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New Novel Set in the Catskills

“Silver Dollar Girls” is a combination of World War II history and a fictional family narrative, set in a rural valley during the 2020 COVID lockdown. Margaret DiBenedetto worked on the book over the past two years and recently published it through her kitchen-table publishing company Full Court Press. She’d been looking for a way to incorporate her mother’s aviation stories into her writing, which until now, has been comprised of nature essays and children’s stories.

DiBenedetto’s mother, Ruth Reynolds, was a member of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and ferried almost every type of WWII transport and combat aircraft from manufacturing plants to air bases around the country.

From the author:

“COVID presented a unique opportunity to tell the story of a young woman fleeing from New York City to her family’s abandoned farmhouse, where she rediscovers her childhood experiences and finds a family secret. The storyline is fictional, but the aviation accounts come straight from my mother’s history. The characters are for the most part invented, but are also a fusion of people in my life. Some might be recognizable.”

“It was my COVID lockdown project,” says DiBenedetto. “I think anyone who lives here can identify with the descriptions of the community and the situations as the main character negotiates rural life during the pandemic. Now that we are back to some semblance of normalcy, I think we tend to forget or block out the challenges we all faced during 2020, and what a scary time it was.”

“It’s a little book about a little valley in the Catskills. I think readers will find it interesting, entertaining, and touching. I really hope they enjoy it.”

Book Reading and Signing Event

with Author and Publisher Margaret DiBenedetto

Christmas Land, Altamont, NY

November 26, 2022

11 am – 1 pm

Ebony Bear, A Nurturing Ursine Learns a Lesson by Margaret DiBenedetto is the first in a series of wildlife books that are based on research gathered from various sources, including scientific papers and websites, and communication with scientists and experts. Ebony Bear is a book for children and parents as well, who might in one night have to read a book five or more times – the book includes little nuggets that maintain everyone’s interest and curiosity.


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“Enchanting!” “I love how she tells the story, very engaging, and weaves into it lessons for the bears and for people too. The world needs this series . . .”

— Leslie T. Sharpe, author of Quarry Fox


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