Cynthia-Marie Marmo O’Brien is a writer and educator in New York.

Grace Paley sits beside a pile of books in her home in Thetford Hill, Vt., April 9, 2003 (AP Photo/Toby Talbot).
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Cynthia-Marie Marmo O'BrienAugust 16, 2017
Paley knew by instinct what science now confirms: the role reading plays in developing empathy for the other.
Arts & Culture Books
Cynthia-Marie Marmo O'BrienFebruary 09, 2017
The challenge of invisibility is paramount in 'The Refugees.'
Cynthia-Marie Marmo O'BrienApril 21, 2016
'Thirteen Ways of Looking,' by Colum McCann
Cynthia-Marie Marmo O'BrienMarch 19, 2013
"God can handle honesty and prayer begins an honest conversation,” Anne Lamott asserts.