward to reading it."

Glad to hear from you, Fred--hope you like it.That book was a labor of love...
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Mother and Daughter by Eleanor Roosevelt
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ER's life in the context of her relationship with her daughter Anna, revealed in their letters, spanning 50 years. Being the only daughter of a famous power couple was difficult, as the letters show. Introduction and chapter notes provide historical/...more
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No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Excellent biography, very readable. Provides more historical and social context than the other bios. Especially helpful in her coverage of ER's role as a political partner.
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Empty without You by Rodger Streitmatter
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Loved this long, intimate look into an evolving relationship between two remarkable women. From passion to deep friendship at a fascinating time in American history. Streitmatter provides an excellent general introduction and helpful chapter introduc...more
"Kait wrote: "I'm knee deep in [image]. It presents a more social view of Eleanor and her relationships and causes whic..."

One of my favorites, too, Ka...more
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Invincible summer by Kenneth Sydney Davis
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The "ER story," from the point of view of Eleanor's friend, Marion Dickerman. ER, Dickerman, and Dickerman's life partner, Nancy (Nan) Cook, became close friends in 1922, when ER was beginning to be active in New York Democratic politics. The book do...more
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Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash
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Revealing, intimate biography that places ER in the context of her marriage, written by a close friend. Pays detailed attention to phases of ER's life up to FDR's death, but slights important friendships, such as Dickerman/Cook, Miller, Hickok (publi...more
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Sara and Eleanor by Jan Pottker
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A dual biography of the two Roosevelt women and their famously contentious relationship. Nothing much new here, although it's helpful to have more about the Delano family line than is usually offered. Unfortunately, the author chooses sides, attempti...more
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Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol 1, 1884-1933 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
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Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand ER's life and times. The very best and most complete biography (vol. 1 of 2, soon to be 3).
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“One person's weed is another person's wildflower.”
Susan Wittig Albert, An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries

“The worst thing about talk ... is that there's no way to lay it to rest. Every fresh breeze brings a new speculation.”
Susan Wittig Albert, The Tale of Hill Top Farm

“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.”
Susan Wittig Albert, Wormwood


For March 2012 we are going to read one new (to me) series that I pick -- and you are going to pick one of my favorite older series that are still actively being written, by voting here!

China Bayles series #1 Thyme of Death (China Bayles, #1) by Susan Wittig Albert Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert,
current rating 3.73, #21 in series will be out in March - herb store
  9 votes, 39.1%

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
  6 votes, 26.1%

Meg Langslow series #1 Murder With Peacocks (Meg Langslow, #1) by Donna AndrewsMurder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews,
current rating 3.85 and #14 in series so far - decorative ironworker
  4 votes, 17.4%

Benni Harper series #1 Fool's Puzzle (A Benni Harper Mystery #1) by Earlene Fowler Fool's Puzzle by Earlene Fowler,
current rating 3.86, 15 in series so far - folk art museum curator/quilting
  4 votes, 17.4%

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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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