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Three Perfect Recipes for World Baking Day (Plus, My Favorite Baking Cookbooks)

Books, Food for Grownups
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Cookies, banana bread, muffins, oh my! Today is World Baking Day and it’s time to fire up those ovens, Fierce Friends. Don’t tell my Weight Watchers Freestyle Plan, but sometimes I just need sugar. And carbs. And butter. And joy.

Here are a few of my go-to recipes when those cravings hit and a few baking cookbooks that have guided me along the way.  continue reading

The Best Memoirs, Autobiographies to Read, and How to Write Them

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I love books.  All books. Between the pages of a book always has been and will always be my happy place.

Though I love fiction and have spent much of my life writing it, I read a ton of non-fiction, especially memoir and biography.  As I gain more perspective and wisdom about my own life story, I am even more intrigued by true stories of other people’s lives.

Reading memoir and biography gives me a chance to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, to experience other cultures through the eyes of a first-person guide.  Reading memoirs can be inspiring, eye opening, heartwarming and, sometimes, heartbreaking.  No matter the writer, tone, or subject, I always learn something. continue reading

Starting (or Joining) a Bookclub: Friends, Food, and Fellowship

Books, Friends and Community
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One of the biggest pleasures of reading a good book is discussing it with other readers.  There’s no better place to do that than a book club.

There really aren’t any downsides to joining a book club. I mean, sure every now and then you might not love one of the books. But even that can have its benefits.  Sometimes, discussing a book or character you didn’t care for can be even more fun than talking about one you did! Who doesn’t love trash talking the villain you love to hate? continue reading

Finding Time to Read More Books (And Why It’s Important)

Books, Nurture Your Soul
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How often have you heard somebody say, “Gosh, I just have so much extra time on my hands that I have no idea what to do with it”?

Pretty much never, right? These days, it seems like we’re so busy with the things we have to do, we can’t find time for the things we want to do – like read.

That’s a shame. Reading adds so much to life.  And, especially for those of us in the years beyond 50, reading is important.

Reading helps keep our minds sharp but also elastic. Reading exposes us to new ideas and keeps us informed about changes in culture.  Also, reading is an important form of relaxation, giving us a mental break when life becomes too chaotic. continue reading

An Exciting Announcement!

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my new book, just in time, hits shelves March 27th!
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My most recent novel, Just In Time, hits the shelves of bookstores today!

 
I’ve been waiting months and months to introduce my characters, Grace, Nan, and Monica, three support group dropouts united by grief but rescued through friendship, to the world. The early reviews have been very gratifying — USA Today called Just In Time “time well-spent” and Booklist said “readers will be drawn in”— but the opinion that matters most comes from my readers.  
 
To whet your appetite a bit, today I thought I’d share the first chapter with you and give you a chance to meet Grace, Monica, and Nan. Enjoy!

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