Ten years after graduating from Sweet Valley High, the Wakefield twins have had a falling out of epic proportions. When Jessica commits what can only considered a complete and utter betrayal, Elizabeth flees to New York to escape the pain and immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a serious reporter. But her rift with Jessica is never far from her mind, and even putting 3000 miles between them can’t dull then pain of Jessica’s duplicity.
Sara Summers Stanton has raised three children and works as a high school teacher at the same school she attended growing up. Her 25-year marriage is showing cracks in the facade and now she's dealing with breast cancer. In a rare moment of taking care of herself instead of everyone else, Sara takes a sabbatical and goes on the trip to Italy she has always dreamed of taking. This search for a more authentic life leads to Julia, a friend she hasn't seen since they were inseparable as girls, nearly 30 years earlier. They reunite in Florence and their friendship continues where they left off, resulting in an unexpected attraction....
"A classy love story with wonderful Italian setting"
"Renting Rooms to Travelers Can Be a Source of Income Later in Life" is from the June 17, 2016 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Amy Zipkin and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"Her Dad Was Killed by Palestinian Stone Throwers. Weeks Later, She Saved a Suspected Stabber's Life." is from the October 17, 2015 Around the World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ruth Eglash and narrated by Jill Melancon.
Think your twenties are just a waiting period -waiting to get married, waiting for real life to begin? Wrong! As Shannon Fox and Celeste Liversidge show with humor, intelligence, and reassurance, getting a ring on your finger is the last thing you should be thinking about when you're in your twenties. In fact, statistics show that if you wait and marry at thirty, your chances of having a healthy, long-lasting relationship more than double.
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Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. Drawing on in-depth observations of black and white middle-class, working-class, and poor families, Unequal Childhoods explores this fact, offering a picture of childhood today. Here are the frenetic families managing their children's hectic schedules of "leisure" activities; and here are families with plenty of time but little economic security.