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Susan Kietzman

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Susan Kietzman grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. She went to Connecticut College, where her mother, aunt, and grandmother went before her. After graduation, she worked in Manhattan just long enough to realize that she feels more at home in the country than in the city. This conviction did not prevent her from going to journalism school at Boston University. Kietzman next moved
to Mystic, CT, where she worked at a weekly and then a daily newspaper. Along the way, she met and married Ted and had three sons.

The family spent time in Aurora, Ontario, and then moved Midland, Michigan, where Kietzman wrote fiction in the early morning, taught English composition at a community college, and worked for various public relations firms, creatin
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Susan Kietzman My mom and her two sisters share a cottage on the Connecticut shoreline. I have been spending time there every summer since I was born. I knew at some…moreMy mom and her two sisters share a cottage on the Connecticut shoreline. I have been spending time there every summer since I was born. I knew at some point, I would write about it. This family cottage is as much a character in my latest novel, The Summer Cottage, as the humans who inhabit it!(less)
Susan Kietzman Summertime is a very productive reading time for me. I'm not always that productive in other areas of my life, which is why I can devote more time to…moreSummertime is a very productive reading time for me. I'm not always that productive in other areas of my life, which is why I can devote more time to books - I allow myself more time to read. Perhaps this is because I take vacation time in the summer. And part of vacation is reading under an umbrella at the beach or on my shaded front porch.
I'm currently reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; it's an important story and he tells it both beautifully and honestly. Next up is Elizabeth Strout's Anything is Possible, followed by Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. I heard author Kory Stamper interviewed on the radio and was intrigued. My husband gave me these two books for my birthday. My mother gave me The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro, so I'll read this, too. After this may come The Little Locksmith, a memoir by Katharine Butler Hathaway. It's a book that has been on my to-read shelf for a while, and I think it's time has come. I may also read a book that a friend or family member puts into my hands and says, "You must read this."(less)
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Winter Beach

At this time of year, I dream about the summer beach and its welcome assault on my senses: the smell of coconut sunscreen and burgers on the grill; the sound of the season’s Top 40 hits, blended conversations, and gleeful shrieks from the water; the taste of melting ice cream bars and ice-cold Diet Coke; the sensation of sand running through my fingers or scratching the soles of my feet; and th... Read more of this blog post »
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I love Leif Enger's writing. His descriptions are ambiguously exact, and his command of English is powerful and playful. His characters are more real than breathing humans, and his settings are remote, charming, wild, and warm. The sole reason I didn ...more
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Vroooom! This novel about NASCAR life is a quick, fun read, with quirky characters, and a storyline that draws the reader into the non-stop action. Life off the track can also be dangerous and unpredictable - so fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the DRI ...more
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I read this book, which is 559 pages, in a week - which tells you something about its readability. It's about five students, attending a small college in Vermont, and a murder that unites and divides them. And Tartt does a great job of outlining the ...more
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A fascinating book about how and why our traditional sources of food are disappearing - and what kinds of nutritious "foods" are and will supplement and replace them. Little travels around the country and the globe to talk with scientists, farmers, e ...more
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“Claire was the only one who called it the Gaines cottage, but she did so less and less frequently, as it was never acknowledged, and, obviously, never took. Helen grabbed the collapsible, aluminum wheelchair from the back of the car and placed it next to the rear passenger door. She pushed and pulled it into shape and then set its brakes. She then gently opened the door that held Claire’s heavy head and twig-like body. “Mother,” she said quietly. “Mother, we’re here.” Claire opened her eyes and blinked several times before speaking. “Where,” she said, eyes closed again. “At the cottage.” Helen supported her”
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