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Fiction is a Necessity

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This summer I escaped… Thank God for books. Literary passport in hand, I jetted to NYC, the Hamptons, Paris, Edinburgh and Amsterdam.  In real life, I only made it to Florida. Are you ready for some superlatives from my summer reading list? BEST BEACH READ: SOMETHING BORROWED  – Emily Griffin It’s “Chick Lit”, right? After all, it has a pink cover with an engagement ring on it.  I prefer Vanity Fair’s description of Griffin as a […]

BOOK REVIEWS: Just Because Something Happens Doesn’t Make it Interesting

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Here’s a round-up of what I’ve read this month: The Woman Upstairs – Claire Messud Meet Nora, a “good girl” of a woman grappling with the truth that “…what consigned me to mediocrity, is me, just me.” She didn’t grow up to be a great artist, a mother or a wife. And, at 42, she’s a single elementary school teacher obsessed and infatuated with the family of one of her students. Ok, Messud piqued my […]

My Favorite Books of the Year

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There is reading. And there is reading a good book. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. After a few years reading mainly articles, blogs and magazines, I turned my attention back to books this year. And oh, the difference! I had forgotten how powerful and satisfying books can be. Books are MIND fuel. Period. Here’s a rundown of my favorite books this year: Non-Fiction Most likely to become assigned reading in English & Writing Classes When […]

BOOK REVIEWS: A Disappearance, A Wife Project & The Nazis

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It’s that time of the month again! You know, the time of month where my inner “book nerd” comes out. Please pardon the interruption in The Pinterest Therapy Sessions today and check out a few of the great books I’ve read lately. THE ROSIE PROJECT – Graeme Simsion You can’t help but love the narrator here. Professor Don Tillman is a hunky and brilliant 39-year-old geneticist – one who’s designed a “Wife Project” to find a suitable life […]

BOOK REVIEWS: My New BFF, Kicking the Habit & The Best Fiction of 2013

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Here’s a round-up of what I’ve read this month: The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison Don’t believe Anne Lamott and all the others hailing Harrison’s novel as this summer’s “Gone Girl”. I love Anne Lamott, but this is not “Gone Girl”. No, it is much, much better.  Both books alternate His and Her perspectives and both chronicle the death of long-term relationships that appear perfect on the surface. Harrison’s novel, though, delivers more compelling psychological portraits […]

BOOK REVIEWS: A Memoir, Psycho Chick Lit & a Morbidly Obese Russian

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 Here’s a round up of what I’ve been reading lately: When Women Were Birds – Terry Tempest Williams This memoir (composed of 54 vignettes) leaves me with a real appreciation for Terry Tempest Williams and a desire to read more from her. I was hooked from the beginning when Williams inherits her mother’s journals – three shelves full of meticulously ordered, beautiful, cloth bound journals – only to discover blank pages. Williams writes about the voice […]

BOOK REVIEWS: A Non-Fiction Bender

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I’m on a non-fiction bender. Here’s a round up of what I’ve been reading so far this summer. Style Statement – Carrie McCarthy & Danielle LaPorte Caution: This book is “style psychotherapy” and requires a significant amount of self-reflection. It totally absorbed my time and attention for more days than I care to admit. The payoff – if you put the time into the exercises, you’ll be able to clearly discern and articulate your personal […]