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When I visit a bookstore or library or book club to discuss my new novel, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, I also recommend books as a part of my talk. Audience members have recently asked for a list of the books that I am currently recommending, so here there are, in case you can’t…

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I drove by this parking spot, as did every other person at the park. The parking spot closest to the gates of the playground remained empty all day.   Why? Note the color and location of the chalk: handicapped blue, positioned alongside an actual handicapped parking spot. My mind (and everyone else’s mind) registered it as…

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I watch this video from the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and it encapsulates so many of my fears for my students. I’m afraid that they are growing up in a world with an African American President and legalized same sex marriage (two things I never thought I would see in my lifetime), and yet sexist, stupid, degrading…

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My most recent novel, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, published ten days ago on September 8. Originally my book launch party was slated for September 10, but that was the date of the Patriots home opener at Gillette Stadium, and I have my priorities. My publicist understood completely, so the launch was moved to…

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It is unconscionable for parents to be walking around with phones that have 10,000 photos of their children saved only on the phone’s hard drive, yet in an anecdotal survey of the last ten parents I spoke to, six of them have not backed up their photos for more than a month, and two have…

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I saw this sign in a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru in Danbury, CT. There are so many things wrong with this sign. 1. “Spring is here and we want our customers to be completely satisfied…” implies that spring was the impetus for management to want to satisfy its customers.  Wouldn’t it be better to say:  “We…

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Editor Katie Adams – a fellow New England Patriots fan – tweeted this on Thursday night prior to the game: “It’s football season now. If you’re new, I’m still a smart book person but now I wear the skin of a crazy football fan for a few months.” I understood this sentiment completely.  While I…

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This is a simple comeback that works in certain situations. Last week, I was listing all of my petty grievances to a friend and how I planned on conquering each one.  His response: “It must be exhausting being you.” My comeback: “No, it’s exhausting not being me.” He laughed. I followed up by ensuring him…

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There are few things more exciting than discovery a bit of fan art inspired by one of your books. This was sent to me via Twitter and is entitled ‘Budo.”  I just love the thought that something I create inspires another human being to also create.

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