A Weekend Writing Conference, or Ann Patchett is my Spirit Guide.

This past weekend in Boston was utterly gorgeous, and I spent about 94% of it indoors.  You know what, though — I loved every minute of it.  The sun is bad for you, after all, and writing is not.  So instead of lying in the park with my T-shirt rolled up, I was at Grub […]

What I’ve Read, 2013.

Any and all hyperlinks below will direct you to books’ pages on Amazon for purchase, or to authors’ websites.  If you’re looking for my thoughts on what I’ve read, use the search feature on the sidebar. January Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell […]

What I’ve Read, 2012.

Any and all hyperlinks below will direct you to books’ pages on Amazon for purchase, or to authors’ websites.  If you’re looking for my thoughts on what I’ve read, use the search feature on the sidebar. January Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn The Apprentice: My Life in the […]

On Ditching Books.

Over the course of several months this past year, Keith and I got rid of something like five hundred books.  We still have several hundred left but these, we have decided, are keepers.  It took days to determine which titles got to stay, warm and cozy on their shelves, and which would get packed up […]

Five Things About Me: 51 52 53 54 55.

51. My conditioner-to-shampoo ratio is incredibly unbalanced.  I’d say it’s about four parts conditioner to each half part shampoo.  Let’s put it this way: I’m still on the same shampoo bottle that I brought to Europe in August, and on that trip I brought two bottles of conditioner. 52. I have all of my dogs’ […]

Book Club Hits the Road… Again.

I don’t think I’m capable of putting into coherent English how pleased I was when my book club chose Ann Patchett‘s Bel Canto as our latest read.  See, the novel has without a doubt been one of my favorites for years; in fact, I reread it every twelve months or so.  No lie.  Also, everyone I’ve […]

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler.

I had picked up Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone several times last year, but for one reason or another, I never purchased the book.  It was getting to the point that I thought perhaps I was jinxed, and that the reading experience wasn’t meant to […]

Am I Psychic?

No, seriously. First I channel M.F.K. Fisher from the Great Beyond.  Now, the same day I mention my ardor for Ann Patchett, I learn that she will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Muse and the Marketplace (the annual writers’ conference hosted by Grub Street, the Boston-based writing organization that has been so helpful […]

Gossip Girl Sleepover.

I’m the type of person that when I discover something fantastic, I have to let everyone know about it.  When I got entangled in The Wire, I started making calls.  When I read Bel Canto twice in one week, I sent Ann Patchett‘s bibliography around to my friends.  And when I found myself thinking nonstop […]