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January 12, 2006

My Week in January With James Frey

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I know there has been just a "wee bit" of media about James Frey and A MILLION LITTLE PIECES this week hence I lace the title of this blog with its own tone of hyperbole as I feel like I am spending the week with James Frey. I am starting to feel like I know James Frey. Full disclosure here: I once passed James Frey in a hallway at Penguin Putnam when I was there for a meeting. I hope he does not remember it and write about me. I am not going to rehash the news, but here are my thoughts:
January 6, 2006

Reading Outside the Comfort Zone

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Over the holidays I did some reading outside my comfort zone --- and enjoyed it. Like many of you there are certain genres that I read that are "typical." For me, these include suspense/thriller, mystery, women's fiction and biography.
December 9, 2005

Holiday Shopping 101

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Last Friday night the time came to get really serious about shopping for the holidays. My sons and I headed for the local mall ready to shop. My husband, who has participated in these kinds of adventures in the past, opted to stay home. He is not enamored with the way we race from store to store and make this an adventure.
December 2, 2005

Why the Holidaze is a Crazy Time of Year!

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I have figured out why the holidaze is such a crazy time of year. There are sooo many --- too many --- decisions to make.
November 23, 2005

Musing the Miami Book Fair

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After spending four days at the Miami Book Fair I have decided that it is hands down one of my all-time favorite book events. I am not sure what I loved best --- the number of authors, the variety of events or the passionate readers in the crowd. I think it was a combo of the three.
November 18, 2005

Books for Boys

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I am lucky that both of my boys are very avid readers. Many of their friends are not. Cory, my 10-year-old son has more time for reading than his older brother, Greg, who is consumed by schoolwork. Cory has one friend, Josh, who reads as voraciously as he does. It's always interesting to watch them together talking about books and sharing what they read. Cory's teacher told me last week that he often rushes through his schoolwork to have more free reading time as they are allowed to open a book as soon as their work is done.
November 18, 2005

My 24 Hours with Joan Didion

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I love it when a series of moments pull themselves together and become a story, especially when you never saw the story coming. For me, the story is about what I am calling "My 24 Hours with Joan Didion."
October 31, 2005

Time Time Time...See What's Become of Me....

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The clocks changed today. This is one of my favorite days of the year. I get a whole extra hour to spend, which has 60 minutes...and I have 60 different ways to spend this time.
October 21, 2005

My Role as a Book Concierge to My Friends

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You would think after recommending books to the 1.1 million readers in our Network each month I would find suggesting books to friends to be a snap. But, oh no, this is pressure. In the past months I have found myself sweating my role of what I call, "Book Concierge."
September 9, 2005

Carol's Vacation Reading --- My Report

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I wanted to share an update on what I read on my vacation. It was a reading and floating kind of vacation.