March 15, 2009 On the shelves

“Life Sentences” by Laura Lippman — By baring her life on the page, author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success. However, after an unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes the she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction. As a girl, Cassandra grew up in a racially diverse, middle-class neighborhood where all of her three best friends were black.