Dirty Fortune Cookies

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The topic this week is food. I have a large extended family. My father was the oldest of five; my mother the youngest of six. When we get together the din created is its own special blend that outsiders find intimidating. (Ask any incoming spouse about their first Fabiaschi gathering– the story is sure to delight. My husband was alarmed when a great, great aunt aggressively accused me of smoking…


News Flash–Sunshine Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Miller-Young, winner of Antonia Crane’s SPENT! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller had the delightful task of listening to clips of actors reading and offering her opinion on who would make the best Livvy for THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING audiobook! Jennifer S. Brown had a completely relaxing Memorial Day…


Running Away From a Beautiful Now

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The topic this week is regrets. My children are eleven months apart. We wanted kids close together, but no one does that on purpose. My son’s enormous heart and kind spirit make up for his horrifying fetal behavior, but I was sick every single day of my pregnancy. There were dozens of times I held my infant daughter on one hip while throwing up into a public toilet. She found it hilarious. When my…


Strong Women

Thursday, May 26, 2016

When I was nine years old I was attacked by a Rottweiler. The last stitch on either side of the wound was inside each eyelid. The dog– aptly named Gator– missed both my eyes by an amount so small as to be immeasurable. The ER doctor heralded this a miracle and I decided, right then, that no matter what I looked like the next day I would focus on that piece of good fortune: I could still…


Remember the Year I was Jewish?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The topic this week is CHILDHOOD MEMORY.  We were supposed to begin at sundown, but Dad didn’t get home from work until eight. “Mrs. Bollag is going to be mad,” I stated when he walked through the door. It took him a second to remember what tonight was. “Tell you what,” he said, “let’s pretend we live in California. It’s five o’clock there. We’re right on time.” Dad was a genius….


The Power of Not Caring

Thursday, May 12, 2016

While I can’t say I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, the list of people whose disapproval would keep me up at night is small and intentional. To get on it, you need to meet one criteria, but it’s a doozy: I must have enormous, unwavering respect for you. Not being on the list doesn’t mean I don’t like or even love you, it means I don’t see our values as simpatico enough…


No, I Don’t Write Erotica

Thursday, May 5, 2016

“I think it’s great how you just put it out there,” a former colleague said after I landed a book deal. “Put what out there?” I asked. “You know, that you write”–hands up for air quotes–“women’s fiction.” It took me a second to piece together the erroneous leap he’d taken. “Oh, no,” I said. “No air quotes necessary. They’re just novels that appeal more to women and book clubs.” He winked. I never did…


Oprah Was On to Something

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I suspect Oprah and I lead different lives. I could be wrong. She could be soaking a boy’s sweatshirt right now because he blew his nose directly into the sleeve and then wore it all day so the boogers dried into the fabric, but I’m guessing she’s soaking her newly pedicured feet in a warm, salt-infused tub prepared by a loyal lady-in-waiting. When I gain five pounds, the only thing that takes note…


Timeless Truths

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My grandma Betty died when I was eleven, but the truths she taught me are timeless: It doesn’t matter what people look like. Period. Staying silent is not enough. If a person is cruel and you say nothing, you’re no better than them. Education begets choice. Take every opportunity to learn. If God has a problem with how some people live, he can take it up with them directly. Be the best version of yourself…


NEWS FLASH–Daffodil Edition

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

  Congratulations to Jennifer Huelsebusch, winner of  our very own Jennifer S. Brown’s MODERN GIRLS! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Emily Liebert’s SOME WOMEN. From the 2016 Debs: A quick note about our book giveaways–to enter a book giveaway, simply share our giveaway link on our Facebook page or retweet one of our giveaway tweets from our Twitter feed! (US only.) Louise Miller THE CITY…