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Color Play

by Cathy Martin Laura Park’s house was a hive of activity on the day that we spoke, with her three dogs underfoot, her oldest daughter packing up and rushing out the door, and boxes scattered about as she and her husband, Trip, were preparing to move from the Eastover home where they’ve lived for 18 years. Despite the chaos, the…

Climbing the Ladder

Summer jobs are the bottom rung. By Susan S. Kelly It’s August. How’s that summer job going for your prodigal son and daughter? You know, the fancy-pants NYC internship that you’re heavily subsidizing. Or are your offspring going to one day say accusingly, as mine have, “Why didn’t you make me get an internship?” The short answer is that we…

A Tree Grows in Carolina

Two debut novels renew old Brooklyn ties. By D.G. Martin Some North Carolina literary old-timers remember a special link between North Carolina and Brooklyn. In 1943 Harper & Brothers published the best-seller, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, one of America’s most-loved novels.     The North Carolina connection? Although its author, Betty Smith, based the novel on her experiences growing up…