16. What song will always remind you of 2009?Duh. . . More Than A Feeling. It's obviously not a song from 2009, but Boston is my main character's favorite band, and that song was my happy dance song all year.17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder?b) thinner or fatter?c) richer or poorer?a) The Intern wrote this amazing post about how you're pretty much just as happy as you're ever going to be, and I think to some extent that is very true. But I think if the same fun with contractors experience had happened last year, it probably would have reduced me to a big … [Read more...]
I am a flawed character, and damn proud of it.
Before the holiday, @DuttonBooks tweeted, "Why give a book? Because a scented candle never changed anyone's life."Ever since then I've been thinking about the books that have changed my life. Huck Finn was the first real chapter book I ever read. I was so enamored by Of Mice and Men that I read it twice in one sitting. Travels with Charlie. Little Women. Anne of Green Gables. The Basil and Josephine Stories. Invisible Man. Song of the Lark. The Lords of Discipline. The Bean Trees. Where The Heart Is. Bridget Jones. If you're a reader, you have your own list - the books you read under the … [Read more...]
Ode to Wegmans and Pat Conroy
If you live in Western New York, you spend a lot of time at the mothership. It's just a fact of life, and probably one of the best parts of living here. On average, we have over 200 cloudy days a year, our winters are long and hard, our summers can get really hot and humid, and if we want to climb stuff we have to take a trip (it is flaaaaat here!). But we have the most awesome grocery store in the history of grocery stores. So there. When I'm shopping at Wegmans, my favorite activity, of course, is to visit the book section. Many a pint of fro yo has gotten good and melty while I parked my … [Read more...]
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is about a writer and her growing relationship with the inhabitants of the island of Guernsey after the German occupation, as she searches for subject matter for her next book. The story is told through a series of letters to and from her editor, the members of the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and some assorted friends and relations.When I realized the entire book was letters, I worried about the way the story would unfold. I thought this method of story telling might make for choppy reading, missing details, or information being … [Read more...]
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