DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES COOKIN UP TROUBLE_ The Housewife Blues by by ghkgkyyt


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                               DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
                                COOKIN’ UP TROUBLE!

The Housewife Blues by Warren Adler                                       [F/ADL]
  Jenny, a “nice” girl from the Midwest is swept off her feet by a handsome
  advertising executive and whisked from her small town into the super-charged
  world of New York City. A control freak, her new husband warns her to beware
  of strangers and avoid making friends. Jenny’s journey of self-discovery from
  naiveté into disenchantment to eventual wisdom is wonderfully wrought and
  builds to an astonishing climax.

Brick Lane by Monica Ali                                     [LP/F/ALI][F/ALI]
  A young woman from Bangladesh lives her life as girls from her village are
  supposed to do – as an obedient wife and mother – until she realizes she has
  control of her own destiny.

Inappropriate Man by Stacey Ballis                                             [F/BAL]
  With her marriage spiraling toward divorce, sexually confident and
  unapologetically sized-24 Sidney Stein finds herself drawn into an illicit affair
  with Geoffrey Fahl who is not only married and twenty years her senior, but also
  her father’s business partner. Perilously close to falling in love with this man who
  is so very wrong for her and knowing there is no future in the relationship, Sidney
  decides it’s time to turn her life around.

Open House by Elizabeth Berg                                   [CAS/F/BER][F/BER]
  Samantha’s husband has left her and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany’s,
  she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son.
  Samantha realizes that her real work is to emerge from grief and the past, and
  learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to
  look within her heart.

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The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg                         [LP/F/BER][FBER]
  This is a novel about a woman coming to terms with issues of importance to all
  women. Nan addresses the thorniness and the allure of marriage; the sweet ties to
  children; the gifts and lessons that come from random encounters with strangers,
  be they a handsome man appearing out of the woods or a lonely housewife sitting
  on her front porch steps. Most of all, Nan writes about the need for the self to
  stay alive.

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy                                                   [FBIN]
  Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny and their two
  children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day
  Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a
  chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to
  come to terms with her only son’s death and now separated from her husband.
  The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary
  consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be

The Passion of Dellie O’Barr by Cindy Bonner                                 [F/BON]
  This is a story of a singular woman’s life and of the lives of the two men she
  chooses as lovers. One, Andrew Ashland, is a dynamic political crusader. The
  other, Daniel O’Barr, is the man she leaves behind, the man who waits for her to
  come back home and stands by her when she returns to the scandalized town of

A False Sense Of Well Being by Jeanne Braselton                             [F/BRA]
  After eleven years of marriage, thirty-eight-year-old Jessie Maddox finds herself
  in the middle of a midlife crisis as she begins to experience a number of dark
  fantasies about her husband’s untimely end.

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan [LP/F/BUC][F/BUC]
  Her happy marriage and successful career falling apart after twenty-five years,
  Rose Lloyd struggles with the prospect of starting over until the reappearance of
  an old flame.

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The Trouble With Harriet by Dorothy Cannell                                     [M/CAN]
  All Ellie Haskell wants is a romantic getaway with her husband. Their bags are
  all packed for a trip to France, until the arrival of Ellie’s long-lost father, toting
  the ashes of his platinum blond lady love Harriet. But when an accident makes
  her father a murder suspect, Ellie must ask herself: is he a pawn in a deadly

The Awakening by Kate Chopin                                    [LP/F/CHO][F/CHO]
  With an effortless, sure handed artistry, the author takes her New Orleans heroine,
  Edna Pontellier, through the successive stages of a compelling but ultimately
  tragic search for personal freedom. This book, in its frank, unapologetic
  treatment of the subject of adultery, was so far ahead of it’s time that it aroused,
  on its publication in 1899, a storm of controversy violent enough to end its
  author’s young career.

Rockville Pike by Susan Coll                            [LP/F/COL][NB/F/COL]
  This is a hilarious offbeat story of a middle-aged woman struggling to maintain
  her sanity amid soccer fields and suburban sprawl and a house full of reject

Amanda bright@home by Danielle Crittenden                                [F/CRI]
 Amanda Bright’s college degree from an elite university didn’t prepare her for
 changing diapers or removing peanut butter from her daughter’s hair. Once on
 the career track, she’s now “@home,” putting the needs of her son and daughter
 first. Amanda picks her way through a minefield of scattered toys and dreams
 and struggles to embrace the demanding and sometimes demented life that’s hers.

The Summer I Dared by Barbara Delinsky                        [LP/F/DEL][F/DEL]
  Julie Bechtel, who has survived a horrific boating accident along with Noah Prine
  and Kim Colella, realizes that there is more to her than she ever imagined.

The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres            [LP/F/DES]
  Stifled in Gentry, Louisiana since she was born and trapped in a marriage to Pee
  Wee LeBlanc, excitement enters the life of Sissy LeBlanc when her high school
  sweetheart comes back to town.

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The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux                                             [FDEV]
  Best friends for nearly twenty years, three women, all with the same birthday,
  plan to get together at a summerhouse in Maine to celebrate their approaching
  fortieth birthdays by taking stock of their lives, loves, choices and dreams.

The First Time by Joy Fielding                                              [F/FIE]
  This book is a dazzling illumination of a marriage at the crossroads, where the ties
  that bind become frayed but refuse to sever and where a long estranged husband
  and wife discover, for the first time, exactly what love really means.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert                        [CAS/F/FLA][F/FLA]
 An ordinary woman’s unfulfilled dreams of romantic love lead her to desperate

An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser                                         [B/FRA]
  The author describes how, devastated by the breakup of her marriage, she
  embarked on a mind-healing journey to southern Italy, where she met an
  aesthetics professor from Paris with whom she shared a long-term love affair and
  who became a delightful traveling companion.

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen                           [LP/F/FRA][F/FRA]
  After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some
  fun. With her husband losing his sanity to Parkinson’s disease and their children
  living their own lives, she decides to bring her family together for one last
  Christmas at home.

The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney                                      [F/GAF]
  A story about true friendship follows the lives of the Saving Graces – Emma,
  Rudy, Lee and Isabel – four very different women who find strength in the love,
  loyalty and courage they all share.

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Laelia by Ruth-Miriam Garnett                                            [F/GAR]
  This is a captivating novel about three sisters who decide to do what many wives
  only dream about: get a fresh start on life. These unforgettable women, united in
  their purpose, transcend the unkind hand fate dealt them as younger women.
  They find themselves anew and introduce the possibility of midlife romance.

Jimmy’s Girl by Stephanie Gertler                                         [F/GER]
  Emily Hudson should be happy. She has achieved modest success as a painter
  and lives a good suburban life with her husband and four children. It’s been thirty
  years since her love with James Moran at age sixteen and they went their separate
  ways. But Emily can’t stop herself from thinking about Jimmy nor can she resist
  using the Internet to find his address and telephone number and placing the phone
  call that will change both their lives forever.

The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman                         [F/GIL]
  Did you ever feel a sudden overmastering wave of revolt against the ceaseless
  monotony of your surroundings till you longed to escape anywhere at any cost?
  In addition to the author’s pioneering masterpiece, ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’
  (1890), which draws on her own experience of depression and insanity, this
  edition features her works in the manner of writers such as James, Twain and

Over His Dead Body by Leslie Glass                        [LP/F/GLA][F/GLA]
  When her husband is unexpectedly hospitalized, a woman discovers that her
  “loving” husband was preparing to divorce her, swindle her out of a fortune and
  run off with another woman.

The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith                      [VID/FIR][F/GOL]
  Three mid-life Manhattanites have more than a longtime friendship in common.
  After years of helping their hubbies climb the corporate ladder of success, each
  has been dumped for a newer, curvier model. The trio is determined to turn their
  pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where
  it really hurts – in the wallet.

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Switcheroo by Olivia Goldsmith                           [CAS/R/GOL][F/GOL]
  Sylvie Schiffer at forty has a life most women dream about: a gorgeous home in
  the exclusive suburb of Shaker Heights, two perfect teenage children, a successful
  husband with a lucrative luxury car dealership. But what she wants most is
  passion and romance, moonlit cruises, holding hands, gazing at the stars. She
  feels that when you are married you don’t even get kissed on the mouth.

The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham                  [LP/F/GRA]
  The story of a group of five women who meet as young Air Force wives and
  mothers stationed in Norfolk, England, in 1952 and set out to make the most of
  their overseas mission.

The End of the Affair by Grahan Greene                                        [F/GRE]
  This is an intense story of an adulterous love affair and its mystical aftermath, by
  one of the greatest masters of fiction.

We Are All Fine Here by Mary Guterson                                      [F/GUT]
 It seemed impossible that there could be a rival for her heart. Yet two years later,
 driven by obsessive jealousy and grief, Brendix sends Parkis, a private detective
 to follow Sarah and find out the truth.

Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh                                               [F/HAI]
 Ken Kimble is revealed through the eyes of the women he seduces; his first wife,
 Birdie, who struggles to hold herself together following his desertion; his second
 wife, Joan, a lonely heiress shaken by personal tragedy, who sees in Kimble her
 last chance at happiness; and finally, Dinah, a beautiful but damaged woman half
 his age. Woven throughout is the story of Kimble’s son, Charlie, whose life is
 forever affected by the father he barely remembers.

Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah                                              [F/HAN]
  Forty-five-years-old and Elizabeth feels her marriage to former Super Bowl MVP
  Jackson Shore is failing as she feels she has lost her identity to her children and
  her spouse. With the kids in college, Elizabeth needs something else to overcome
  the empty nest syndrome and her perception of lost purpose but concludes that her
  relationship to Jack is not the answer to her needs.

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Footprints by Shelby Hearon                                   [LP/F/HEA][F/HEA]
  The rueful truce between the Mayhalls begins to unravel the evening they find
  themselves at a barbecue celebration in Houston, Texas, for the relatives of organ
  donors and the grateful recipients. Seeking escape, Nan flees to the shell-strewn
  beaches of Sanibel Island, while Douglas waits out a bitter New York winter
  seeking the warmth of someone new. It takes another life-threatening event to
  allow them to step out of their own footprints and let the healing begin.

Cha Cha Cha by Jane Heller                                                  [F/HEL]
  Suspense meets romance meets zany comedy in the author’s hard-hitting and
  hilarious debut novel about love and survival in the ‘90s. Alison Waxman is a
  true heroine for our times as she scrambles to keep in step with a changing world
  and to find love with a man who might just turn out to be Prince Charming after

The Club by Jane Heller                                                    [F/HEL]
  Judy Price lost her job to a younger woman and her successful Wall Street
  husband to The Oaks, the exclusive Connecticut country club that has turned
  Hunter Dean Price III into a pink and green plaid panted golf junkie. Judy finds
  an unexpected ally in Clair Cox, America’s foremost feminist – until Claire is
  found clubbed to death with a pitching wedge on the fourth hole.

Mrs. de Winter by Susan Hill                                    [LP/F/HIL][F/HIL]
 Manderley is burning and Maxim and Mrs. de Winter are on their way to the
 Continent to try to build a quiet, safe life for themselves away from the
 passionate, violent excesses that nearly destroyed their souls. But could this be
 possible? Could the de Winters escape or did they ever return home to England to
 confront the past? What, for that matter, happened to the despicable housekeeper,
 Mrs. Danvers, and Rebecca’s creepy cousin, Jack Favell?

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930’s, journeys from being a
  free spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance.

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Compromising Positions by Susan Isaacs                                        [F/ISA]
 Judith Singer is intelligent, brash and witty, but she is trapped by her lifestyle in
 Shorehaven, a stuffy husband, demanding children and a stultifying suburban
 home. When Dr. Bruce Fleckstein, local periodontist and notorious stud, is found
 murdered, Judith’s life takes an interesting turn and is infused with a sense of

The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King                             [LP/F/KIN][F/KIN]
 This story follows a minister’s wife Dean Lynch, who, even after twenty years,
 has struggled to cope with the demands of being a Sunday wife and whose
 friendship with the lively beautiful Augusta Holderfield transforms her life.

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King           [VID/DOL][CAS/F/KIN][LP/F/KIN]
 Eighteen years ago the town accused Dolores Claiborne of murdering her husband
 in cold blood. Now a woman lies dead and a witness finds Dolores standing over
 the body. Her daughter is the only one who can save her life and the only thing
 that stands between guilt and innocence is the evil secret that made the daughter
 run away ten years ago.

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb                                 [CAS/F/LAM]
 Dolores Price is thirteen, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood
 good-bye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years
 nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips and Pepsi her anxious mother
 supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, she is no
 stronger and life is no kinder.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik          [LP/F/LAN][F/LAN]
 Five suburban Minneapolis housewives form a book discussion group, forming a
 friendship over 30 years and enduring the best and worst of times together.

Postcards From Berlin by Margaret Leroy                                     [F/LER]
 When disturbing postcards begin to arrive in the mail, Catriona Lydgate finds her
 happy family life succumbing to her secret past, a situation that is complicated
 when she is accused of deliberately trying to make her daughter ill.

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The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin                                 [VID/STE][FLEV]
 This is one of those rare novels whose very title may well become part of our
 vocabulary. For, after reading it, you will never forget Stepford and the horror it
 contains; and there is a certain kind of woman who, from now on, will be known
 as a Stepford Wife.

Thursdays At Eight by Debbie Macomber                                      [F/MAC]
 Claire, Elizabeth, Karen and Julia meet every Thursday for breakfast to share the
 events that are happening in their lives, from a painful divorce to an unexpected
 pregnancy and to offer each other undying support, love and encouragement.

The Marriage Bed by Regina McBride                                    [LP/F/MCB]
 Deidre O’Breen comes from Great Blasket Island, a windswept place off the Irish
 coast. It is there that something stunning happens to Deidre’s parents, shamefully
 driving her to the mainland. The crossing takes her to the civilized world and
 toward Manus, the son of a wealthy and devout family. Dublin is struggling into
 the twentieth century and Manus wants to fashion its landscape. Like the city
 itself, the couple’s marriage is fraught with hope and complicated by legacy. At
 its heart is Deirdre’s family secret, resurfacing when her daughters reach

Naked Sleeper by Sigird Nunez                                             [F/NUN]
 This book is about the inescapable and sometimes unendurable complexities of
 love and the family drama. It is the story of a woman’s search for self-
 knowledge, for understanding of others and for an answer to the imperative
 question: How should she live?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath                                 [LP/F/PLA][F/PLA]
 A vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment on a big time New York
 fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. The story is a
 comic but painful statement of what happens to a woman’s aspirations in a society
 that refuses to take them seriously in a society that expects electroshock to cure
 the despair of a sensitive, questioning young artist whose search for identity
 becomes a terrifying descent toward madness.

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Lucy Crocker 2.0 by Caroline Preston                                  [F/PRE]
 Nobody, not her kids, not her MIT math genius husband could have predicted that
 Lucy Crocker, former children’s librarian and unabashed computer ignoramus,
 would be the one to save the family’s software company. Nevertheless, that’s
 exactly what happens when she has an unexpected brainstorm to create a fantasy
 computer game called Maiden’s Quest. Suddenly, Lucy is a cyber-guru.

Step-Ball-Change by Jeanne Ray                                [LP/F/RAY][F/RAY]
  Caroline and her husband Tom deal with the romantic ups and downs of their
  daughter Kay, who has become engaged to the richest bachelor in Raleigh and
  Caroline’s sister Taffy, who is getting a divorce from the wealthiest man in

Babes in Captivity by Pamela Redmond Satran                                [F/SAT]
 They met six years ago in a mom’s group. Deidre, Juliette, Anne and Lisa are
 each living the dream in the suburbs outside of New York City: beautiful
 wedding, big house, picture perfect family. What more could a woman want?
 Plenty, though none of them has ever admitted it. It turns out none of the four is
 as happy as she seems: Anne fears her marriage is in jeopardy. Juliette
 desperately wants to have another baby but can’t. And Lisa’s facing decisions
 that her life depends on. The doors swing wide when these babes start breaking
 out – but at what price?

Miriam the Medium by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro                                    [F/SHA]
 In the face of her husband’s failing business and her daughter’s estrangement,
 modern Long Island housewife Miriam considers going public with her psychic
 abilities in order to heal the family’s financial woes, but finds her situation and
 abilities to be beyond her control.

Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch by Haywood Smith                         [LP/F/SMI]
 Abandoned and left destitute by her unfaithful husband, Georgia housewife
 Linwood Scott returns to the home of her eccentric family and learns unexpected
 lessons about singlehood, her loved ones and dysfunctional relationships.

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Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner                        [LP/F/STE][F/STE]
 This is a novel of two couples that form a fast and lifelong friendship. In the mid
 thirties, in mid Depression, a bright, nice, open couple from the West with gifts
 and dreams but no prospects or connections meets a bright, nice, open couple
 from the East with wealth, lakeside cottages, long lines of family certainties in
 manners, tastes and opinions and the generosity to share all they have of good
 fortune. The friendship that forms in a single evening binds them together all
 their days.

The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives by Sarah Strohmeyer                   [F/STR]
 A tale of love and betrayal among the gated in communities of American suburbia
 finds Ohio socialite Marti Denton realizing her passionate love for John Harding
 in the wake of his impulsive marriage to a socially awkward newspaper reporter.

The Hot Flash Club by Nancy Thayer                                       [F/THA]
 This novel is wise, wonderful and delightfully witty “coming-of-age” about four
 intrepid women who discover themselves as they were truly meant to be:
 passionate, alive and ready to face the best years of their lives.

The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again by Nancy Thayer            [LP/F/THA][F/THA]
 When four women meet in a hot tub at a spa, they realize they share a common
 problem – toxic relatives – and a common solution – each other.

Anne Karenina by Leo Tolstoy                   [CAS/FTOL][LP/F/TOL][F/TOL]
 This is a moving story of people whose emotions conflict with the dominant
 social mores of their time. Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately
 in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the
 discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband would condone, she is doomed.

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani                [CAS/F/TRI][LP/F/TRI][F/TRI]
 The daughter of an Italian immigrant family in 1950 Greenwich Village, Lucia
 Sartori pursues a career in the fashion industry until she falls in love with a
 handsome stranger, who must win over her traditional family to marry her.

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The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani               [CAS/F/TRI][F/TRI]
 This novel is about an Italian family living in Roseto, Pennsylvania. The eldest
 daughter Nella is ambitious and determined to make a life for herself far away
 from the rigors of farm and factory life. But then she meets and falls in love with
 a handsome carefree poet Renato Lanzara, the son of the town restaurateur.
 When he suddenly disappears without an explanation, rumors about a forced
 marriage to a girl in another town and criminal activity begin to circulate through
 the village grapevine. Returning after five years, and a week before Nella’s
 wedding, Renato shakes up not only Nella’s life but also the lives of Roseto’s

The Rector’s Wife by Joanna Trollope                                        [F/TRO]
 For twenty years, Anna Bouverie has been the dutiful wife of a village rector,
 scraping by on his pitiful salary, making cakes for the church bake sales, ironing
 her husband’s surplices and clothing herself and her children in parishioners
 hand-me-downs. When an expected promotion to archdeacon falls through, her
 husband retreats into bitterness. Anna takes a job in a supermarket, earning
 money, a sense of her own worth, the disapproval of the parish and the icy fury of
 her husband.

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler                              [CAS/F/TYL][F/TYL]
 This book tells the story of a forty-year-old woman, the mother of three almost
 grown children, who on a sudden impulse walks away from her marriage, hitches
 a ride into the unknown and settles in a strange new town to invent a new life.

Murdering Mr. Monti by Judith Viorst                      [LP/M/VIO][M/VIO]
 This is the comic story of Brenda Kovner, a middle-aged, middle-class married
 woman – definitely not the type of woman who goes about planning a murder.
 Yet, she says “I am planning to kill Mr. Monti because he is doing harm to my
 family.” It is in this way that murder, mayhem and motherhood are hilariously
 woven together in this novel.

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Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman                                      [M/WAL]
 Juliet Applebaum, a public defender turned stay-at-home mom shares parenting
 duties with her screenwriter husband, but she’s bored with playdates and trips to
 the park. So, near the end of her second pregnancy, she gets off the mommy track
 to track down a murderer.

The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon                      [F/WEL]
 This book takes every mistreated wife’s fantasies of revenge on every spoiled,
 philandering husband and explodes them into a wild, fast moving and
 outrageously perverse fable of the battle between men and women and between
 women and women.

Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells            [CAS/F/WEL]
 Like mother, like daughter. Neither a hard-as-nails New York playwrite nor her
 flaky Louisiana mother will take the necessary steps to mend their long time rift.
 No, this is a job for the Sisterhood, sworn life-long friends who stage an
 outlandish “intervention” to bring daughter and mother back together again.

Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells                                  [F/WEL]
 The author writes about the Walker clan of Thornton, Louisiana. Miss Siddalee
 Walker, a force of nature and a tool of fate and one of the sharpest-eyed little
 chatterboxes. It is the author’s tireless and ruthless evocation of childhood
 combined with an unfailingly shrewd comic ear that makes this book such a
 thoroughly joyful and welcome noise.

The Wedding by Dorothy West                                [LP/F/WES][F/WES]
 This novel contains some of the most unforgettable flesh and blood characters you
 will ever meet, including Shelby Coles, the daughter of a loveless marriage,
 whose engagement to a white jazz musician threatens to tear her family apart.

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The Wife by Meg Wolitzer                                   [LP/F/WOL][F/WOL]
 On the eve of her husband’s receipt of a prestigious literary award, Joan
 Castleman, who has put her own writing ambitions on hold to support her
 husband, evaluates her choices and decides to end the marriage.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf                            [LP/F/WOO][F/WOO]
 In this book, the author explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one
 day in a woman’s life.

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                                        Updated 03/06

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computer catalog or ask at the Adult Services desk.

                                    LP=Large Print
                                  CAS=Book on Cassette
                                    NB=New Book

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