Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) has entertained us for years with her eclectic sense of humor and her commitment to the community via The Traveling Red Dress Project. Her accidental philanthropy shows her heart is bigger than her metal chicken. I was so excited to hear Jenny's memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, is out in paperback (with a bonus chapter) this month. I've grown to know Jenny over the past few years via blogging, and I've never met anyone quite like her -- raw, loving, brave and crazy like a fox.
I've been staring at my computer trying to figure out how to explain Jenny Lawson's memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, to people who are unfamiliar with her blog, TheBloggess.com. It's difficult because I've been reading her blog since at least 2007, but I'm going to try.
If you are like me, when you turn the last page in Alex George's novel, A Good American, all you'll be able to think is "Wow!" You'll find yourself in a bit of a fog as you stop and think back on the journey that you just finished. Of course, I mean all this in the best possible way. ...more
From the outside, the Denbe family has it all. They own a successful construction empire. They have a multiple homes, including a fabulous townhouse in Boston. The two parents and one teenaged daughter have everything they could ask for. From the outside they look like the perfect family, but when they vanish without a trace, investigators find that things aren't quite so perfect after all. Welcome to Lisa Gardner's latest thriller, Touch and Go.
Pretty much any time someone mentions high school, I thank my lucky stars that those years are behind me and I don't need to revisit them. They weren't the worst years, but there weren't my glory days, either. But what if they had been the best years? What if I discovered I messed them up entirely? If those questions intrigue you, step right up to Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, and enter Lissy Ryder's world.
Willpower is a weighty word. If we had more, if we could simply exercise it a bit better, our lives would be different. The lack of it is a character flaw. Or so we've been told to be believe. What if willpower wasn't exactly what we thought it was? What if willpower was so much more than just saying yes or no? That's what Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D reveals in her new book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It. ...more
We've been discussing Sylvia Day's steaming-hot novel, Reflected in You, in BlogHer Book Club this month. Karen and I caught up with Sylvia to ask her a few questions about her book, her characters and her real life....more
When we embark on a trip, we're far more likely to make it to our destination easily if we know our starting point and plan a route to our destination. We plot our chosen path and, if necessary, directions for any side trips we want to take. That same line of thinking can be transferred to life paths as well -- it's easier to figure out how to get to where we want to be once we figure out where we are starting from. And it's easier to figure out our starting point once we figure out where we've been. That is the theory that Kate and David Marshall apply in their new publication, My Life Map: A Journal to Help Shape Your Future.
As a long-time reader of romance novels, it's been really interesting to see how they -- and erotica in particular -- have suddenly exploded in popularity in 2012. I've always known people who have read erotica and romance, but the books are receiving media coverage as I've never seen before. I believe that many people are discovering what we long-time readers have always known -- it's the connection between the two main characters that takes center stage in these novels. I believe that it's the connection between Eva and Gideon that has skyrocketed the second book in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, Reflected in You, to the top of people's reading piles and to the number one spot on the New York Times trade paperback bestsellers list. ...more