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Books: A Case Study

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I’ve never met an avid reader who was also an asshole; I’m convinced the two are mutually exclusive. I’m a white, financially secure, American who empathetically did “the skedaddle” with Jeanette Walls in THE GLASS CASTLE, endured footbinding through Lisa See’s SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, feared Biafra alongside southeastern Nigerians in HALF OF A YELLOW SUN (Chimamanda Ngozi…
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My Favorite Books of 2016 (So Far)

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2016 has been a delicious year for reading, a state of perfect bibliophilic equilibrium wherein the “read” stack and the “to-be-read” stack have stayed even most of the time. Here are my favorites of the year so far, with helpful links to Indiebound so you can buy them at a bookstore near you: (1) DEAR…
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Interview with The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living author Louise Miller, and a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

I have a ritual that I perform every Friday afternoon that I can. After work, I sit down at my kitchen table with a bowl of popcorn and I read the current issue of People Magazine. Nothing is more relaxing–it’s total escapist fun. One of my favorite features is the One Last Thing interview in…
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The City Girl’s Guide to Small Town Fiction: Why I Love Louise Miller’s Debut Novel

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I’m a city girl. I’ve lived only in urban coastal areas–the Bay Area of Northern California and Boston. I write “urban women’s fiction.” Like many city-dwelling people of color, I am deeply dismayed by the relentless gentrification of the urban landscape. But many of us who lament gentrification are also part of the problem–namely, we…
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Want to be charmed? Read THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING!

THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise Miller

 August is the perfect month for Louise Miller’s debut– THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING– to hit shelves. Why? Because it’s the end of summer; the season change is upon us. And change is what Louise’s book is about. What I loved most about Livvy, the character whose life takes a twist after a flaming flambé…
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The City Baker’s Guide to Putting On Your Big Girl Pants

THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise Miller

Over the past year, we five Debutantes have cheered each other on, cheered each other up, and bumbled our way through the publication process together. So it’s no surprise that after eleven months of this, we’ve come to know each other very well. But there are also a bunch of other women we’ve gotten to know…
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