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Lynn Lauber's featured works are Listen to Me, White Girls, and 21 Sugar Street.

Listen to Me: Writing Life into Meaning
By Lynn Lauber

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A guide to charting your inner landscape through personal writing.

Why write out of our lives? What can it do for us? How can sharing our stories connect us with others?

(From the publisher)
Novelist and essayist Lynn Lauber chronicles her journey as a writer and longtime teacher of creative writing workshops around the country. She explores how writing—both fiction and creative nonfiction—has served as a means of personal navigation, a healing and avenging force, and a way of calling up not only a lost daughter but also a lost self. Her own story serves as encouragement for others to produce their own personal narratives.

Based on Lauber’s popular personal writing workshop series, each chapter includes inventive writing exercises and prompts, practical devices for moving past writer's blocks and self-censorship, and advice from Lauber's students as well as renowned authors. Listen to Me expands on the wisdom of Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, offering techniques and anecdotes in combination with honest and personal experience-sharing.

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White Girls

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Growing up in a small, racially segregated Ohio town provides the background and characters for the author's collection of sixteen stories about love and self-discovery experienced on both sides of the tracks.

"In this striking first collection of short fiction, Lauber tells essentially two stories in 17--first that of secretive, sassy Loretta Dardio's growing up in Union, a "speck in the northwestern corner of Ohio," and then that of her love affair with a black boy from the other side of town. As a child, Loretta dwells unwillingly among middle-class white women trapped in "the chaste and dull world of marriage," and her first-person observations of their slow, uneventful days and "chronic complaining" are sympathetic but wickedly wry. But Loretta loses her acerbity when she falls for Luther Biggs and, eventually, for his family, a strong, warm, honest matriarchy totally unlike her own. The omniscient narrator of the last few stories is as expertly presented as the bumbling adolescent rebel voice of the earlier ones. Her masterly variations on a theme of love tolerated, withheld, won and lost command us to believe in Union, a bona fide "dull spot" of universal interest."   Publisher’s Weekly

"Compelling. . . Takes us clearly into the heart of rambunctious sexuality [in a] standard American small town. Across its corners creep the influential shadows of that classic Ohio village, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg." - New York Times Book Review

"A fine collection. . . . moving and impossible to regret." The New Yorker

"Portrays small-town Ohio life with wit and a sharp social consciousness. Lynn Lauber has an acute eye for absurdities and a wonderful sense of humor that takes none of the edges off her barbed observations. . . " - Newsday

"A winner…courageous and absolutely right artistically." - Chicago Tribune

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21 Sugar Street

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 (From the publisher)

The interweaving of voices marks a study of life in small-town America, where colorless, prejudiced lives can be affected by love, as the story of Loretta and Luther, an interracial couple who first appeared in White Girls, continues.
In 21 Sugar Street, Lauber returns to Loretta Dardio and Luther Biggs, a white girl and a black boy whose brief love affair irrevocably changed their lives and those of their families in the racially divided town of Union, Ohio. In the twenty years that have passed since Loretta and Luther's high school affair, Loretta has given up their illegitimate daughter for adoption and escaped to New York, while Luther has continued to make a life for himself in Union. Through multiple perspectives we meet this long-divided couple and others: Junior Johnson, the town's black mortician and Luther's father-in-law; Louis Dardio, Loretta's straight-laced younger brother, who is at once charmed and appalled by his sister's independence and willfulness; Annie Biggs, Luther's warm-hearted mother, who remains faithful to Loretta and her child; Marcia Milner, the disturbed adoptive mother; and finally Kay, the fruit of Loretta and Luther's union, who as a young woman returns to bridge their divided world, a reminder in these racially troubled times of love's capacity to transform and heal.

"A memorable tale of two small-town Ohio families, one black and one white…A wholly satisfying effort with beautifully limned characters and an energetic conclusion that brings everyone full circle." - Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly

"What Spike Lee failed to do in Jungle Fever, what Mira Nair nearly did in Mississippi Masala, Lynn Lauber accomplishes: she tells a wholly convincing story of interracial love and healing." - Entertainment Weekly

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