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Laura Dave

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7 Days to A Better Breakup

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 5:43 PM

The other night I was having dinner with some girlfriends, one of whom just went through a fairly miserable breakup. (Is there really another kind?)

"Nothing is worse than the first week back on your own," she said.

Annie Adams, the protagonist in my novel The First Husband, would...

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Checking Out

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 11:20 AM

One of my favorite quotes about traveling is by Susan Sontag. Sontag said, "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."

This quote was running through my mind as I sat down to start working on my most recent novel, The First Husband, which focuses on Annie...

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5 Movies That Made Me Fall In Love... Again

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 9:14 AM

One of my favorite quotes about taking another shot at love, after a heartbreak, comes from Annie Hall. Woody Allen says:

I thought of this old joke: This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, the doctor says, "Well,...
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Divorce Movies: 5 Movies That Will Save You After Your Divorce

(10) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 9:11 AM

I spent a year researching marriage and divorce for my novel, The Divorce Party, talking to dozens of people about how they got from happily ever after to...happily somewhere else.

Many of the divorcees that I spoke with talked about two things that saved them: the value of a...

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The Best Los Angeles Road Trips (Part 1)

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 2:14 PM

This past August marked my one-year anniversary of living in Los Angeles. I'd flirted with the move for about a year, spending two weeks a month in LA, overstaying my welcome in a friend's second bedroom, wondering how many times I was going to re-read Joan Didion's Goodbye To...

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Five Reasons to Celebrate a Break-Up

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 9:22 PM

I received so many notes after blogging about '5 Reasons to Stay With The Person You Love' that I thought it would be useful to consider the reverse--when should we celebrate letting go?

Last weekend, I went to my favorite place on earth: Big Sur, California (pop: 1,049) --...

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5 Reasons To Stay With The Person You Love

(10) Comments | Posted August 6, 2009 | 11:58 AM

One of my favorite quotes about love and marriage comes from Oscar Wilde: A Man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her. While that saying makes me laugh, Wilde is also getting to something important: Marriage is tricky. And in today's society where...

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In Search of America's Best Red Velvet Cake

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2009 | 3:36 PM

A little over eighteen months ago, I undertook a crazy person's assignment: I set out to find the Best Red Velvet Cake in America. I began tasting cakes everywhere from Seattle to Springfield to Santa Fe. And I began working on a list of criteria for judgment: something a little...

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