Happy Friday, all! Right now in New York, the seasons seem as discombobulated as I am.  It went from a bitter cold that made me think I ought to start my annual holiday reading soon back to October Halloween-reading weather.  So I’m not really sure what time of year it is, whether it’s actually going…

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While we were in our long, long lockdown in New York this past spring, my toddler discovered an insatiable desire for muffins.  He didn’t just want muffins.  He NEEDED muffins, like Bismarck needed a united Germany.  It was not negotiable. I mashed bananas until the smell of overripe banana made me sick.  I searched in…

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It’s no secret that Diane’s Books of Greenwich is one of my favorite bookstores!  So I’m especially delighted to be partnering with Diane’s to bring you this scrumptious Winter Reading Basket complete with books, chocolate, cookies, and cocoa (and, yes, that might just be an advance copy of Band of Sisters tucked away in there!).…

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If you’re like me, you’re already worrying about how to deal with gift-buying during Covid times.  (You really don’t want to see the number of dinosaur toys and Barbies taking up my browser windows right now– I miss just being able to go into stores and buy things!) But here’s something you can give without…

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It’s been a crazy rollercoaster of a week, hasn’t it?  In between refreshing news sites, I’ve been reading Jenny Colgan’s 500 Hundred Miles from You, in which a London nurse suffering from a traumatic experience changes places with a counterpart in the Highlands and finds hope and healing there (and the usual amount of laugh out…

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In the midst of this election, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Smith College Relief Unit, who went off to France in the middle of a war to save lives– but still weren’t able to vote at home. On November 6, 1917, after a strenuous, decades’ long battle, women won the right to vote…

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Happy Halloween! In honor of the impending spook-fest, I’ve been in full-on Gothic mode this week.  The weather has been cooperating by raining relentlessly. I started with Patricia Wentworth’s The Benevent Treasure, which I was assured by a friend was the most Gothic of the Miss Silver novels (ingenue heroine, left penniless by the death…

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When the Smith College Relief Unit arrived in Paris in 1917, one of the first things they did was tour the American Ambulance Hospital at Neuilly, an immense building which had previously been a school, but which had been entirely given over to the care of the wounded, ambulances constantly coming and going. When the…

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Happy Friday!  I’m drowning in a richness of new books— so many that I can’t figure out what to read next and have been taking refuge with an old, old favorite: Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword. How to describe The Blue Sword?  It’s a coming of age story, an adventure, a battle between good and…

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We all joke about cooking with pumpkin in October, but guess what?  The Smith College Relief Unit was doing it, too, back in 1917! They might be afflicted with rationing and war bread, but the Smith College Relief Unit found themselves the object of relentless invitations to dinner from neighboring groups of lonely American and…

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