#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: The Hunger Games

I still remember when my good friend Kelsey told me about today’s #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram feature! “I think you’ll like THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins, but it is, shall we say, a little disturbing.” Why yes, a book that asks, “Could you survive on your own in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you…

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Just Keep Swimming: An Interview with Cindy Kolbe

Cindy Kolbe and I haven’t known each other long; she contacted me about a week after my mother passed in October, inquiring about an author interview slot. As I opened her email, I knew that my interview calendar was already full for this year (and next! Thank you, friends!). But when I reached the end…

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#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: The Da Vinci Code

My husband (who isn’t on social media, so his opinion shouldn’t count here) will be dismayed at my pick for this week’s #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram feature! Drumroll, please! It’s THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown. Why would Tim be dismayed? Because he didn’t like the book. “I figured it out too quickly,” he said. But Tim’s…

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Story Time

Once upon a time not so long ago, there was a woman who wanted to be a writer. Actually, she was a writer, but she didn’t know what to do with her writing, and since she placed her family’s needs and wants above her own, those writings collected dust in a box in a closet…

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#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: Empire Falls

Welcome back to our #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram feature! I haven’t posted on this topic since late September, and I’m happy to be back. Up this week is Pulitzer Prize–winning EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo. What’s interesting about this book is that I remember buying it at Borders Books in Ann Arbor on East Liberty Street (I still…

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Eighteen: Making Memories

Dear Aaron, I had all the plans in the world to begin this letter in September. When that didn’t happen, I moved my goal to early October. Then mid-October. But then, well, you know what occurred: my Mom took a turn for the worse, and I spent her last days with her and then more…

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Life Lessons from Mom

When I stand in front of the classroom, I always tell my new crop of students two things: I talk way too fast—and I know it—and I get the hiccups often. The same would probably apply here if I were to read this aloud, and today, I give you one more warning—I might not make…

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