30Jun

Taking My Tween to See The Fault in Our Stars

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When I interviewed the author John Green, who wrote The Fault in Our Stars, I was a bit star-struck. Here I was schmoozing with the Judy Blume of our day, and one of the other interviewers on the call asked him how he felt about that title. He admitted that being called the modern Judy Blume made him feel uneasy but also very proud. Her books dealt the tough issues of puberty and adolescence of her day and so do his. He writes so eloquently about illness, death, falling in love, breaking up and the tough choices we have to make in life. It was just Read More

26May

An Interview with ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Author John Green & Giveaway

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I was recently part of a group of culture and book bloggers who asked author John Green a few questions about the upcoming release of the film adaptation of the he extremely popular young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. His excitement for the film was quite infectious, even over the phone, and there can't be anyone more excited about the release of the film...except the public. Since the official trailer was released by Twentieth Century Fox a  few short months ago, it has received over 19 million views. Here’s what I found out about his involvement Read More

01Mar

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

24Jan

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

31Oct

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

20Oct

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

14Oct

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

10Oct

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

31Jul

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

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