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Book Concierge: what to read before you go to Italy

Two of my favorite things: travel and books. So there’s nothing better than a book set in a place to which I plan to travel. As soon as I learned we were headed to Italy last fall, I started building … Continue reading

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Shelf Life: Living in a Made-Up World

Parents, take those books away from your children NOW! Else they might end up like me, fully convinced that Atticus Finch and Holly Golightly and Hepzibah Pyncheon are the real deal, and wondering why everyone else seems so one-dimensional. Stick … Continue reading

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Shelf Life: Top 5 Non-Fiction Reads

The five requirements of a Top Five book: Take me away, anywhere, but do it convincingly. Authenticity. Make me believe in you and your story. It’s nice if you can make me laugh, and, barring that, make me cry. What? … Continue reading

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Shelf Life: Stranger than Fiction

I’ll reach for a novel every time. It is mostly thanks to my book clubs, travel and the occasional moment of discipline that I am grudgingly prodded into reading non-fiction. About a third of the books I read in 2015 … Continue reading

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Shelf Life: Last Place First.

It’s that time again. Hard to believe a year has passed since the last book list. I’m looking forward to sharing my 2015 Top Ten list, but first, you must suffer through the Deep Six list; those books I wish … Continue reading

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Post Haste.

I can only write well if I am well-caffeinated, the moon is gibbous, rain has recently fallen in southern California and there are┬áno┬ádistractions. So, you see: basically never. And this has been a week of distractions. A few things going … Continue reading

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Use Your Words.

Each day there is a new creak or a new wrinkle. I used to see my reflection in a window and check to see if my hair was perfect. Now I glance and wonder GACK! Who on earth is that … Continue reading

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