Two Hankie Movies
Recommended by Laura, a former member of the Adult Services Department at the Canton Public Library.
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A story that pits the birth mother against the new mother. Jackie, a one-time book editor, is now the perfect soccer mom, juggling the schedules of her two kids. Her ex-husband, Luke, who gets weekend custody, is living in the city with a woman half his age. The story heats up when Jackie learns she has cancer and realizes that if something should happen to her, her kids will be left with the irresponsible Isabel as their mother.
George, a down-on-his-luck architect, draws disapproval from the community. He sets out to change his life after suddenly losing his longtime job and discovering he is terminally ill with cancer. Attempting to reconnect with his estranged and troubled son, George plans to spend the summer they have together building his dream home by the sea.
The novel revolves around Noah Calhouns regular visits to a female patron of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the drones of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple whose love affair was tragically put to a halt after their separation in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, the couple was reunited, and despite having taken radically different paths, they found themselves unable to resist the call of a second chance.
Frankie Dunn is a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and has precious little to show for it; his daughter never answers his letters, and a fighter hes groomed into contender status has paid him back by signing with another manager. One day, Maggie Fitzgerald enters Frankies life, as well as his gym, and announces she needs a trainer. Finally won over by her determination, Frankie takes on Maggie, and as she slowly grows into a viable fighter, an emotional bond develops between them.
Oliver Barratt IV is a comfortably-off Harvard pre-law student who falls in love with Radcliffe music student Jenny Cavilleri, a freewheeling, delightfully profane product of a blue-collar Italian/American family. Oliver's father disapproves of the subsequent marriage and cuts off his sons allowance. Despite financial struggles, the couple is blissfully happyuntil Jenny is diagnosed as having a disease that consigns the victim to an early death.