14Oct

A Twitter Party to celebrate SOME NERVE

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  One woman's quest to conquer her fears and embrace life - and to inspire others to do the same. Fears.  We all have them.  Some we carry through our whole lives. Others we face head on, but the road to get there is never easy.  At age 39, author Patty Chang Anker decided it was time to face the fears that had taken root like weeds in her life.  She learned to dive into a pool and surf in the ocean and faced fear of losing control, bodily harm and being seen in a swim suit.  It became her mission to help others do what they couldn't before, Read More

10Oct

An Interview with Meg Wolitzer

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(The original post can be found at Indiewire's Women & Hollywood) Novelist Meg Wolitzer talks with Holly Rosen Fink about the success of her latest novel, The Interestings (Riverhead Books, 2013), inspiration, sexism in the literary world, working with Nora Ephron, as well as her mother, novelist, Hilma Wolizter, and her experiences in film and television that spawned the film version of This Is Your Life. Women and Hollywood: Congratulations on the success of The Interestings. I hear this book holds a special place in your heart. Tell us Read More

31Jul

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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Sliding doors.  We've all slid in and out of one that led to one future versus another.  And we look back.  We all do.  It's unavoidable.  No matter how truly happy we are, there's always that element of WHAT IF. From a very young age, we're forced to make choices.  Some are easier than others. Some we wonder about all of our lives.  Some we have daily reminders about that stare us in the eye.  Others we think about every now and then when a flashback of a time long ago returns in the shape of a memory, or in our dreams. I've been carrying around The Read More

26May

Review and Giveaway: Five Summers by Una La Marche

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I seem to know a lot of people writing books lately.  One of these friends happens to be Una La Marche, author of the new book Five Summers.  It's coined Young Adult but I enjoyed it every much as my 10 year-old who happens to be heading off to sleep-a-way camp this summer for the first time. FIve Summers is very much a homage, if not a love letter, to a child's camp experience. It couldn't have been published, or fallen into my hands, at a better time.  I admit that I'm the driver of my daughter's pending camp experience.  She wasn't that keen, nor Read More

18Apr

Feeling Lost in Suburbia

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I left NYC for the suburbs over ten years ago. I was a real city girl.  You couldn't get me to leave town if you tried. On weekends, I was off to Central Park, to the theater, to hear poetry slams. to eat sushi and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Then I met my husband, we danced around town for four years, got married, got pregnant and decided our one-bedroom on the Upper West Side was too small. We knew it was time to leave the city. However, I didn't really think about the major changes that lied ahead of me.  Life was about to change Read More

10Apr

Giveaway: American Girl’s The Body Book for Girls (5 copies)

My daughter turned 10 today and we are entering the dark abyss of what could be tough conversations about her changing body.  I want to teach her to make the right dietary choices, explain that growing hair under her armpits, teach her about hygiene and teach her to know what to expect when she's not expecting all these changes to transpire at some point in the next few years. There are also social pressures and situations that could impact her body image and self-esteem and I want her to understand and take them full on when they occur. When I got a Read More

28Mar

Ditch the Mom Jeans and Get Ready to Get Your Cool Back!

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Join the first Culture Mom Media Twitter Party to talk about taking the cool back with Tracy Beckerman, author of the new book LOST IN SUBURBIA, A Memoir  this Tuesday night, April 2nd, from 9-10pm EST! "When you're a mom, you get a 'Get Out of Fat Jail Free' card for as long as you have young kids. Whenever you feel fat, you can tell someone you still haven't lost 'the baby weight,' and they will nod in understanding. It's like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Fat Pants. We all wear Fat Pants, otherwise known as Mom Jeans, after the baby is born Read More

28Dec

Review (Better Late Than Never): The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

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I feel like a ninny.  Two months ago I read one of the best books I've read in years and I neglected to write about it.  I've thought about the review several times but got distracted, I suppose. However, the book has not left my mind.  It was the kind of relatable read that left a long-lasting impression on me. Then today I came across this fantastic review in the New York Times, and not only was I reminded that I missed an opportunity to promote something I genuinely loved, but I'm also thrilled for its author, Jami Attenberg.  I've actually tweeted Read More

11Oct

A Book Club’s Response to Gone Girl: Don’t Marry a Psychopath

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Last night my book club discussed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  If your book club is looking for a juicy read, I have to say this was a great discussion.  You won't find a book with more twists and turns  than this one.  Everyone in the group had a visceral reaction.  But before we get into that, let's discuss the plot. We meet two seemingly normal people, Nick and Amy, who met 7 years ago at a party in NYC.  For all appearances sake, they were a normal, happy couple. In her diary, Amy wrote about it: Tra and la! I am smiling a big adopted-orphan Read More

26Jun

Remembering Nora Ephron

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Nora Ephron, the celebrated screenwriter and director, died of leukemia tonight in New York.  And I, for one, am so sad.  She shepherded me through my youth into adulthood  with films like "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail," "Heart Burn," "Cookie," "This is My Life," "Silkwood" and "Julie and Julia".  As a Journalism/Film major, we talked about her writing in University and I have read her many prolific books over the years like Crazy Salad . In that book in her short essay "A Few Words About Breasts," she wrote: "If I had Read More