Laugh So Hard You Scare People

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. ...more
thanks for the recommendation!  I laughed so hard my son asked if I was ok (sweet boy)   so ...more

How Much Would You Pay to Be a Bestselling Author?

Before I started book blogging, I knew very little about publishing. In the past eight years, I've learned a lot about the industry, especially about how books are marketed. I've learned that a good marketing budget can make all the difference in how well a book sells. I've learned that authors are increasingly responsible for marketing their own books and some authors really, really want to get on a bestsellers list. So much so that that some of them are willing to spend thousands of dollars to get there. ...more
This is so weird to think about. It just sounds like cheating!more

What It Feels Like to Be Anorexic

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. I'm sure you are already aware of eating disorders. What I wish is that people understood them better. I think everyone gets that anorexics starve, bulimics purge, overeaters eat more than is healthy on an ongoing basis -- the general public *seems* to grok the physical part of eating disorders. What's way tougher to understand is the mental part....more
@Nora DePalma  @coco621 Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment.more

Refuse to Do Nothing: How a Movie and a Book Changed My Life

Despite the fact that I regularly whip through books, I could not whip through this one. I found myself choked up after chapters, and the image of those young girls from Taken, the ones who were part of the prostitution ring and were drugged into submission. I pictured the children who didn’t know a better life, who couldn’t imagine hope. And, more than anything, I pictured these two ordinary moms changing the world, one small step at a time. ...more
Thank you for bringing this book to our attention. In researching violence against children in ...more

Can We End Bullying? Interview with “Sticks and Stones” Author Emily Bazelon

With a ten-year-old son who’s going to start middle school next fall, the topic of teen bullying scares me to death. Slate Senior Editor Emily Bazelon is also the mother of two boys, aged 10 and 13, and her new book Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Charcter and Empathy covers her years of research into teen bullying and what can be done about it. Image Credit: Random House...more
@blogher Thanks for reviewing @emilybazelon's STICKS AND STONES. Hope your readers find it helpful!more

Two Books About Strong Girls For Kids

Reading stories about strong girls isn’t just important for little girls but younger boys as well. Having two boys myself, I love finding books that teaches them girls can be strong independent people. They can do anything boys can because girls rock, too! ...more
I hope everyone reads these books to their kids -- whether they have boys or girls. It's so ...more

Finding Home: Unpacking My Library in Iceland

Last fall, Mark and I left New York City and moved to Iceland. We left a city with population of over eight million for a whole country with a population of 319,000. We made the move because, nearing 30 - when many of our peers are transitioning into their lifetime careers, settling in relationships, and starting families - I discovered that I was passionate enough about this tiny’s country’s amazing literature that I wanted to learn Icelandic myself. (One day, I’ll translate Icelandic literature into English.)...more
@Nomadic Chick Thanks--I'm glad you enjoyed it! Have you lived in a lot of different places ...more

Reverse Snobbery: Too Pretty To Relate?

Oh...she's gorgeous. My heart sank a little as I saw Ann Voskamp's words, so inspiring and life-changing on the pages of her book, come to life in her small group study DVD. Her book, One Thousand Gifts, has been life changing for me.But her voice, decidedly sultry, didn't match the one I heard in my head as I'd turned those pages late at night. Her hair, a beautiful chestnut color, sat atop her head perfectly coiffed, not a strand out of place. And I'm ashamed to admit, I grew a bit jealous....more
I totally get this! Thank you for saying it outloud!more

Little Earthquakes: A Good American

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
Interesting how big an "earthquake" feels at the time it's happening but when future generations ...more

"The Feminine Mystique" at 50: How Far Have We Come?

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of "The Feminine Mystique." It’s hard to underestimate the earthshaking effect Betty Friedan’s book had on American women’s lives back then. Many of you weren’t yet born, or were too young like me to grasp its significance, but gender roles were so firmly inscribed that women were expected to be content being mothers and housewives. Astonishingly, “homemaker” was considered an actual profession. ...more
First read it somewhere in the '90s...more