Cara Hoffman returns to Pen Parentis with a new book! Back in 2009, she was our first reader ever, and had only a half-finished (but show-stopping) manuscript, a son, and a fantastic life story. Like Dan Chaon and Alexander Chee, Hoffman distills the essence of family into something darkly beautiful and worthy of intimate attention. She has won a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for her work on violence and adolescents and has worked as an investigative reporter covering New York State’s rural and Rust belt communities, where she wrote about environmental politics and crime. She lives in Manhattan with her son and works as a writing tutor at the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
SO MUCH PRETTY, 2010
Marina Budhos grew up in Queens, NY, in Parkway Village, a community built for U.N. families, and a haven for international, mixed, and American families during the ferment ofcivil rights and social change. She is married and has two young sons. Her most recent work includes TELL US WE’RE HOME (2010), ASK ME NO QUESTIONS (2007), and REMIX: CONVERSATIONS WITH IMMIGRANT TEENAGERS, all written for young adults. She explains her cross-over from writing for adults into an author of young adult fiction, by pairing the concept with her interest in both fiction and nonfiction. At the core of her creative process exists the action that all writers do: “[we] cross over into territory both familiar and unknown.” To Budhos, crossing-over is the best way to create and to connect with readers.
HOW SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD, 2010
TELL US WE’RE HOME, 2010
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS, 2007
REMIX: CONVERSATIONS WITH IMMIGRANT TEENAGERS, 1999/2007
THE PROFESSOR OF LIGHT, 2000
HOUSE OF WAITING, 1995
SEXUAL HARRASSMENT: RESEARCH & RESOURCES, 1995
FATHER’S TALE, 1989
Ann Hood is the author of nine novels including the bestsellers, THE RED THREAD, THE KNITTING CIRCLE, and SOMEWHERE OFF THE COAST OF MAINE, a collection of short stories, and two memoirs. Hermost recent memoir, COMFORT: A JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF, was a New York Times Editor's Choice and named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She is the step mother of Ariane, a junior at Northwestern University and mother to Sam, 17, and Annabelle, 6. Her five year old daughter Grace died in 2002 of a virulent form of strep. Hood and her family live in Providence, RI.
THE RED THREAD, 2010
CONEY ISLAND DREAMS, 2010
COMFORT: A JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF, 2009
SOMEWHERE OFF THE COAST OF MAINE, 2008
THE KNITTING CIRCLE, 2008
HOW I SAVED MY FATHER’S LIFE, 2008
AN ORNITHOLOGIST’S GUIDE TO LIFE: STORIES, 2005
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