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KISS Rules: Balancing Vigilance, Work & Life

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I write novels. Stories. I’m not a journalist.I work at separating my writing life and political views. But, having grown up with stories of the Holocaust, with family who left (were chased from) Germany and Romania because of politics, I know that there are times when art and life collide. We are all children of immigrants in this country and protecting each other comes first.

Each morning I wake worried for our country. I’ve gone past the stomach aches, inability to work, leaden feelings, sleeplessness, and depression, but I am ever more apprehensive about the panoply of protections being assaulted. I worry about walling off America from those who built our country, those who will continue to make us strong.

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Goodreads ARC (huh?) Giveaway: THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET

 Giveaway Ends January 28

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Oft asked question: “What is an ARC?”

An ARC is almost-complete version of a not-yet-published book that is released to “advanced readers.” Who these advanced readers are may vary, but for the most part they’re book stores, book reviewers and media reviewers who are allowed to read the book before its publish date so that reviews may coincide with the book’s debut and stores can make ordering decisions.

Sites like Goodreads, together with publishers, make these advance copies available to a few—very few—readers as a way to ‘get the word out.’

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Tethered: A novel by Amy Mackinnon

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Death is the last frontier in so many ways. In my circles, even friends who talk about sex, politics, and that most forbidden of topics, paychecks, rarely talk about the nitty gritty of death. That’s something we save for our own private hells or heavens.

“I plunge my finger between the folds of the incision, then hook my forefinger deep into her neck. Unlike most of the bloodlines, which offer perfunctory resistance, the carotid artery doesn’t surrender itself willingly. Tethered between the heart and the head, the sinewy tube is often weighted with years of plaque, thickening its resolve to stay. More so now that rigor mortis has settled deep within the old woman.”

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Shopping for Good: Gorgeous Gifts (for Men, Women & Kids!) that Help

 

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Tis the season for helping! As we give thanks, we donate to the causes that are closest to our hearts—for some it’s helping to fight cancer, for others rescuing animals, and for some it’s ensuring the arts flourish.

As the holidays barrel down, many of us plan to give donations in loved one’s names, but few of us can bear a holiday devoid of three-dimensional gifts . . . so, why not combine good and wrapping papers by buying a form and function gift such as the Remember Bracelet above (and the many below).

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The Most Good We Can Do: My 3 A.M.

 

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“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.” Maya Angelou 

So, like many others, I am ‘woke’. Woke at 3 in the morning with nightmares. Woke to seeing that the hatred of women is far stronger than I realized. That people, men and women, will wear signs & sweatshirts of the greatest disrespect. That fear-mongering towards the ‘other’ has never stopped. That though we are a nation of immigrants, we still want to step down on the most recent who’ve come to America, despite that most of us are here because our forebears traveled from far away, usually running from evil or hardship.

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Behind One Writer’s Group Curtain (at The Boston Book Festival)

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                                    How does a writer, working alone, manage isolation?

The initial spark of a novel and putting words to paper is a solitary thing—but even introverted authors need a band of brothers or sisters. Come hear the secrets of one writing community that has balanced isolation and creative collaboration for eight years—and has a lot to show for it! Between us (Nichole BernierKathy CrowleyJuliette FayRandy Susan Meyers, and E. B. Moore ) we’ve twelve published books (with five more in the works), many published short stories and articles, a literary blog, awards and residencies, and even, (coming soon), a big bricks-and-mortar local bookstore.

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Not Our Shame

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With every listen, the Trump sex assault tape sounds worse. Every syllable engenders feelings of being small and wretched and humiliated. I search for the genesis of these emotions, for the source of my desire to curl up into an invisible ball.

And the truths wash in:

The time my neighbor’s boyfriend covered my six-year-old crotch with his (fifty? sixty?) year-old fingers, inserting them through the fabric, while giving me a swim lesson in Coney Island. My shame, even now, floods back. My shame. My sister was with me. We were two little girls.

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Worshipping at the Library Alter

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“The library was a little old shabby place. Francie thought it was beautiful. The feeling she had about it was as good as the feeling she had about church.” A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith.

Some books etch themselves on your soul. I don’t remember how old I was when I first read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Perhaps eleven? (Francie’s age when the book begins.) How many times did I read it after that? Ten? Twenty? Enough so that every scene, every character indelibly marked me.

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Massachusetts Book Award!

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The Massachusetts Center for the Book has chosen Accidents of Marriage  as a “Must Read” book for 2015! It’s in wonderful company–you can see the full list for the fiction category here.

Along with the other books on the list, Accidents of Marriage is  shortlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award, which recognizes “compelling works of Massachusetts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature” published within the past year. Winners in each category will be announced in October 2015.

 

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Launch Day: ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE In Paperback

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