Interview With Dana Bate + a Giveaway

Saturday, December 12, 2015

We are proud to welcome as a guest one of our former Debutantes, Dana Bate. Dana wrote for the Ball in 2013, the year she published her first book, THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO LOVE AND SUPPER CLUBS, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was translated into five languages. Her third book, TOO MANY COOKS, is a witty and insightful look at celebrity, cooking, love, and the influence of…

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Deb Dana Graduates

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As I have said on more than one occasion, I do not like endings or goodbyes or anything that involves a particular experience coming to a close. And yet. There are certain events that naturally run their course, so that when the ending comes, it doesn’t really feel like an ending. It feels like a beginning, like the start of something new. I remember feeling that way as I approached…

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Deb Dana Has Many Best Friends

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I went to elementary school in the era of the friendship bracelet and best friend heart necklace. You know the one I’m talking about: the heart-shaped charm imprinted with the words “Best Friend,” split down the middle so that one friend would get one half and one friend would get the other. Example: That was the necklace you’d give to your #1 Best Friend. Because there were #2 Best Friends…

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Deb Dana Likes a Change in Scenery

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I spent last week at the beach with my family, in a rental home in Avalon, New Jersey. Whenever I stay in a stranger’s beach house, I wonder about the owners: where they live, how often they use the house themselves, why they would choose white carpet in a beach house… Of course then my mind wanders to the (entirely theoretical) question of whether I’d want a beach house of…

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Deb Dana and Newborn Nostalgia

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Endings. Oh, endings. You have upset me for as long as I can remember, an issue I have discussed before. That post was written before I had a child, and now, I fear my “ending anxiety” will only get worse. Already, I look back at photos of my now four-and-a-half-month-old son in his first week and get misty. “He’s growing up so fast,” I think. “Before I know it, he won’t…

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Deb Dana’s New Normal

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Last week, I sent out the following tweet: “Writers with infants: how do you do it????? And by ‘it’ I mean write anything worth a damn. My brain feels scratchy and broken-like.” Unfortunately, I only got one response. He wrote, “Ha. It can be done simply b/c it has to be done. (This is the most significant thing I’ve written in two months.)” Fantastic. I don’t expect much sympathy from…

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Deb Dana’s Favorite Foodie Lit

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Like Deb Kerry, I have a hard time playing favorites when it comes to books. I could talk about CRIME AND PUNISHMENT or A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY or 1984. But where would the list end? Surely I would include MIDDLESEX and THE CORRECTIONS. What about A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS and THE HANDMAID’S TALE? Oh, and of course my favorite chick lit/lad lit books, like CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?,…

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Deb Dana Takes the Deb Quiz!

<tap tap> <tap tap> Is this thing on? Oh — hello! I’m not used to being both a host and a guest at the Debutante Ball at the same time, but I am so excited to be here today to celebrate the launch of my debut, THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO LOVE AND SUPPER CLUBS, which is officially out and in bookstores TODAY! As any writer will tell you, the feeling…

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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This Week, Deb Dana Takes the Cake. Er, Floor.

I can see already that I am going to have a problem with writing this post – the very same problem that I had while reading The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs. This book makes me hungry. Not just hungry – ravenous. Look at that awesome cupcake on the cover – the delicate cake, the fluffy frosting, the sprinkles. And the cover is only the beginning. Wait until…

Monday, February 4, 2013
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Deb Susan Loves All the New Beginnings

I’ve always loved beginnings, and New Year’s Day in particular. New Year’s Day is the stuff of dreams, its potential limited only by imagination. This particular year holds more exciting potential than any other I can remember. It won’t be as emotional as the year I married my husband, or as life-changing as the year I knew I would first hold my son in my arms. But numerically speaking, 2013’s…

Thursday, January 3, 2013
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