BOOK: "LITTLE CHAPEL ON THE RIVER"
William Morrow, 2005 (Hardcover)/Harper, 2006 (Paperback)
Forced from her downtown Manhattan apartment by the terrorist attack of September 11, journalist Wendy Bounds was delivered to Guinan's doorstep -- a legendary Irish drinking hole and country store nestled along the banks of the Hudson River in the small town of Garrison, New York -- by a friend.
Captivated by the bar's charismatic but ailing owner and his charming, motley clientele, Bounds uprooted herself permanently and moved to tiny Garrison, the picturesque river town they all call home. There she became one of the rare female regulars at the old pub and was quickly swept up into its rhythm, heartbeat, and grand history -- as related by Jim Guinan himself, the stubborn high priest of this little chapel. Surrounded by a crew of endearing, delightfully colorful characters who were now her neighbors and friends, she slowly finds her own way home.
BOOK: "BIRDS ON THE COUCH"
Crown (Hardcover), 1998
Why does my bird swear like a sailor?
Why does he torment my cat by calling her in my voice?
What's behind his obsession with mirrors?
And why does he bite the hand that feeds him?
Published by Crown Publisher's Inc., 1998
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FIRST PERSON ESSAYS
Thirty-two hours have elapsed since we fled down these same stairs, carrying only our wallets and the clothes on our backs. In the bright comfort of the blue sky on that Tuesday morning, we never imagined we wouldn't be home for dinner, resuming life as normal with Stoli, our 14-year-old cat. But our next-door neighbor is -- was -- the World Trade Center. And home is now a ghost town.
"Your father gave notice of his retirement plans," she said.
The words hung between Raleigh, N.C., and New York, not sinking in. He what? My father had been a veterinarian for three decades, but he was only 54. People don't retire in their 50s, I thought -- they get promoted or find new careers. In the media world I write about, some of the chairmen are my grandfather's age and still won't retire.
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