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Books by OLLI Members

Books by OLLI members include:


The Sixty-Fourth Day by OLLI Member Rowena WinikThe 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


Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum Democracy by OLLI Member Martin QuittStephen 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 OLLI Member Joe CarlinCocktails: 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 OLLI Member Sharon FitzGerald CareyZ is For Zamboni (Inspiration for Creative Writing)
by Sharon FitzGerald Carey
This book is designed to inspire adults, kids and students of all 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


In Safe Hands: True Stories about the Men and Women of United States Customs and Border Protection by OLLI Member Michael CunninghamIn 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 OLLI Member Sarah PearlmanMother-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.


Journey from San Rocco by OLLI Member Rosalind A. CuscheraJourney from San Rocco
Honorable Mention – New England Book Festival
by Rosalind A. Cuschera
In post WWI Italy, a widow with four children is given the opportunity to travel to America to marry a wealthy widower. This may be her only chance for prosperity and happiness, but is she willing to accept his terms that she is to bring only one child for now to America? Based on the author's family history, from 1918 to 2006, the dynamics of a family, separated and rejoined as they search for the American dream, are explored. The three children left behind lived in orphanages or with relatives. They weren't reunited for almost seventeen years.
Journey from San Rocco

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