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Lydia Dishman is an award-winning writer and editor based in the Southeast.

Red Hook Road

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Red Hook Road

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When a young couple is killed, their parents are left to pick up the pieces -- and bridge the gap between them.
The Red Thread

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The Red Thread

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The trials and triumphs of an adoption agency's director are at the heart of this emotional tale.
Girl in Translation

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Girl in Translation

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Jean Kwok's novel of a Chinese-American girl's life is woven through with hard-won knowledge.

The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival

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The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival

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A new arrival in a sleepy Louisiana parish wakes things up in this sly small-town comedy.
A Good Talk

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A Good Talk

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The novelist and editor offers an essay on the art of conversation worthy of Montaigne.
Traveling with Pomegranates

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Traveling with Pomegranates

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The author of The Secret Life of Bees and her daughter pen an unusual memoir of travel and self-discovery.
Voices of the Desert

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Voices of the Desert

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The re-imagining of fictional characters as a literary trope has given us startling new perspectives on a host of supporting players.
Dreaming in Hindi

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Dreaming in Hindi

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Katherine Russell Rich hit the skids with a bump and crash. Recovering from two bouts of cancer and getting fired from her magazine job left her with a life that, she says, “no longer made...
Lucky Girl

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Lucky Girl

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I suspect many adoptees have been told they were lucky at some point in their lives: fortunate to have escaped an unknown fate; blessed to have been chosen by a new family who loves them. For...
At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream

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At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream

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Wade Rouse is an unlikely modern-day Thoreau. Sure, he’s quit his high-powered job in St. Louis and struck out for the territory on the sparsely populated shores of Lake Michigan, with...
The Pleasure Is All Mine

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The Pleasure Is All Mine

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You can lick your fingers. As I said, it’s a messy meal. Just refrain from loud sucking noises. And as for drinking wine with your bird, hold the glass by the stem, as you should. Thank...
Rag and Bone

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Rag and Bone

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Watching an ultrasound of his unborn daughter swimming in the dark soup of the womb offered Peter Manseau more than just a glimpse of the infant soon to make her way into his arms. It put him on...