Books by OLLI Members
Books by OLLI members include:
The Sixty-Fourth Day
by Rowena Winik
Robyn, just sixteen years old, realizes she’s a lesbian when she meets and falls in love with a woman twice her age. Robyn tells her parents, triggering a series of heart-breaking events that ends up with her living on the streets. She turns to her few close lesbian friends and quickly learns she can trust no one - she is on her own. For twenty-two months, Robyn calls on all she has to survive the harsh streets. She’s found the life she’s hoped for but she’s growing up and wants more.
The Sixty-Fourth Day
Walking in Her Shoes
by Marylou Depeiza
Walking In Her Shoes is a memoir about family life and the experiences of Depeiza's mother as she raises six children in Boston during the 50's and 60's. After her mother's death, Marylou embarks on a journey through her mother's past - a journey that takes her back more than sixty years to discover a family secret. But there was a code of silence that reigned supreme throughout the family. Determined to break the code of silence, she uncovers the truth of her mother's compelling and shocking past.
Walking in Her Shoes
Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum Democracy
by Martin Quitt
This thematic biography demonstrates how Stephen Douglas’s path from a conflicted youth in Vermont to dim prospects in New York to overnight stardom in Illinois led to his identification with the Democratic Party and his belief that the federal government should respect the diversity of states and territories. His relationships with his mother, sister, teachers,brothers-in-law, other men, and two wives are explored in depth. When he conducted the first cross-country campaign by a presidential candidate in American history, few among the hundreds of thousands that saw him in 1860 knew that his wife and he had just lost their infant daughter or that Douglas controlled a large Mississippi slave plantation. His story illuminates the gap between democracy then and today. The book draws on a variety of previously unexamined sources.
Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum Democracy (Paperback version also available in the OLLI office for $10)
Cocktails: A Global History
by Joe Carlin
Cocktails are the most American of alcoholic beverages, and at the same time the most international of drinks. From Singapore to New York, Rio to Bangkok, this OLLI facilitator describes how cocktails have influenced society around the world, and explores the new generation of cocktails currently being fashioned by mixologists. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys a cocktail or is interested in how some of our most popular drinks were invented and travelled around the globe. Cocktails: A Global History
Z is For Zamboni (Inspiration for Creative Writing)
by Sharon FitzGerald Carey
This book is designed to inspire adults, kids and students ofall ages to explore the limitless possibilities of creative writing. There are 52 lessons in all—one for every week of the year—to help get you started.
Z is For Zamboni
This book tells the story of Francis Cabot Lowell and the great success of the Boston Manufacturing Company, which spurred American industrialization.
The Life and Times of Francis Cabot Lowell, 1775-1817
Mosaic: Different Voices, Different Words
by members of the OLLI Writer's Workshop
Workshop facilitator: Carter Jefferson
Editor: Tom Fitzgibbon
Published in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston. Available for purchase through the OLLI office; please call 617-287-7312 to order. Cost: $5
The Laundromat: A Story from the Garden
by Jacqulyn Jones
The Laundromat follows Ada, a typical woman leading an average life, facing ordinary problems. A meeting at the laundromat sets her on a new path.
In Safe Hands: True Stories about the Men and Women of United States Customs and Border Protection
by Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham's book explains what is involved in guarding our nation's borders, and protecting its financial interests.
In Safe Hands
Mother-Talk: Conversations with Mothers of Lesbian Daughters and FTM Transgender Children
by Sarah Pearlman (published by Demeter Press)
A collection of stories of twenty-four mothers: twelve who found out a daughter was a lesbian and twelve who learned that a child intended to transition to male—capturing what it is like to be the mother of a lesbian daughter or a child, born a biological female, who is planning to transition to male.