Americans in Space

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Macmillan, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Life is a challenge for 36-year-old Kate Cavanaugh, high school guidance counselor to a motley group of at-risk students. Two years after finding her young husband dead in bed beside her, Kate's storybook life has vanished, and she and her two children are still reeling. Her daughter Charlotte, once a sweet girl, has morphed into an angry, tattooed, tongue-studded teen; and Hunter, Kate's four-year-old, keeps his feelings sealed tight inside and an empty ketchup bottle clasped to his heart. When a tragedy occurs at the Alan B. Shepard High School, it's Kate who finds herself in need of counsel and guidance. What she does next catapults her and her family down an unfamiliar road, on a trajectory into space—toward understanding, forgiveness and healing.

 

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User Review  - TheLostEntwife - LibraryThing

I have had Americans in Space on my TBR pile for over two years now. When culling through some of my selections from that time I decided, on a whim, to keep this one because the title fascinated me ... Read full review

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User Review  - coolmama - LibraryThing

LOVED this book! She is now my new favorite author. Told with empathy, heart, and humor this story about a woman who lost her husband at 36 had sadness and charm as the story unfolds about her 4 year ... Read full review

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Contents

If You Love Something
1
The Comfort of Ketchup
9
Real Simple
13
Your Space Is My Space
19
Cheerios and Bar Tricks
23
Dont Even Try
27
Ask the Retarded Therapist
35
Bad Reception
45
My LoveHate Relationship with Angelina Jolie
151
Blow Blow Blow
157
Running in Jeans
165
On the Road with Mr Heinz
171
Flying
177
We Are Family
185
Skull and Bones Club
193
Crusty and Brittle in the End
207

Click Here to Invite More Friends
51
Red Alert
55
Ever Been to North Carolina?
61
What Would Kyle Do?
67
Monkeys Bed All Broken
77
Girls Night Out
85
The Grope Zone
99
Slipping Through the Cracks
107
The Little Tree That Had to Die
113
Tie Food
123
Stayin Alive
133
Just Love Them
137
Role Models
147
Into the Woods from Grandmothers House
213
I Just Want to Go Now
221
Can You Hear Me Now?
225
Whos a Johnny Rain Cloud?
235
Of Snowflakes and Suicides
241
Open House
259
Americans in Space
269
If It Comes Back
275
Love in Complete Sentences
279
Family Reunion
285
Gravity
289
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About the author (2009)

Mary E. Mitchell is author of the novel Starting Out Sideways. A writer of fiction, non-fiction and essays, she has published her work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Minnesota Star Tribune, Contrary Magazine, The Writing Self, Family Circle, First for Women, and online at Kaplancollege.com. She is a recipient of the New England PEN Discovery Award for her novel, The Nearness of You. For years she has taught writing at the Joan Brack Adult Learning Center and Bethany Hill School, a living and learning community, both in Framingham, Massachusetts. She lives with her husband in Massachusetts.

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