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More 2021 Winter Releases from Rona Jaffe Foundation Award Winners!

New Books from Ladee Hubbard, Eileen Pollack & Ladette Randolph


(l-r): Ladee Hubbard, Eileen Pollack, Ladette Randolph (photo: Tami Turnball)


Ladee Hubbard (’16), The Last Suspicious Holdout: Stories (Amistad, March 2022).

Hubbard’s (The Talented Ribkins, The Rib King) “thirteen gripping tales deftly chronicle poignant moments in the lives of an African American community located in a ‘sliver of southern suburbia.’ Spanning from 1992 to 2007, the stories represent a period during which the Black middle-class expanded. Characters spotlighted in one story reappear in another, providing a stunning testament to the enduring resilience of Black people as they navigate the ‘post-racial’ period The Last Suspicious Holdout so vividly portrays.”


Eileen Pollack (’96), Maybe It’s Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman (Delphinium Books, Jan. 202

“Pollack shares with poignant humor the trials of being smart and female in a world in which women are rarely appreciated for both their bodies and their minds. Maybe It’s Me is a question all women have asked themselves. But Pollack’s message will resonate with readers of all genders as a story of the very human search for connection, love, acceptance, and self-respect. The author of the groundbreaking memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club, Pollack proves that even in her sixties, wiser and more bruised but no less hilarious, she is still very much in the game.”


Ladette Randolph (’02), Private Way (University of Nebraska Press, Flyover Fiction Series, March 2022).

Randolph is the author of five books including the novel Haven’s Wake and the memoir Leaving the Pink House. Private Way is her third novel.

“In 2015, when cyberbullies disrupt her life in Southern California, Vivi Marx decides to cut her cord with the internet and take her life offline for a year. She flees to the one place where she felt safe as a child—with her grandmother in Lincoln, Nebraska. Despite her efforts to outrun it, trouble follows her to Nebraska, just not in the ways she’d feared. With the help of her neighbors, Willa Cather’s novels, and her own imagination, Vivi finds something she hadn’t known she was searching for.”



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