Thinking About: The Fault in Our Stars

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I finished the book The Fault in Our Stars in a few days. I have to admit I didn't know much about it beforehand, and I read in the hopes of passing it onto my 10 year-old daughter who's an avid reader when I finished it. After more than one attempt to start a book club with the moms of her friends, I've finally decided that the two of us can have it alone. While I found the book quite beautiful, it was also quite jarring and I'm not quite sure whether or not to share it with her. Should I keep the experience to myself and wait a year or two? I'm not … [Read more...]

Book Review: Beautiful Ruins

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  I recently broke a reading drought with Beautiful Ruins, a remarkable and transporting novel that swept me away not only to a remove village in Italy on the coast but also to Hollywood.  It goes back and forth in time to tell the full story of a group of people whose lives intermingle. There's a famous film producer, his assistant, a once known actress, the real Richard Burton during the time he broke up Elizabeth Taylor's marriage, an Italian fisherman and his family and a struggling screen writer. It doesn't take long for the reader to figure … [Read more...]

Good Train Reads

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Now that I'm commuting to the city, I'm finding myself with seventy minutes more than I ever had before.  It's time to myself, with no interruptions and no one to worry about.  I can literally keep my head down for an extended period of time.  Since I live in a small town, there is always the chance of bumping into people on the way in that I have to spend time talking so I do my best to avoid talking types (and I'm quite sure they try to avoid me, as well).  It's a quiet ride, and I'm doing my best to stay off my phone and focus my time and energy on … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Soupmaker’s Kitchen by Aliza Green

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When I make homemade soup, I'm a hero in my house. My family loves soup. Butternut squash, lentil, broccoli, cauliflower. Whatever I make, they love.  Best of all, besides the mutual soup admiration club, I always feel good that I'm serving something healthy.  Pureed vegetables with water or milk and very little else, what can be better than that? I also love the fact that a pot lasts several days and takes us through several meals.  There is no downside (except the cleanup). According to a new book THE SOUPMAKER'S KITCHEN (Quarry Books, July 2013, … [Read more...]

A Twitter Party to celebrate SOME NERVE

Some Nerve

  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...]

My Latest Women & Hollywood Feature: 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. … [Read more...]

My Summer Reading Suggestion: 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...]

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...]

Twitter Party to Chat about Minivans, Costco and Midlife Crises

Dan Gets a Minivan

Join me  to chat about minivans, Costco, Midlife crises and more (that you never saw coming) as we celebrate Father's Day and the launch of DAN GETS A MINIVAN: LIFE AT THE INTERSECTION OF DUDE AND DAD, the newest book by Dan Zevin. Monday, June 11th, 2012 Join @theculturemom, BruceSallan and @DanZevin at 9pm EST, 6pm PST. Sponsored by our friends at @MamaDramaNY. Hashtag: #MiniVanDan From instituting date night to joining Costco, from finding a nanny to using the word 'playdate' with a straight face, ...he's got every base about fatherhood--wait, … [Read more...]

Two Book Reviews: Cutting For Stone and A Reliable Wife

Cutting For Stone

I usually like to record my thoughts about books that I read on this site and the last two are worth reporting on. So, without further ado, they are A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  I highly recommend one, the other not so much.   I'll start with the one I adored. I knew nothing about Cutting for Stone before I started it, I just knew that it was very, very long, over 700 pages and I was wondering how I'd get through such a ong book.  Once I got into it, the length became no problem.  As a matter … [Read more...]