June 5, 2019

Note: I read plenty of books I don't wind up reviewing, and sometimes I even remember to keep track of them. If I loved a book so much I can't stand it, I'll mark it with asterisks. Please feel free to make suggestions!

July 2019:

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (contem...

June 5, 2019

Please welcome Ella Biber, my returning junior partner! Ella is a fifth grader and an avid reader. When she’s not swimming or playing with her friends and family, she’s curled up devouring the latest book series. I am thrilled to have her book recommendations!

Have you...

May 30, 2019

One week until article about deadlines is due. No problem; is loads of time. Would start immediately, except, much like childbirth, you cannot force creativity. It happens when it’s ready to happen. Well, technically you can force childbirth, but you know what I mean:...

January 27, 2019

Please welcome Ella Biber, my returning junior partner! Ella is a fourth grader and an avid reader. When she’s not swimming or playing with her friends and family, she’s curled up devouring the latest book series. I am thrilled to have her book recommendations!

Percy Ja...

November 29, 2018

I know I knew I went I came

I turned the corner and called your name

I searched for fire, for love, for life

I heard your voice through blackest ice

I looked for you in grime and grit

through heaping hills of counterfeit

I hunted hope on VR screens

in fairytales and in dreams

...

November 28, 2018

Our topic this week is first drafts, and let’s be honest: I am not a trained writer. I don’t have an MFA or a background in journalism or even an English major. So it might amaze you that my novel (now titled The Queen of Hearts) was in near-flawless form when I finish...

October 3, 2018

Emily Giffin is the gold standard when it comes to women’s fiction. Her success surges past a writer’s wildest dreams into the realm of the fantastical, encompassing everything from multiple New York Times bestsellers to movie deals to dozens of translations around the...

August 9, 2018

Remember that summer when everyone was surreptitiously reading Fifty Shades of Grey on their Kindles, eyes darting shiftily as they tried to project the air...

July 26, 2018

I met Meg Wolitzer in Iceland. (How great is an opener is that sentence? I could hardly have invented better words to pass myself off as some sort of globetrotting, namedropping force.) I am going to have to tarnish the portrayal of my image a bit by fessing up that I...

July 26, 2018

I am having all kinds of success with my author interviews lately. This week is another biggie: Catherine McKenzie, who I met at the Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC a few years ago when she was a presenter. Catherine’s previous books have been highly acclaimed bestse...

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