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Alison McGhee

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Alison McGhee writes novels, picture books, poems, and essays for all ages, including the forthcoming novel Never Coming Back (out in October 2017) and the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller SOMEDAY, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. She lives in Minneapolis, California and Vermont.

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Alison McGhee Dear Gwen, both my grandmothers were healthy when I was Eddie and Sally's age, but my best friend from childhood did go through treatment for cancer.…moreDear Gwen, both my grandmothers were healthy when I was Eddie and Sally's age, but my best friend from childhood did go through treatment for cancer. So I drew from that experience when I was writing "Snap." Thank you for your question!(less)
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img_5353Young woman across the street, waving and calling to me as I trudge through the snowdrifts on the way home from my astonishingly wonderful church for the non-churchy, where I go seeking solidarity amongst my equally post-election troubled neighbors and friends: “Mama! Mama!”


Me, calling back: “I’m not your mama!”


YW: “Thank you, mama, come here!”


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October 2009, Alison McGhee
" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? AM: Reflective, searching, busy, full of wonder and love SS: What is your motto or maxim? AM: Here's what I put in my high school yearbook, and I do believe it's what I'd still put today..." ...More

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Alison McGhee and 12 other people liked Lynn Plourde's review of Maybe a Fox:
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt
"Maybe a Fox . . . Maybe a Newbery . . . if I had a vote.

Yup, it's that good! Yup, a book with two authors is eligible for a Newbery (I know, not because I'm a kennen, but because I checked the criteria). The only Newbery problem I foresee is ther..." Read more of this review »
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Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee
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This lovely, gentle picture book subtly addresses a child's fears and worries in a troubled world (9/11). A walk first with her father, then her mother, then on her own with her across the hall friend soothe the child by helping her understand that e ...more
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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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Stayed up late to finish A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (published a few years ago). Such a wonderful novel, told in multiple points of view, in multiple settings, about lives that intersect and overlap over approximately fifty years.

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Stayed up late to finish A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (published a few years ago). Such a wonderful novel, told in multiple points of view, in multiple settings, about lives that intersect and overlap over approximately fifty years.

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Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
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This funny, painful, terrific novel toggles back and forth over a fifteen-year period in the life of a young woman who had an affair with a Congressman and then, when word of it leaked out, was scorned, humiliated and publicly abased. (If the story l ...more
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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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This is one of the best books I've ever read, a magical blend of memoir and science and environmental observation. I was moved to tears in a few places by both the beauty of Macdonald's language and the depth of love she bears for both her hawk and h ...more
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“You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.”
Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea

“Your heart literally hurts when it's breaking. You can feel it, every beat another ache, and nothing you can do will stop it, either from beating or breaking.”
Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea
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“Don't hurt someone who cares about you like that. You're not the only person in the world who's ever been hurt. Don't be cruel. Don't go breaking someone else's heart in the hope that you'll feel better. Becaues you won't.”
Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea

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What book should we read in October?

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Goodbye Stranger (write-in)
 
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