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Cutie and the Boxer (DVD)

Zachary Heinzerling’s debut documentary about Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara is a film that astonishes viewers not because Ushio and Noriko are wonderful artists—and they are—so much as because they’ve managed to stay married to one another.  Forty years ago, a beautiful young woman came to America to study art … Continue reading

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Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

Asterios Polyp is a self-assured, domineering, wind-bag of a paper architect. A paper architect being one “whose reputation rests on his designs, rather than on the buildings constructed from them. In fact, none of his designs had ever been built.” When … Continue reading

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How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

Poor Doug Parker. At 29, he’s living a life he never anticipated. And it was great. Surprisingly great. Great, until his wife Haley went off and died, leaving him alone to deal with his 16-year-old stepson, Haley’s beefed-up ex-husband, and … Continue reading

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child takes the Russian/Alaskan folktale of the Snow Maiden and transforms it into a realistic fictional narrative about a middle-aged childless couple that leaves their old life behind to homestead in the Alaskan wilderness.  This new start however, … Continue reading

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Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

In the vein of Laura Moriarity’s The Rest of Her Life or Chris Bojhalian’s The Buffalo Soldier, Hilderbrand puts normal, everyday people under a microscope after throwing a terrible tragedy at them. In Summerland, twins Hobby and Penny Alistair are shining stars at Nantucket High School. But on … Continue reading

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Monica and David (DVD)

Monica and David is an interesting documentary that follows a bride and groom, both with Down Syndrome, from their wedding rehearsal through their first anniversary. It is an intimate and revealing portrait of the difficulties these adults and their caregivers … Continue reading

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The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

“A diamond is forever” . . .  the phrase that started it all.  Follow the story of one fabulous diamond engagement ring as it becomes a symbol of love and commitment for four couples over the span of 60 years … Continue reading

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I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck

This short novel takes place over the course of one night and opens with a death.  Nina is calling her husband, Phillip, for dinner and when he doesn’t answer, she immediately senses what has happened.  She decides to keep his … Continue reading

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Wedding Cake for Breakfast: Essays on the Unforgettable First Year of Marriage edited by Kim Perel and Wendy Sherman

Don’t mind the title, this book is much better than leftover cake.  Editors Kim Perel and Wendy Sherman have stitched together a collection of personal essays from women who reveal the joys, dramas, peculiarities, and even tragedies faced during the … Continue reading

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Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

While reading Wife 22 I engaged in simultaneous duty-shirking and exaggerated eye-rolling. I certainly had better things to do, yet I couldn’t put the silly thing down. The perfect formula for a rainy Saturday afternoon read, in my opinion. Wife … Continue reading

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