A Woman’s Story of Survival

Franci’s War (Penguin 2020) is a World War II memoir written by the late mother of Helen Epstein ‘65. Born into a privileged family in Prague, Franci Rabinek Epstein was a spirited young fashion designer who lied to Dr. Mengele at an Auschwitz selection by saying she was an electrician

The Consequences of Family Secrets

In These Ghosts Are Family (Simon & Schuster 2020), a debut novel by Maisy Card ’00, tells of the emotional entanglements that have arisen from a long-kept family secret. Central to the story are the decisions of a patriarch, whose actions have had a powerful impact upon his descendants.

Insights into Business Operations

Sari LEVINE Wilde ’97, Managing Vice President at global research and advisory firm Gartner, has written a ground-breaking book that identifies the working style of managers. In The Connector Manager: Why Some Leaders Build Exceptional Talent – and Others Don’t (Portfolio 2019), she details the results of a worldwide,

Preparing to Guide Your Parents through Life


The role of family caregiver is often lifelong and can change as we progress through the years. Attorney and social worker Jane WOLF Frances ’64, J.D., M.S.W. has written a book drawn upon her own experiences of caring for her parents as they aged in order to help others. In

A Tale for the Ageless


Derek Chin ’97 has published a science fiction book entitled Time Epic: Life. Knowledge. Future. (Time Lock Books 2019). It is a tale about the enduring friendship of four immortals who experience a series of adventures and journey through several historical periods. The book was written under the pen name

Defying the Bounds of Reality


Larissa Shmailo ’74
has published her most recent work, Sly Bang (Spuyten Duyvil 2019). Self-described as a feminist experimental novel, she goes beyond the limits of reality in defining the world in which her lead character lives. Shmailo weaves poetry and fantasy into the narrative while detailing the trials and

A Look Into the Life of a Broadway Legend

Alexandra Jacobs ’90, a staff writer at The New York Times, recently published a book about well-known Broadway entertainer Elaine Stritch. Called Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2019), Jacobs delves deeply into Stritch’s life, from her childhood in Detroit

The Penguin Book of Migration Literature: Departures, Arrivals, Generations, Returns

Dohra Ahmad ’89
The Penguin Book of Migration Literature: Departures, Arrivals, Generations, Returns (Sep 17, 2019)

Every year, three to four million people move to a new country. From war refugees to corporate expats, migrants constantly reshape their places of origin and arrival. This selection of works collected together for

An In-Depth Memoir About Loss

Barbara METSKY Kretchmar ’60 has written a book to support women who have lost a spouse. In Widows – Our Words and Ways (Mill City Press 2019), Kretchmar has compiled the stories of 25 women of different ages, ethnicities, religions, and economic backgrounds who share how they had both struggled

A Space Opera Available on Kindle

Ellen Moss ’59 has published a work of Science Fiction entitled Quantum Venus & The Magic Theater (Moonshine Press 2014). Described by the author as a metaphysical space opera, the book is available on Amazon Kindle.