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KLIATTIn this celebration of the relationship between children and their aunts, Sturgis assembled work by 35 writers, some professional, some nonprofessional. She divides the book into thematic sections: Second Mothers, Independent Spirits, New York Aunties, Role Models, and Avenging Angels. The essays (and a poem or two) are drawn mostly from the work of Americans but some come from other countries. The writers have had quite mixed experiences. Examples: There is the aunt who, her nephew and family suspect, is having a fling with her priest, a man she knew in high school. An aunt provides shelter for a displaced family, then raises the children's sights by disciplining them and rewarding them handsomely for good grades. An aging aunt shares a room with her niece, but there is only limited accord between them. An aunt raises her niece and helps her push back against the pervasive racism in her life. Throughout the book, aunts provide love and often refuge from a difficult life. They are also keepers of family traditions, free spirits, and sometimes major irritants. The essays tend to be four to seven pages in length. The book is suitable for use in creative writing classes (almost everyone will have an aunt to write about) and would be a fine gift for a beloved aunt. Women's studies students would find a fresh perspective here. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Random House, Ballantine, 204p. bibliog., Ages 15 to adult.