I Am Here Now by Barbara BottnerFreshman Maisie Meyers is a budding Bronx artist in the early 1960s whose family includes a globe-trotting father, a physically abusive mother, and a younger brother obsessed with Gershwin. All she wants is a different life and a friend to grow up with. At school, she meets Rachel, and the two become close, especially after Maisie meets Rachel’s mother, Kiki, who is an artist. But life goes from bad to worse after Maisie’s father walks out and her mother spirals downward, and when Maisie falls for Rachel’s boyfriend, Gino. Risking relationships with everyone in her life … [Read More]