Bethia Mayfield, a minister’s daughter on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, seizes opportunities to learn new things. She listens as her father instructs her brother in Latin and Greek, accompanies local herbalists and midwives, and furtively trades knowledge with her Wampanong Indian friend Caleb. Life is hard in 17th century colonial Massachussett. Teenage Bethia loses her parents and is indentured as a servant, accompanying her brother and Caleb to Boston where they prepare to study at Harvard College. An independent spirit who chafes against the religious and domestic roles assigned to her, Bethia observes and supports the struggle of Caleb and other Native American students who are between two cultures.
A Land More Kind than Home, set in the hills of North Carolina, is a novel of suspense involving two brothers, hard times, tenuous family relationships and religious tension. Here author Wiley Cash discusses the inspiration for his first novel.
You can read more, including, excerpts from the book at Wiley Cash’s website.
Clinical psychologist and MIT professor Sherry Turkle has studied the social and psychological effects of digital culture for over fifteen years. In Alone Together, the final volume in a trilogy beginning with The Second Self and continuing with Life on the Screen, Turkle investigates human reactions to interactive computer programs and robots, cautioning that robots are beginning to replace human caregivers in responding to the social and emotional needs of children, the disabled and the elderly. As a generation has grown up with cell phones, personal communications formerly made by phone and in person are now made online. Paradoxically, as we are now more connected to the world, we are becoming isolated from others, avoiding the intimacy of face to face conversation. Sherry Turkle discusses her research on TED:
In a village in India a daughter is born, a daughter is given away and a life is saved. A daughter is adopted and raised in the United States. Later this daughter, Asha, returns to India to reconnect with her adopted family and to find her birth mother. Writer Shilpi Somaya Gowda tells how she came to write Secret Daughter:
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Are you and your kids tired of the rain? We got a book to see the sunny side of things when it doesn't look like it called "Rain Brings Frogs." You follow a little boy named Nate that points out all the good things from every situation. When Dad says, "Mud. Mud. Mud." Nate says, "Rainbow! Rainbow! Rainbow!" Nate can always find something positive in of all his family and friends' unhappy situations. A great short story to share when things are looking gloomy everywhere.