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The Sex Scenes In My Novel

My novel The Ramblers has been out in the world for almost a month and I must say it’s been a blurry and beautiful time. I’ve been hopscotching all over, talking about the book and my trio of characters, and…

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10 Notes from the Road

1. On Friday afternoon, we skipped town to head to my family’s place in South Carolina. Here my giddy girls skip ahead of me, en route to the bathroom. I look at this picture and it’s incredibly cliched, but I’m…

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Becoming a Reader

This is one of my favorite photographs of my oldest daughter. Here, she’s not yet two, with very little hair, and she wears a striped rugby shirt and sits alone in our big wing chair in the little library by…

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13 of the Best Writing Books Out There

Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection of books about writing and creativity. I keep them stacked on a shelf in my writing room so I can grab one if I get stuck in my scribbling. I’m thrilled to…

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A Happier Hour with Sarah Hepola & Kate Bolick

Last week, I had the privilege of hosting authors Sarah Hepola (Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget) and Kate Bolick (Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own) for a Happier Hour Literary Salon here in my home. As…

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Our Two Selves

October 21, 2015. 4:53am. I sit here at my kitchen island, coffee cup inches from me, a book splayed open. The book: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. I finished reading it last night and I have so many…

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A Happier Hour Literary Salon with Elisabeth Egan & Stephanie Clifford

On Monday night, I had the privilege of hosting debut novelists Elisabeth Egan and Stephanie Clifford for a Happier Hour Literary Salon. It was, just as I expected, a bright night laced with wisdom, wit and wonderful conversation about books…

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A New Home for Happier Hours!

In early 2010, I was in a very different place in my life. I was a relatively rookie mom – to a two and a half year old and a five month old. I was about to publish my first…

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Thoughts on Selfies, Happiness & Giving

Yesterday afternoon, I holed up in my study to catch up on some work. I’m enrolled in Marie Forleo’s B-School (incredible so far) and I watched the weekly video modules. My sister Ceara called and we talked for a while.…

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THE RAMBLERS

Novel News: A Hardcover Deal for THE RAMBLERS!

I’m so thrilled to announce that after four-plus years of writing, editing and periodic 4:30am lunacy, I’ve just sold my second novel THE RAMBLERS to the wonderful Lucia Macro at William Morrow (Harper Collins). I’m so incredibly grateful to my…

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