Lerner, Ben

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The Lights

Sometimes it can feel like a tale of two works, the junction not quite seamless, with some of the poetry here feeling a bit more academic and opaque next to the thrilling prose. But on the whole, this is another stunningly audacious work from Lerner that surveys life through the lens of art and vice versa, intimate and universal, challenging but deeply rewarding.

Why Is My Child in Charge? A Roadmap To End Power Struggles, Increase Cooperation, and Find Joy in Parenting Young Children

This helpful resource posits that shifting one’s mindset can help parents see conflicts objectively and identify causes; its tactics should equip parents to center their needs and their child’s.

All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Although some of the military details can be a little dry, Lerner effectively balances two very different accounts surrounding a traumatic time in history. For fans of both military history and biography.

The Topeka School

Readers seeking the wry humor for which MacArthur fellow Lerner is noted will find it in short supply here. This exploration of the angst-filled road to manhood is recommended for fans of Jonathan Franzen. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]

Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen

Cohen fans will devour this book, hoping to find clues about the man behind the legend. As with Dwayne Raymond's Mornings with Mailer, it provides an intimate look at the daily life of an artist.

A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America's First Mental Health Court

Written by a committed legal advocate, this book is valuable for its cogent insights into the development and spread of mental health courts as well as its critical perspective on the Florida mental health care system.

Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances

Taking a page from the musical Hamilton's diverse cast of characters, these stories tackle issues of race, sexual orientation, religion, and class while still managing to be heartwarming and humorous. Lerner (A Taste of Honey) and Milan (Unveiled) are established authors who continue to deliver satisfying romances, while rising star Cole (An Extraordinary Union) adds a unique new voice to the genre. Highly recommended.

A Taste of Honey

Explicitly sexy, funny, and sweet as spun sugar, this engaging, erotic bagatelle is a decadent treat for fans who like their romances on the edgy side. Lerner (Listen to the Moon) lives in Seattle.

Why Won't You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts

Highly recommended for mental health professionals and anyone struggling to offer an apology, hoping for one, or wishing to move on—with or without forgiving.

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