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Authors To Read New Novels At Scarsdale Library

Barbara Josselsohn, left, and Liane Carter
Barbara Josselsohn, left, and Liane Carter Photo Credit: Scarsdale Public Library

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Two authors of recently published books, Barbara Solomon Josselsohn, a Scarsdale resident, and Liana Carter, an advocate for the autism community, will read from and discuss their books at a special authors talk Friday at the Scarsdale Public Library.

Josselsohn’s first novel, “The Last Dreamer” tells the story of Iliana Passing, who gave up her journalist career to start a family. Almost 15 years later, she wonders how she ended up with a loving family and life spent carpooling and running errands. Ready to get back into journalism, Iliana searches for an exciting story and discovers Jeff Downs, the heartthrob star of an old TV show and her girlhood crush, owns a nearby textile company. She thinks she’s found her story: teen celebrity and its aftermath. As Iliana gets to know Jeff, the two grow closer and she faces her present-day reality, how far will she go to entertain an old fantasy?

Josselsohn is a magazine writer specializing in articles and essays about home and family. Her work has appeared in the "New York Times," "Consumers Digest" and numerous other publications and websites.

Carter’s memoir, “Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: a Family Grows Up With Autism," focuses on how to create an ordinary family life while dealing with the extraordinary needs of an autistic child? Carter writes about Mickey, who is charming, funny, compassionate, and autistic. In her unflinching portrait of family life, Carter provides a mother's insight into what really goes on in the two decades after diagnosis. Mickey's struggles and triumphs along the road to adulthood are honestly detailed to show how one family learned to grow and thrive with autism.

Carter is a nationally-known writer and advocate for the autism community. Her articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including the "New York Times" and the "Chicago Tribune."

The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. The library is at 54 Olmsted Road.

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