BARBARA’S BOOK

Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

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Leap Year 1976 — The Day I Popped the Question

Barbara Falconer and Jon Newhall in a swimming pool circa 1975. Photo by Ruth Newhall

This is a Leap Year, and Monday is Leap Day. That means Jon and I will be celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the day I proposed marriage. Read more.

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Mom With Kids — The Home Office Blues

A 1986 home office with computer, crib, toddler and cat. Photo by Barbara Newhall

I liked being shoehorned into a 9-by-11-foot home office with three computers, a telephone, a cat, and a dear husband — most of the time. Read more.

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The Center of the Universe Lives at Our House

A newborn baby, a few weeks old, is held by his adoring parents. Barbara Newhall Photo

Children run the world. And everyone who’s ever had a kid knows it. Read more.

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Our No TV Week — The Kids Survived, but Did I?

A wooden Brio train with cars, track and bridge from the 1980s. Photo by Barbara Newhall

What would happen, I wondered, if our family had no TV for a week. Who would complain the most? Read more.

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The Day Our Son Didn’t Drown — Family Stories

Two children play on the steps of a condominium pool in Miami Beach in 1985 with Atlantic in the background. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Family stories: Four-year-old Peter’s body was limp. His eyes stared blankly into the Florida sky. We’d been swimming in a pool designed for adults. Read more.

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The Politics of Housework, Revisited

Men and housework and childcare. A man carries his affectionate toddler girl. Photo by Barbara Newhall

As a feminist conversant with the politics of housework, I tried not to be too preoccupied with clean. Then I learned I was allergic to the dustballs under my marital bed. Read more.

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