great review from 101 books in 1001 days

Katie in Florida gives Everyone is Beautiful a great review!  She writes: “I loved this book. (Maybe even better than her first book, The Bright Side of Disaster, which I reviewed here.) I felt like I was there with Lanie, watching her just move through each day until she found her own passion again. Then it was […]

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letterpress books

I was just messing around online, waiting for my kids to fall asleep, and I stumbled on these charming little letterpress books at the crafty website of Jaime Rugh. They are tiny (3 X 4 1/2) with letterpress quotes and sayings inside.  I cannot resist letterpress, or tiny little books, and I want them all.

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super sweet

Kristjana, at the the Mommy Blog, just posted the sweetest blog entry about Everyone Is Beautiful.  After writing about how she’s not posting as much since her new baby (look at that handome face!) came last summer, she said this: Fortunately, inspiration comes in unlikely packages.  Though I have begged off the most recent slew […]

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we have to move to Philadelphia

I had many thoughts at the movie theater last night as my sister and I wept our way through the end of Marley & Me–thoughts about devotion and loyalty, about family and marriage, about pets I have loved and lost, about how much I love stories that validate my own life choices.  But one of […]

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took down the twinkly lights

It always makes me kind of sad to see them go.  If it were up to me, I’d leave them up all year–along with the blow-up snowman.  But I’ve been informed that’s too eccentric.  Maybe 2009 will be so awesome I won’t even miss them.

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our friend Mike

Mike Putnam is a friend of my sweet husband’s from college.  When I hear about Mike from back in the day, it’s usually stories about diving off trestle bridges and other crazy things college boys do. So how amazed was I to find out that he is, in addition to being a veterinarian and former […]

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I had a wakeful child last night

–and found myself awake in the wee hours, long after everybody else was back asleep–cruising around on ETSY looking at beautiful, handmade things and wishing I were an artist with studio full of windows and sunlight.  Here are some photos from a series called Through The Viewfinder at a shop called Scarlet Beautiful.

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I want to marry BOOKLIST!

Just got word of a terrific review for Everyone Is Beautiful from Booklist, which calls it a “superbly written novel filled with unique and resonant characters.”  Please see the whole delicious concluding sentence below: “Center takes a woman at her most vulnerable time and sets her on a journey to find herself without losing what […]

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another reason I love Writers In The Schools

Look at this amazing little poem by first grader Miguel!  If I could BE a holiday card, this would be it! Plus look at the great graphics!  The snowflakes are made out of the WITS tree logo!  Here’s how they describe their program: “WITS gives children all over Houston the gift of creativity, the power to […]

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it’s official: the audiobook

Random House has chosen an actress to read (perform?) the audiobook version of Everyone Is Beautiful, and she’s adorable!  Kirsten Potter–you may have seen her guest spots in Medium or Judging Amy–will record the book in January.  (The audiobook goes on sale the same day as the hardcover—Feb. 17, 2009!) Look at that great smile! […]

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Love. Marriage. Chocolate cake.

Here’s the cover for the British edition of Everyone Is Beautiful! I’m fascinated by the tag line on the front.  I think if I were writing a tag line for Everyone Is Beautiful, it would go something like:  “Love.  Marriage.  Chocolate cake.”

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want to see my ranch?

Blogger, photographer, digital storyteller, and all-around superhero Karen Walrond came out to my family’s ranch (we are Texans, after all) this weekend and took some photos of the place with a twin-lens reflex camera. I am a big fan of old cameras (the main character in Everyone Is Beautiful uses one), and these photos are […]

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american wife

I just finished Curtis Sittenfeld’s new novel, American Wife: “a work of fiction loosely inspired by the life on an American first lady.”  And oh, how I loved it.  The writing is so fine.  The dialogue is so crisp and smart, the inner landscape of the main character is so textured and complicated.  The story […]

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