Esther Minskoff


My life is split. The first part (the majority) was spent as a Professor of Special Education at James Madison University where I trained teachers to work with students with disabilities. I wrote two professional books. I authored "Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners," and co-authored "Academic Success Strategies for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities and ADHD" which has been translated into French and Korean. Upon retirement, I began writing novels which is more taxing intellectually than writing textbooks, and much more fun. There's just no way to include sex scenes in a book on teaching reading! However, the thought of my children reading such scenes is a bit worrisome. I have completed three novels: "Dirty Genes," "Dual Identity," and "A State of Kindness," all of which are available through the miraculous technology afforded by Smashwords. Writing is my second greatest source of joy; my first are my husband, 3 children, and 6 grandchildren.


Truth and Consequences
Price: Free! Words: 61,500. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
In 1943 in Nazi Germany, Dr. Dorothea Schmidt, Director of the Berlin School for the Handicapped, watches as her students are taken away to be gassed and burned. She cannot stop this atrocity despite her romantic ties to a Nazi leader. Guilt haunts her. After the war, she emigrates to America where she establishes a new school and finds vindication knowing that she created good from evil.
A State of Kindness
Price: Free! Words: 107,410. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
As a child Mary is forced into prostitution by her mother. When her mother dies, she is wrongly placed in an institution for the retarded. Working with disabled children, she finds kindness in her heart. She is released to care for a retarded child from a rich family. Mary feels responsible when the girl is murdered. She is healed by Charlie who like her wants to live life in a state of kindness
Dual Identity
Price: Free! Words: 118,680. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Dual Identity is a story of innocence lost, self-imposed exile, and adaptation to survive. Hannah and Tommy find bliss when they fall in love at first sight, marry, and have a child. After they learn that they are twins who were separated at birth, they move to Alaska. They survive and even thrive as they adapt to their new lives.
Dirty Genes
Price: Free! Words: 81,460. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Abra, an intellectually gifted woman from a family with mentally retarded parents and siblings, is the family caretaker until she goes away to college severing all family ties. Sixteen years later she learns that her sister died starting her on a quest to understand why she abandoned her family. She falls in love with Adam who helps her cope with her view that she has "dirty genes."

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