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“Difficult Women,” by Roxanne Gay
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Award-winning author Roxanne Gay follows two previous best sellers with a collection of narratives about women with a broad range of life experience. A pair of grown sisters have been inseparable since their abduction together as children and now face adulthood and marriage; a woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other; a stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer; a black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, the stories create a portrait of womanhood in modern America.
“From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars,” by Virginia Hanlon Grohl
Although the Grohl family grew up singing together on long car trips, Virginia Grohl never expected her son to become a musician, let alone a rock star. But when she saw him perform in front of thousands of screaming fans for the first time, she knew that it was meant to be. As Virginia watched her son’s star rise, she wondered about other mothers who raised sons and daughters who became rock stars. Were they as surprised as she about their children’s fame? Did they worry about their children’s livelihood and well-being in an industry fraught with drugs and other dangers? Did they encourage their children’s passions despite the odds against success or attempt to dissuade them? Do they remind their kids to pack a warm coat when they go on tour? Virginia sought out other rock star mothers to ask these questions, and over the course of a two-year odyssey, interviewed such women as Verna Griffin, Dr. Dre’s mother; Marianne Stipe, Michael Stipe of REM’s mother; Janis Winehouse, Amy Winehouse’s mother; Patsy Noah, Adam Levine’s mother; Donna Haim, mother of the Haim sisters; Hester Diamond, Mike D of The Beastie Boys’ mother. Includes exclusive family photos for mother and rock fans alike.