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Award-winning author Lois Leveen dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet. A confirmed book geek, Lois earned degrees in history and literature from Harvard, the University of Southern California, and UCLA, and taught at UCLA and at Reed College. In addition to her novels JULIET'S NURSE and THE SECRETS OF MARY BOWSER, she has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and her poetry and essays have appeared in numerous books, literary journals, and on NPR. Lois gives talks about history and literature at libraries, bookstores, universities, museums, teacher training programs, and conferences throughout the world. She lives in a bright green house ...more

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Lois Leveen OF COURSE!!!! Shakespeare gave me the greatest gift anyone can give an author: the inspiration for an entire book. In ROMEO AND JULIET, he gives the…moreOF COURSE!!!! Shakespeare gave me the greatest gift anyone can give an author: the inspiration for an entire book. In ROMEO AND JULIET, he gives the nurse, Angelica, the largest number of speeches after the title characters. He tells us she has this amazing backstory -- her own daughter was born at the same time as Juliet but died, and in her grief she gets this other baby to love and nurture but in whose household she is merely a servant. And he makes her funny, tragic, poignant, everything you want in a character. I loved telling her story in my novel JULIET'S NURSE, and I loved having Shakespeare as my 'collaborator.'(less)
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What a pleasure to be an early reader. Mary Volmer offers such lush language -- and this story about nineteenth-century women struggling to achieve the right to vote is so perfect for this election year!
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