Come As You Are by Christine Weiser is a novel about balancing work, family, and a chick rock trio. Ten years earlier, these thirty-something women were best friends who played in the late ‘90s Philadelphia girl group, Broad Street. Time and circumstances drove them apart, but when they get an invitation to play an esteemed national tour, they put aside their differences to reform their old band. Click here to order a copy.
50 Over 50: A Celebration of Established and Emerging Women Writers is a superb collection of poetry, essays, and fiction by women over age 50. This anthology features work by notable authors like Robin Black, Bonnie Jo Campbell, J.C. Todd, Vickie A. Carr, and Rachel Pastan. While many of the writers included are emerging authors, all of the work has something funny, thoughtful, and compelling to say about sex, family, loss, and love. The books will be on sale at PS Books and Philadelphia Stories events and online at Amazon and IndieBound. Click here for more details.
PS Books is pleased to share this wonderful new review of Anne Kaier’s engaging memoir Home with Henry. If you’d like to meet Anne in person and pick up a signed copy, or copies, of the book (it makes a thoughtful and much-appreciated gift!), make plans to attend her reading with Liz Abrams-Morley at Head House Books on May 4th!
Reviewed by Jeanne
The guy in the blue truck seemed surprised that a middle aged woman in a gray coat would hold up traffic, but I enjoyed that momentary feeling of power.
When Anne Kaier sees the orange lump of fur in the road, she carefully drives over it, not wanting to be the one to further desecrate the body. When she looks in her rear view mirror and sees the tail move, she turns around and goes back. She intends to just move the body out of the road, but when she feels the warmth behind his ears she takes him to her vet instead.
As it turns out, the cat isn’t badly injured. He is, however, nearly feral, but Anne has committed herself to him. She dubs him Henry, and takes him home where he hides in her spare bedroom. Her resident cat, Lucille, doesn’t seem to mind the newcomer but is happy to still have Anne to herself. Anne is determined to try to break through to her new addition. She spends time in the room reading aloud, coaxes him with treats, and finally starts dismantling his little world in an effort to force him out.
This is a slim little book, but one that’s difficult to characterize. It’s definitely not a “how to” book, nor is it a rapturous celebration of all things feline. It’s mostly a gentle, thoughtful book about an older, still single woman succeeding on her own terms. It’s not maudlin, it’s not strident, and it’s not a cry in the wilderness. It’s about relationships, trust, and being comfortable in your own skin, though the author makes all these points without preaching or pontificating or navel-gazing. I was not surprised when I checked the author’s bio to find she is an award-winning essayist and a poet. She writes cleanly and well. At only 102 pages, she covers a lot of territory but in a painless way. The book is written as a journal, and I was interested to see what each day would bring.
I enjoyed my visit with Anne and with Henry. I would like a chance to visit with them again.
Buy local, eat local, read local!
Please join Philadelphia Stories and publisher PS Books at Commonwealth On Queen for a celebration of local writers. Featuring readings by contributors to The Best of Philadelphia Stories: 10th Anniversary Edition, an anthology of short fiction, poetry, and essays, as well as a special guest appearance by Best American Essays notable author Anne Kaier, who will read and sign copies of her just-published memoir Home with Henry.
Monday, November 24
Commonwealth On Queen
301 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
Open mic session following the reading.
Free and open to the public.
For more information, email PS Books editor Tara Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Home with Henry: A Memoir
by Anne Kaier
Driving home from work one evening, Anne Kaier passed a cat who had been hit on the road. One week later, she found herself living with a feral cat in the city house she’d recently moved into alone. Even Anne was surprised by what happened as she tried to tame this wild creature.
Anne Kaier will be reading at the Rosemont Writer’s Retreat in the Kistler Library on Tuesday, June 24th, at noon.
Cover image: Copyright Carol Chu
How will you celebrate the remarkable women in YOUR life this Mother’s Day?
Extraordinary Gifts: Remarkable Women of the Delaware Valley available at:
- Rosemont Book Festival, Saturday, April 26th
- Kennett Square Farmer’s Market, May 2nd
- White Clay Creek Fest, May 3rd
From a prison cell at Terezin
to the Roundhouse in Philadelphia—Feig is
the compelling story of an Auschwitz survivor
David Gold has never done a daring thing in his life—until he meets Jacob Feig, a survivor of Auschwitz who stands accused of murder.
“In the end, Feig is really David Gold’s book. As he listens to the stories of survivors, he emerges from his safe isolation—and his insistence that they share their hardest, deepest secrets leads to a deeper connection to the world.”
—Simone Zelitch, author of Louisa and Assistant Chair of Literature
and Creative Writing, Community College of Philadelphia
“Feig is a powerfully prophetic work that is terrifying and heartbreaking … The horror and the hatred of surviving the Holocaust bring readers into the deeper truths hidden in a world we would like to forget.”
—D.L. Wilson, author of Unholy Grail and Sirocco
“Piercing the often forbidding subject of the Holocaust with grace, humanity, and compassion … an engaging and beautifully written story of how one generation is inextricably linked to the next. His well-crafted plot and richly drawn characters imbue this tale with a sense of loss and possibility.”
—Ellie Slott Fisher, author of Mom, There’s a Man in the Kitchen
and He’s Wearing your Robe, and It’s Either Her or Me
Richard D. Bank, Esq., is the author of six books, including The Everything Guide to Writing Nonfiction (Adams Media, 2010). He is on the faculty at Rosemont College in the Graduate Publishing and MFA in Creative Writing programs. Feig is his first novel.