De Robertis's new novel is The Gods of Tango, published by Knopf. In 1913, seventeen year old Leda arrives by ship in Buenos Aires, from Italy, ostensibly to be greeted by her new husband Dante.
Almost exactly three years ago, I read that Nora Ephron died. I had just moved the farthest I'd ever been from my family and friends, and started law school a few weeks earlier. Life was changing, but I always expected Nora to be there to explain the changes and all that goes along with them.
Today, the Connecticut-native leads an army of letter writers; gentle warriors who help out at More Love Letters, the non-profit she's since founded. I recently caught up with Brencher, to ask her about life in New York, what it's like to speak at TED, and how words have the power to heal.
The Walking Dead,
Where does our cultural conjoining of sleep and death come from, and how has the entanglement of the two concepts persisted throughout time in our major artistic and historic works?
Carroll's diaries make no mention of drugs. We know that he occasionally enjoyed a glass of sherry and may have taken opiate-infused drug Laudanum (which was readily available to everyone in the 1860s). Other than that, there's nothing connecting Alice and drugs.
What does it say that those taking on gender politics believe the way for women to rise is to literally remove men from the equation? Do we, as strong, female artists, really believe it's necessary to excise men in order for fairness to reign? It seems many do. But I have a slight problem with that. Actually, several problems of varying degrees of slightness. Some maybe not so slight at all.
Brian Panowich is a firefighter and former musician. As an army brat, he grew up in Europe until the family settled in East Georgia. His debut novel, Bull Mountain, has received extensive praise from James Ellroy, C.J. Box, Wiley Cash, and John Connolly, among others.
Writing a Novel,
The Creative Process,
Being a writer is a challenging creative pursuit, because as writers, we spend a lot of time alone, in our heads. And for the longest time writers have been told they should write "when they feel inspired."
Childhood Disrupted goes into great detail about how the consequences of the toxic stress caused by that trauma damages kids' developing brains, as well as our bodies and genes.
Addiction &Amp; Recovery,
Skin Cancer Prevention,
Summer Reading Suggestions,
What does it mean to make amends? In Jane Green's latest novel, Summer Secrets, we follow Cat, a London journalist and recovering alcoholic on her journey through the twelve steps, which ultimately leads her to lovely beaches of Nantucket.
Guest blogging can be a great way to get your work in front of new sets of eyes and your books on new bookshelves. But landing a guest blogging opportunity isn't as easy as sending off an email to your favorite blogger.
While researching my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, one of the most important habits I gauged was the time of day that successful authors get their writing done. Not surprisingly, more writers I studied do their best work in the morning than at any other time.
Where were the black kids going on thrilling adventures, solving crimes and saving the day that I could identify with? Why couldn't the black kids also just be kids?
Alice In Wonderland,
Declaration Of Independence,
In the middle of the terrace barbecue, I was thinking about Alice, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Airplane, and the White Rabbit, all marching to the tune of their own inner fife and drummers. All in the name of Independence.
Comic book author Rick Geary is a longtime fixture at Comic-Con International. Back in 1980, he took home their Inkpot Award given to individuals for their contributions to the world of comics. And this year, as it has in the past, his artwork (The Toucan) adorns the cover of the official events guide and "Reader" t-shirt.
Bucket list: #2 Read "The Secret," get enlightened, become super rich I decided to start my bucket off with this one, seeing as it's a book that is supposed to teach you how to do and receive everything you've ever wanted. Instead, it showed me just how desperate people are...
Same Sex Marriage,
Gay Voices News
Our ceremony looked like a wedding. It sounded like a wedding. It felt like a wedding. And it was... and wasn't. Despite having to check "single" on our tax returns and lie when one of us was in the hospital ("she's my sister"), we knew who we were: a married couple deserving legal rights.
Women tend to read romances while men read action stories, but that's a reduction of the idea that women crave romance while men crave adventure, stories that happen against a big backdrop. Women live big lives outside the house now, so how does the split in literary reading continue?
I found it oddly comfortable to return to writing a heroine rather than a hero - my first female lead since I wrote The Chosen One, published under my pseudonym, Sam Bourne, in 2010. I instantly felt at ease, guided by that sense that I knew Madison - how she would think, how she would speak, even how she would try to get to sleep in the long, slow hours of the night.
It's summertime and the temperature is heating up, and so are the best seller lists thanks to the arrival of Daniel Silva's latest novel THE ENGLISH SPY. Each year the warm weather heralds the arrival of another action packed thriller from Silva featuring his acclaimed Israeli operative Gabriel Allon.