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Nora and Liz
Nancy Garden
1931513201
Dec 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
When her rental car has a flat tire, Liz Hardy stops at the old Tillot farm to borrow a car jack. Nora Tillot gladly walks Liz to the barn and as they search for the jack, the two women begin a journey neither anticipated. As the tender friendship turns passionate, Nora and Liz`s happiness is shattered by accusations and rumors. Trying desperately to rise above the tumult, they silently wonder if their love can survive . . .

From the Publisher
Nancy Garden has published over 30 books since 1971. Her classic young adult novel, Annie On My Mind, is one of the most important young adult novels published in the last 40 years. She lives with her partner and they divide their time between a small town in Massachusetts and a cabin in Maine.


My Secret Garden
Nancy Friday
0671019872
June 1998
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
This book caused quite a ruckus when it was released 25 years ago because it directly quotes the sexual fantasies of dozens of women, ranging from the "very common" rape fantasy to lesbian affairs to unusually explicit scenarios that are unmentionable here. While author Nancy Friday maintains that My Secret Garden served to free millions of women from sexual oppression, there's still a need today to get rid of the guilt that millions more still feel when it comes to fantasizing, having orgasms, and making one's sexual wishes be known. "How could it be, you might ask," she writes, "that women today, at the turn of the century, would still think they were the only Bad Girls with erotic thoughts? What kind of prison is this that that women impose on themselves?"

My Secret Garden has the...



Endgame
Nancy Garden
0152054162
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up Fifteen-year-old Gray Wilton is in juvenile detention, waiting for his murder trial. In a series of interviews, his defense lawyer slowly uncovers the gradual escalation of physical and emotional bullying that drove the sensitive, musically artistic kid to the point where he takes a gun to school and starts shooting. Reading the unfolding story is like watching a train wreck in slow motion: the tension is palpable, as is the sense of inevitable tragedy. Gray begins a new school year in a new town, hoping that the bullying he suffered in middle school will be a thing of the past. Almost immediately, he discovers that there are bullies at Greenford High, and they don't take long to find him. Teachers and administrators turn a blind eye to the harassment that he and his only friend, Ross Terrel,...


Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style
Martin Wood
0711224293
October 2005
Hardcover
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Holly's Secret
Nancy Garden
0374332738
Sept 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When seventh-grader Holly and her family move from New York City to the country, Holly hatches a plan to become sophisticated "Yvette" and to hide the fact that she has two lesbian mothers. In a topical take on the "What a tangled web we weave" adage, Holly finds that her plan is a lot more difficult in practice than in theory and that it hurts the people who matter the most to her. The characterizations and conflicts of this morality tale don't run deepApopular clique leader Julia is unfailingly mean-spirited, self-centered and narrow-minded, whereas the formerly fat Mary is immediately understanding and sympatheticAand everything tidily resolves itself at the end. Holly learns her lesson (and gets a boyfriend), Julia gets her comeuppance and everyone lives happily ever after. Garden (Annie on My Mind) does a...


The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
0679847510
September 1993
Paperback
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Book Review
Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The...


Meeting Melanie
Nancy Garden
0374349436
Sept 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Two girls, one working-class and the other wealthy, become friends in Garden's (Annie on My Mind; Holly's Secret) uncharacteristically simplistic novel. Told from the perspective of 11-year-old Allie Ward, the story takes place over one summer on quaint Seal Island, Maine, where Melanie Rochambeau's father has just inherited his mother's elegant vacation house. Characterizations run very thin, at times approaching stereotype. While old-moneyed Mr. Rochambeau takes after his mother in his respect for the locals, Mrs. Rochambeau is a snob and doesn't want Melanie to play with Allie, even though the girls like each other instantly. Allie's family, on the other hand, is salt of the earth Ma, who cleans the Rochambeau house, is "never so tired that she didn't have a smile on her face or a squeeze or a cuddle for any...


Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses
Michael A. Dirr
0875638007
August 1998
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Serving as an ideal companion to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (above), this classic manual offers thorough information on the woody trees and shrubs used in landscaping. Aside from each plant's physical description, there's also an elaboration of hardiness, growth rate, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, and propagation. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Molly's Family
Nancy Garden
0374350027
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-To get ready for kindergarten Open School Night, Molly draws a picture of her family to hang on the wall-herself, Mommy, Mama Lu, and their puppy. After seeing the picture, her classmates tell her, "No one has two mommies." Despite her teacher's efforts to be supportive, the child is still concerned. That night, her parents explain, "we decided we had so much love that we wanted to share it with a baby." Thus, one of them is her birth mother; the other an adoptive parent. Still, Molly leaves her drawing home the next day. With further matter-of-fact reassurance by her teacher and the budding understanding that all families are different, Molly, and indeed the whole class, grows to accept her own family, and she proudly hangs her picture on the wall. While the children in the story are not...


The Year They Burned the Books
Nancy Garden
0374386676
Sept 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
High school condom distribution and a hotly contested sex education curriculum set a small New England town's blood boiling and books burning in The Year They Burned the Books, an issue-driven novel by Nancy Garden. Jamie Crawford is the senior editor of the "Telegraph," her high school's newspaper, but the publication of her editorial in favor of the school's new policy to distribute condoms happens to coincide with the election of a new, highly conservative school board member. As a result, Jamie suddenly finds her editorial voice gagged. Soon the school's health books have been removed from the classrooms for "review," a conservative parents' group stages a library book burning, and Jamie's beloved teacher is forced to resign as the newspaper's faculty advisor. Jamie's personal life also becomes more complicated as she...


Forbidden Flowers
Nancy Friday
0671741020
February 1991
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
San Francisco ChronicleNancy Friday must be the most understanding sexologist in the country.

Review
San Francisco Chronicle Nancy Friday must be the most understanding sexologist in the country.

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Annie on My Mind
Nancy Garden
0374404143
Sept 1992
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Garden's exceptionally well-rendered tale concerns two teenage girls who fall in love with each other. Ages 14-up. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
"The story of two young women who love each other. It is an honest portrayal of their love with an ending that is in keeping with, and worthy of, the rest of the book."--The Baltimore Sun

"Annie on My Mind was an eye-opener (maybe 'heartopener' is a better term)."--The Milwaukee Journal

"A tender, bittersweet love story."--Young Adult Reviewers' Choice/Booklist

"Departs from the fact-packed preachiness of the problem novel to become instead a compelling story of two real and intriguing women. There have been many books for teenagers, fiction and nonfiction,...


Aunt Dimity and the Duke
Nancy Atherton
0140178414
October 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Atherton's second novel proves more amusing than her first (Aunt Dimity's Death) as it recycles several characters from that mystery/ghost story. Bostonian Emma Porter-a 39-year-old computer analyst and ardent gardener recently jilted by her longtime lover-is on her own in England, exploring Cornwall's gardens. A seemingly chance encounter leads her to Penford Hall, a name prominent in the tabloids five years earlier when a rock star's death peripherally involved Grayson Alexander, the 14th duke of Penford. At the Hall, Emma is greeted by Grayson as the savior of his ruined chapel garden, waiting to be restored in time for the village "Fete" that occurs once every 100 years to celebrate a legendary local supernatural event. That act is memorialized in a chapel window being examined by restorer Derek Harris, a...


Men in Love: Men's Sexual Fantasies: The Triumph of Love over Rage
Nancy Friday
0385333420
August 1998
Paperback
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From the Publisher
An extraordinary, explicitly masculine journey, Men In Love develops a startlingly honest portrayal of what it means to be a man in contemporary America. Here are the unexpurgated dreams, fantasies and fetishes that excite and obsess men today. In creating this historic study, Nancy Friday listened -- without disapproval, apology or censorship -- to the candid responses of thousands of men aged fourteen through sixty. She gave them a legitimate arena where they could share their "secret gardens" -- the hidden and forbidden but nonetheless real and true. Much more than a litany of erotica, this unique volume doesn't tell us how men should love. It tells us how men do love -- a stunning insight into the desires that dwell within men's psyches... and their hearts. --This text refers to the...


Good Moon Rising
Nancy Garden
0595347673
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind is the classic lesbian young adult novel. It is so truthful and honest, it has been banned from many school libraries and even publicly burned in Kansas City. Her newest novel, Good Moon Rising, is also about a young teenage lesbian and is as moving and startling as Annie. Jan and Kerry are two aspiring actresses in high school. When they begin working on a production of The Crucible -- not coincidentally about another kind of witchhunt -- they find that they are at the center of a social and academic controversy. As always, Garden understands the problems of young people, the prevalence of social homophobia, and pain of being an outcast. Good Moon Rising is mandatory reading for anyone interested in the problems faced by gay youth today, or for that matter,...


Dove and Sword
Nancy Garden
0613027299
June 1997
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Venturing far from the contemporary Brooklyn setting of her Annie on My Mind, Garden takes up the story of Joan of Arc-and proves that she is as compassionate and imaginative with the vagaries of 15th-century French history as with the problems of 20th-century gay teens. Wisely, she centers her novel on a fictional character, Gabrielle, who comes from the same village as "Jeannette" and who follows her into battle, serving as a medic. Accordingly Garden need not convince the reader that saints have spoken with Jeannette and sanctioned her mission; it suffices that Gabrielle believes this. Instead of emphasizing religion, the author brings into high relief the dramas of daily life in rural homes, in combat, in sheltered convents. Gabrielle, who serves as narrator, is essentially a modern creature-she chafes at the...


National Audubon Society: Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Eastern Region
John W. Thieret
0375402322
April 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
This compact guidebook, produced to the National Audubon Society's high standards of quality, gives full descriptions of more than 650 species found east of the Rocky Mountains, along with notes on several hundred more. The eminently sensible organization relies on first-impression visible characteristics rather than the elaborate keys of some older texts--a format well suited to beginning wildflower enthusiasts. If, for instance, you wanted to identify a long-stemmed, tubular red flower that you found in a grove of loblolly pines, you would first turn to the color plates, find the section devoted to red flowers, find a likely match from the 30-odd choices, and then turn to the text to see that the flower's habitat and range made a good fit, ruling out those species that do not. After a few minutes' looking, you'll have...


Montrose: Life in a Garden
Nancy Goodwin
0822336049
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
It takes a committed gardener to characterize a year of unseasonable killing frost, brutal summer heat and drought, and a destructive ice storm as "the happiest year of my life." In this chronicle of tasks and events at Montrose, her historic North Carolina home, Goodwin reveals herself to be as dedicated as she is talented. Montrose became widely recognized during the 10 years Goodwin ran a successful nursery business there and she remains known as much for her personal skill and knowledge as for the series of themed gardens she created and tends on its 61 acres. Each chapter covers one month, interspersing closely observed descriptions of the appearance, habit and care of individual plants with anecdotes about the doings of her small staff, her encouraging husband, their friends and visitors, and the cats she...


Annie on My Mind
Nancy Garden
0808587560
Sept 1992
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Garden's exceptionally well-rendered tale concerns two teenage girls who fall in love with each other. Ages 14-up. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Review
"The story of two young women who love each other. It is an honest portrayal of their love with an ending that is in keeping with, and worthy of, the rest of the book."--The Baltimore Sun

"Annie on My Mind was an eye-opener (maybe 'heartopener' is a better term)."--The Milwaukee Journal

"A tender, bittersweet love story."--Young Adult Reviewers' Choice/Booklist

"Departs from the fact-packed preachiness of the problem novel to become instead a compelling story of two real and intriguing...

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