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Jan Maher

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Jan C. Maher (b. 1946) is an American writer and educational consultant. She has written numerous plays and books including Most Dangerous Women (2006, 2015, 2017) and two novels, Heaven, Indiana (2000) and Earth As It Is (2017). She is a featured contributor in the fiction anthology A Contract of Words, and has several short stories and poems in online and print journals including Meat for Tea: The Valley Review and Straw Dog Poetry Anthology: Compass Roads: A dispatch from Paradise/Poems about the Pioneer Valley .

She attended Shimer College, and earned degrees from The New School, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and The Union Institute and University. She is co-founder and director of Local Access, a non-profit organizatio
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Jan Maher My reading list for the summer is very eclectic.

First, I intend to re-read:
Kinship of Clover, by Ellen Meeropol because I want to write a review of it…more
My reading list for the summer is very eclectic.

First, I intend to re-read:
Kinship of Clover, by Ellen Meeropol because I want to write a review of it and I generally read a book twice when I write a review.

The t/b/r pile breaks down into a few different categories. The first two represent my interest in reading books by people I've met, either online or in person.

Books by local (MA) authors whom I’ve met at readings, book fairs, open mic events, or via email:
Sticks and Bones by Richard Horton
Waving Back by Gail Thomas
May We Be Like the Penguin by Marian Kelner
Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House by Tzivia Gover
Lillian in Love by Sue Katz

Books by online friends:
Soul Doubt by D. Hart St. Martin
Amber’s Ace by Taryn Kincaid

Then there's the books people have recommended to me:

Books friends have mentioned on Facebook:
Sister Gin by June Arnold
Kind One by Laird Hunt
Click Song by John A. Williams

Books recommended by my sister, who is/was a librarian:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Books recommended by friends (including my spouse) and colleagues:
The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnerman

A book on the list because I liked his earlier book and am fascinated by recent research in innovative ways to help people recover from stroke and other brain insults:
The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge
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Jan Maher Right now, I'd have to say it's Charlie/Charlene and Minnie, in my novel Earth As It Is. If I went into detail about the "why" of my response it would…moreRight now, I'd have to say it's Charlie/Charlene and Minnie, in my novel Earth As It Is. If I went into detail about the "why" of my response it would be a spoiler, I'm afraid.

I've been thinking of other fictional couples for the past week, since this question was posed. None so far has risen to a "favorite" level, but I'll keep mulling it over!(less)
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I read the first two stories while waiting in a doctor’s office.
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