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Miriam's Words: The Personal Price of a Public Life Paperback – July 20, 2013
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About the Author
Miriam Barber Judd (author) was born in India in 1904 to missionary parents. They moved back to the United States when she was 8 and they settled in Montclair, NJ. She attended Mount Holyoke College, graduating in 1925. It was there that she first met Dr. Walter Judd. They were both involved with the Student Volunteer Movement, and she was the editor of their magazine in New York City for two years. She then taught English in India for two years. She received a Master’s degree from Columbia Teacher’s College. She and Walter were married in 1932, and after a short stay in Minnesota, they moved to China, where Walter was head of a hospital in the interior. After the Japanese invaded, she was finally forced to flee for good with her two young daughters, and Walter joined them a year later in New Jersey, where by now Miriam had given birth to a third daughter. After Walter’s election to Congress in 1942 on the strength of his stance against Japanese militarism, they moved to Washington, D.C., where they stayed for the remainder of their lives. There, Miriam ran a household and raised three daughters while volunteering with the Red Cross, Congressional Wives’ Club, United Givers’ Fund and Meals-on-Wheels. She was involved in several church leadership roles as well. She was dedicated to the YWCA, serving on the board of the area branch as well as the national organization, and it was during her presidency of the National Capitol Area YWCA that all the branches of the area were first desegregated. She also remained very active in her Mount Holyoke alumnae activities, and spoke to many civic groups about her experiences. She died in 1994 at almost 90, just four months after Walter’s death. Mary Lou Judd Carpenter (editor) was born in Rochester, MN but lived in China until she was almost four. After several years in Montclair, NJ and Minneapolis, MN, her father, Dr. Walter H. Judd, was elected to Congress and the family moved to Washington, D.C., where she grew up. After graduation from Mount Holyoke College in 1955, Mary Lou worked in New York City and at the University of Michigan. Since 1960 she has lived in Minneapolis where she has participated extensively in volunteer efforts on behalf of human rights, social welfare, and church, school, and community well-being. She has three children and seven grandchildren.
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when women took a back seat to their husbands. Well done!
It is clear you are in the hands of an experienced, talented writer with a real sense of how to use foreshadowing, properly set the stage, and embed in readers’ minds important characteristics through judicious use of language in dialogue, and in the underlying narrative.
When a policeman is discovered murdered near a homeless camp, officers react with a wide spectrum of expected responses from rage at the homeless, guilty or innocent, and sincere attempts to discover the killer. Meanwhile a detective related to the dead man would rather be on that unit, but he’s assigned to track someone who is preying on young girls, sexually assaulting them on video and blackmailing the girl’s parents.
Each of the principals in the novel also has personal and relationship circumstances that provide stress and happiness at various times. It all makes for a rich stew with many ingredients that have to be carefully balanced. Sellars skillfully guides the reader through the sometimes gritty and often difficult times experienced by her characters. When the results of careful deductive reasoning and persistent investigation finally begin to resolve into profiles the detectives can grasp and move to conclusion, there are a few times when things seem just a bit rushed.
The novel is extremely well written has a fine sense of its special location and the characters are all well-defined. This is a mystery detective novel that should satisfy every reader.