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Miss America, 1945

release date: Dec 27, 1999
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Miss America, 1945
Part biography, part cultural history, this book evokes America in the thirties and forties while revealing the story of a poor Jewish girl from the Bronx and her encounter with prize and prejudice after becoming Miss America.

The Commons

release date: Feb 14, 2014
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The Commons
It is the year 2165. Climate change has impoverished the world. One giant corporation governs North America and controls the food supply. When a fierce wheat plague threatens everyone with starvation. an alliance of plant scientists, robot spies, and fed-up farmers organize to fight it. And at their center is a young woman named Lizzie who dreamed of being an ordinary pop singer and becomes instead the voice of the revolution.

The Nazi Officer's Wife

release date: Jan 31, 2012
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The Nazi Officer's Wife
#1 New York Times Bestseller Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Despite Edith's protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity a secret. In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells how German officials casually questioned the lineage of her parents; how during childbirth she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and how, after her husband was captured by the Soviets, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street. Despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document, as well as photographs she took inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust—complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.

Stolen Goods

release date: Apr 01, 1991
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Stolen Goods
After drifting into a routine of noncommitment, Anna Karavajian meets Charles, a struggling playwright, but soon finds her love threatened by an incident involving a seemingly small theft

The Farm Bill

release date: Jun 01, 2013
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The Farm Bill
The Farm Bill is a very funny play. And then you realize how serious it is. Luana is a low level clerk at the mammoth U.S. Department of Agriculture. She enjoys her job and likes her co-workers. She doesn't think much about what she's actually doing. When somebody she respects tells Luana that what she is doing may be bad for the country, she's embarrassed; defensive; bewildered. She starts thinking about who's being helped and who's being hurt by this policy and that technology. She starts wondering whether some of those nice people she works with are really public enemies, undermining the bounty of the great American land. And one day, in the middle of the ordinary routine of her ordinary office, Luana launches a one-woman revolution that, for a few triumphant moments, brings the mammoth bureaucracy grinding quietly to a halt. In a single taut, fascinating act, award-winning playwright Susan Dworkin takes us through one woman's political awakening and brings the politics of farming into human focus for every audience. Says director Ahvi Spindell, whose production of The Farm Bill ran off-Broadway in New York: “The Farm Bill is a timeless play, hilarious and scathing. It strikes at the heart of government's frequent inability to serve the people it is supposed to represent. As an audience we relish the wit and passion with which Susan Dworkin's characters do battle. She gives voice to the rebellion many of us wish we could join.”Ideal for theatres, schools, organization meetings, The Farm Bill is exceptionally easy to produce. There are four characters, two men, two women. The play runs about 35 minutes (sometimes more with the laughs.) The simple set is comprised of a couple of desks and chairs, a book case, some files and a 70s era phone. The issues of the play are with us always. Who controls the food supply? What's the trade-off between saving the planet and growing enough food for everyone? What happens to the soul of the people when all connection to the land is lost? The Farm Bill can serve as a terrific “trigger play”, igniting discussion and debate. (Suggested questions for discussion are bound right into the script.) Actors will find it laden with powerful scenes, perfect as audition selections.And the royalties are most reasonable, as potential producers will discover when they contact dividedlightprojects@susandworkin.com.About the author: Susan Dworkin's book The Nazi Officer's Wife, has become an international best seller. The story of one woman's extraordinary escape from the Holocaust (written with the woman who lived it, the late Edith Hahn Beer), it has been translated into a dozen languages. Her most recent book was The Viking in the Wheat Field, the story of the great seed banker Dr. Bent Skovmand and his struggle to preserve the world's crops for future generations. She was for ten years a contributing editor at Ms. Magazine, where she interviewed scores of celebrities, among them Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Roseanne Barr, and Carol Burnett. Her film study, Making Tootsie, is a staple of film school curricula. Susan Dworkin's other plays include The Baking Song, about two geniuses trying to succeed at being in love; The Old Mezzo, the story of a great singer's struggle for freedom under fascism; All Day Suckers, a comic satire on American health care; The Miami Dig, about some feisty senior citizens trying to rewrite their own history. The Book of Candy, a musical written with composer Mel Marvin, strikes a theme common to much of Ms. Dworkin's work: the political awakening of the individual citizen. It was voted best new musical by the critics in New Jersey where it was first produced. Susan lives in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts. She blogs at susandworkin.com – often about environmental politics and the role of the individual in answering the needs of a screaming planet. Her latest novel, The Commons, will appear next fall.

The Garden Lady

release date: Mar 23, 2019
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The Garden Lady
Maxie Dash, the heroine of The Garden Lady, is a famous beauty, a fashion icon, the face of many national TV ads. She has a gift for comedy and one best friend whom she treasures as a sister. Her first husband, a world-class photographer, took pictures of her in the nude which are so beautiful that they now hang in museums. On the cusp of her 50s, Maxie decides to make one more marriage, something permanent and restful, to a rich man who will guarantee her an affluent life and future security. Amazingly she finds the perfect man. Even more amazingly, she grows to love him. Albert shares Maxie's passion for the opera. He willingly supports her favorite charities. He indulges her delight in public gardens and allows her to endow the community with their beauty. All he asks in return is that she give him her love and her unswerving loyalty and agree to know nothing - absolutely nothing - about his business.

Making Tootsie

release date: Aug 28, 2012
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Making Tootsie
Describes the experiences of actor Dustin Hoffman and director Sydney Pollack during the production of the motion picture "Tootsie."

Desperately Seeking Susan

release date: Jan 01, 1985
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Double De Palma

release date: Jan 01, 1984
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The Book of Candy

release date: Jan 01, 1996
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The Book of Candy
Here is the story of the transformation of a suburban housewife into a tough-minded community leader that recalls elements of both Portnoy's Complaint and Diary of a Mad Housewife. Susan Dworkin is the award-winning author of Stolen Goods, a Literary Guild Editor's Choice.
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