Nailing the New Year’s Resolution by Caroline Leavitt

December 30, 2010 • 1 Comment

First let me say that a New Year’s resolution was my absolute last resort.  For years I’d been trying to stop biting my nails, a habit that seemed encoded in my DNA since childhood. I…

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Jewish Christmas Eve Lasagna by Lauren Grodstein

1 Comment December 29, 2010 • 1 Comment

Because nobody thought to tell me otherwise, I believed in Santa Claus until I was eleven. This is not because I was a particularly gullible child, I don’t think – it’s just that nobody ever…

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Another Late Christmas by Joseph Skibell

No Comments December 28, 2010 • No Comments

Last week in group therapy, people were complaining about the upcoming holidays. It was the seventh day of Hanukkah – that night, we’d be lighting the menorah for the last night – so I wasn’t…

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O Christmas Tree by Jill McCorkle

No Comments December 27, 2010 • No Comments

It’s the week between Christmas and New Years. The joy and excitement (and stress) of Christmas are over, but the decorations can still be left alone. For now, at least. The New Year is just…

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December 21, 2010

What We’re Reading: At Home: A History of Private Life

3 Comments December 21, 2010 • 3 Comments

I am the unlikeliest person to be reading this book, for three reasons: 1) as anyone who knows me well can report, I have a certain deficiency in the housekeeping department; 2) I’m more inclined…

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Booksellers Rock! Rob Dougherty, Clinton Book Shop

No Comments December 20, 2010 • No Comments

What books recently rocked my world: Nothing Left To Burn by Jay Varner (suck-up alert), Room by Emma Donoghue, Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

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December 17, 2010

Christmas Week: Recipes from Bill Smith and Camille Glenn

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Christmas Day is now just ten days away, prompting me to reconsider just how much time I have to do all my holiday shopping. I mean, even if I had the money to buy thoughtful…

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Christmas Week: A story from Lee Smith

No Comments December 16, 2010 • No Comments

Today we have the story “House Tour” from Lee Smith‘s most recent collection, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. In this brilliant gem of a story, a woman is completely unaware that her house is…

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December 16, 2010

Water for Elephants: The Movie Trailer

6 Comments December 16, 2010 • 6 Comments

Ladies and Gentleman! Presenting … the official Water for Elephants trailer! In theaters nationwide on April 22!…

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December 15, 2010

Win This: Wicked Plants Seed Collection

39 Comments December 15, 2010 • 39 Comments

As some of you know, I planted a poison garden while I was working on Wicked Plants.  I’d never grown, much less seen, some of the plants in the book, and it’s just too weird…

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