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    New York City Women During World War II

    In Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan has produced a closely researched exploration of life in New York City during World War II and describes a range of ways in which New York women became involved in the war effort. Brooklyn Navy Yard During the ... Beyond the Book
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    The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
    by Cherise Wolas

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    Over half of those who reviewed Cherise Wolas' debut novel, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, rated it a glowing 5 stars. But about a quarter disliked it intensely, resulting in...

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    In The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, the eponymous main character struggles to maintain her career as a writer while raising two children. She is not alone; thousands of women grapple with this issue every day. In recent years many books have been ... Beyond the Book

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