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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thankful

A gorgeous print from Farouche‘s delicious ETSY shop… One of the many things I’m thankful for today is apple crisp. I lost my Joy Of Cooking recipe for it and had to search around online, and I found a katrillion recipes before I found mine.  But guess what?  There’s only one correct recipe for apple […]

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great review for Bright Side at Planet Mom!

Melinda over at Planet Mom has just posted a glowing review of Bright Side! (And added it to Kirtsy!)  She worries that she waited too long after getting her book to post about it, but I say it’s never too late for a great review. Here’s what Planet Mom has to say: “It is a […]

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new book tour stop: Dallas!

Looks like I’ll be headed to Dallas on March 5, 2009 for a reading for Everyone Is Beautiful at Legacy Books. From what I can find online, Legacy books looks enormous and swanky and gorgeous.  Can’t wait.

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forgetfulness

I posted this YouTube video of Billy Collins’ poem “Forgetfulness” on Kirtsy when I was a Guest Editor there last year.  I still find myself going back to watch it from time to time.  I love the grainy animation in the video, the way the images flicker in and out and overlap each other.  And, […]

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square america

I’ve made a great discovery. A site called Square America that is “a gallery of vintage snapshots and vernacular photography.”  Photos from the early 20th century up through the 1970s or so. I keep going back to the site to browse through it. Some of the images are breathtaking. Some of them are funny. All […]

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cowgirl

I stumbled on this photograph today at Cowgirl Up!, and I can’t stop going back to look at it.

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book tour for Everyone Is Beautiful!

The dates are confirmed for my book tour for Everyone Is Beautiful!  There are still some unconfirmed events, and not all the times are set, so I’ll update this page as I can. Send your friends!  Send your family!  Or, heck–just buy a plane ticket and meet me there! Tuesday, FEBRUARY 17 Everyone Is Beautiful […]

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the duchess

My eyes are puffy this morning because I cried so hard and so long while watching The Duchess at the movies last night.  I mean, I cried and cried. But good crying. Cathartic crying.  The kind that comes from experiencing something real. I want to feel something when I see a movie or read a […]

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interview at Trashionista!

Keris, at the fun and feisty British site Trashionista, has posted an interview with me.  Visit the site to learn who my favorite chick-lit heroine is, find out what I’m reading now, hear my theme song, and read shameful secrets about my housewifery habits.

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the new author photo

I always find myself flipping back the the author photos on the jackets of books I’m reading, just curious about the authors and trying to get to know them a little by studying their faces.  And if I’m reading a second book by an author I’ve read before, I’m always bummed when they re-use the […]

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essay in upcoming anthology: Because I Love Her

I’m all excited about the essay I have coming out in April in the anthology Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond. The book is edited by Andrea N. Richesin, who also did The May Queen, and it features Karen Joy Fowler, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Joyce Maynard, and one of my very favorite writers, […]

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great review at BOOKFINDS

Bookfinds just gave The Bright Side of Disaster a fantastic review! Here’s an excerpt: “Often, I find myself leaving books half-finished, growing weary with stilted prose or predictable plots. But there are those rare moments when I find a book that really speaks to me. A book that makes me fall in love with both […]

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speaking at the Mom 2.0 Summit

I’ll be speaking at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Houston this coming February.  The Kirtsy Chicks and OpMom are organizing, so you know it’s going to rock. Here’s how they describe the summit: What do you get when you mix top brands, mom bloggers, social media experts, marketing leaders, media leaders, tech moms and mompreneurs […]

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world-famous tortilla soup!

Last summer, reader and blogger Natasha Maw did an interview with me on her Maw Books Blog.  One of her questions was about a tomato-lime soup that I’d written about in The Bright Side of Disaster.  She thought the soup sounded good, and wondered if I had the recipe. Of course, many of things in […]

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