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A retired social worker, specializing in child welfare services, I have brought my professional and personal experiences to my five novels and assorted short stories. 

On Amazon.com, my five novels are:  "An Accidental Life," "Embrace the Whirlwind," "Chasing Stardust," "Miles to Go," and "Web … more

reviewed Sweetheart. July 09, 2009
   Connected by a strange and pathological obsession, the cop and the woman known as the Beauty Killer are in another cat-and-mouse game in Sweetheart, the sequel to Chelsea Cain's Heartsick. …
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted
            Elizabeth Berg's charming collection of stories, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation, is all about real-life experiences, …
reviewed Confessions of a Shopaholic. July 02, 2009
Confessions of a Shopaholic
   I am a big fan of Kinsella's "Shopaholic" books, so I was hoping that this film would bring some of that humor and the sheer audacity of the characters to the big screen. And while …
reviewed The Neighbor. June 30, 2009
Lisa Gardner's The Neighbor
               When a young wife and mother disappears one night, several possible suspects begin to emerge. Of course, the husband is the first "person …
reviewed The Bright Side of Disaster: A Novel. June 27, 2009
The Bright Side of Disaster - Novel
            What happens to a woman on the verge of giving birth, while her fiancé continues acting as if he is still an adolescent boy? The answers form …
reviewed Moon Shell Beach: A Novel. June 26, 2009
Moon Shell Beach
A predictably comforting "beach" read, "Moon Shell Beach" brings to the reader all the ordinary elements of such a tale--friendship, betrayals, redemption--with the satisfying culmination …
reviewed He's Just Not That Into You. June 18, 2009
Is  He's Just Not That Into You a predictable chick flick, or does this movie have something important to say about contemporary relationships?     You will probably have to decide …
Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
From the author of "Running with Scissors: A Memoir" and "Dry: A Memoir," we are now gifted with another piece of the puzzle. Oftentimes, a tragic childhood is recounted once, but this author has granted …
reviewed Epilogue: A Memoir. June 14, 2009
            In the first year of her life after the death of her spouse—of almost forty years—author Anne Roiphe must face all the usual phases of loss …
reviewed Die For You: A Novel. June 11, 2009
Die For You
From the streets and neighborhoods of Manhattan to the cobbled pathways of Prague, the author skillfully leads the reader--sometimes along circuitous routes--until finally, as the story comes to a close, …
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January 15, 2010
Hi Lorraine! Interested in what's new at Lunch since the last time your were here? I think the new micro review feature (140 characters or less) is a ton of fun! Have you seen the new lists? Check out @jbeswick's list Top Ten Things I Hope Disappear in 2010. You should also take a look at all the new book reviews written while you were out! Have fun exploring the new features and send any questions my way :) 
April 18, 2009
Thank you, EcoMama! I will check out those sites...
April 18, 2009
Hello Lorraine! Those are very interesting novels, it is great that you are using your life experience to write such meaningful books. My parents also have 7 grandchildren, one of them being my daughter who is only 3 months old. If you are interested in internet exploration I think you will enjoy these reviews of a few great websites: 1,000 Awesome Things, Grist, and Etsy.
April 17, 2009
Thanks for checking. Everything is going great! I'm totally loving exploring the site...
April 17, 2009
hey Laurel! I just wanted to check in on you to see how you're liking the site and to see if you had any questions or problems...
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