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Valerie Frankel is a bestselling novelist and an award-winning journalist. Her new memoir, It's Hard Not to Hate You, was recently described as "Cathartic, entertaining, funny, warm" by Publishers Weekly. She's written twenty-four other books (chick lit, YA novels, memoirs, self-help and mysteries), and contributed to dozens of publications including the New York Times, Self, Allure, Glamour, Parenting and Good Housekeeping. Her memoir, Thin Is the New Happy, about overcoming bad body image after 30 years of dieting was called "Rueful, zestful and surprisingly funny," by the New York Times. Frankel co-authored Men Are Stupid . . . And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery with the Joan Rivers. More recently, Frankel collaborated with Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi on her novel A Shore Thing

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Valerie Harper: Lung Cancer Deadlier Than Breast

(46) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Yesterday, Sandra Lee announced she had breast cancer and was going to have a double mastectomy. Her cancer was detected via routine mammogram. Twenty years ago, it's unlikely Lee would have announced her diagnosis and surgery, or knew to get annual mammograms. Thanks to the Susan...

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Sunburn Cure: Tamanu Oil Beats Aloe

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:23 PM

It seems every time I travel, my skin goes crazy. In Mexico, my hands turned into lobster claws. In Tanzania, an allergic reaction to malaria meds blew up my lips to Big Ang proportions. I came home from Fiji with MRSA.

My recent trip to...

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Debi Mazar on Insomnia: 'Thank GOD for Makeup!'

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:15 PM


Actor Debi Mazar spoke about sleeplessness this week at a press event for SILENOR, a new sleep drug. It's not that the star of Entourage, Younger on TV Land and Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel is too busy to sleep. She spends...

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We Need a Global Wellness Day NOW!

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:46 PM

We have Earth Day. We have Mother's Day. We probably have Earth Mother's Day, along with hundreds of other "days" to acknowledge and celebrate something. What about Wellness Day?

Of course, every day should be devoted, in part, to wellness -- exercise, healthy eating, meditation, adequate sleep, soul-nurturing connections...

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Google's Head Of Strategic Planning: "I Don't Watch Silicon Valley"

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:14 PM


At the C2MTL "creativity + commerce" conference last week in Montreal, I chatted with Abigail Posner, Google's head of strategic planning, about Google Glass, Silicon Valley, and the deeper meaning of memes. Our conversation, below:

Val: At the conference yesterday, Tony Hsieh of...

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CEOs Talk, Dreamers Listen

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:08 AM

During day one at C2MTL in Montreal, "a business conference somewhere between genius and insanity," several multi-milionaires delivered TED-Talk style inspirational speeches to the aspiring moguls in the audience. A few misguided lecturers bored the audience with platitudes, preaching the value of adaptability (change is a constant), innovation (think different)...

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Must Love Cats

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 9:54 AM

Before my family and I went on our Moroccan odyssey, we fully expected to see cobras and monkeys in the market square in Marrakesh, donkeys pulling carts through the narrow streets of the Fez medina, caravans of camels with tasseled harnesses on the Saharan dunes, and maybe even...

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Montezuma's Other Revenge

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 12:06 AM

Last month, I went to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for a long weekend. My hotel, the Azul Sensatori, was a luxury all-inclusive place. Along with abundant food options, guests were invited to sample as much tequila as humanly possible. At the buffet-style Siena restaurant, you could choose from a...

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Whiny Parents: College Drop-Off Is Not About You

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 11:55 AM

In a week, my husband and I will take our older daughter to college. I've been readings blogs and columns about how upsetting it is for parents to let their teenage children go. I understand. I find myself staring wistfully at Maggie as she leaves crumbs...

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The $3,750 Question: How Much Would You Pay to Save Your Cat's Life?

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Last Thursday, my beloved 15-year-old tabby Penny peed on my daughter's laundry pile and on the kitchen floor. Then she started pooping outside the box and refused to eat. She'd been perfectly healthy before just two days before. On Friday, our vet gave her the tentative diagnosis of a hyperthyroid....

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It's 3 A.M. -- Expert's Insomnia Cures Fail

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Losing a night's sleep over losing a night's sleep happens to me multiple times a month. I get locked in a mental spin cycle of to-do lists and accounting. So mundane and yet frustratingly mind-griping.

I take Ambien way more often than I admit to anyone. When I get brave...

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Hot Yoga Kicked My Ass, And I Liked It

(20) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 12:32 PM

I tried Bikram yoga. Twenty-six poses in 90 minutes in a room heated to 104 degrees. My first three sessions were horrible, okay and great, in that order. After my triumphant third session -- I got through every pose, no light-headedness or true misery -- I thought, "Hot...

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Damn You, College Board!

(17) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 6:08 PM

It's been widely reported that the SAT administered at my daughter's school in Brooklyn on May 5, 2012, has been invalidated by the College Board. Two hundred kids from 50 city schools took the test at the Packer Collegiate Institute that day. It was...

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Occupy Wall Street: Hate Is Good

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 2:35 PM

The story now unfolding on Wall Street doesn't star a dynamic up-and-coming trader, or a veteran hedge fund manager. The stars of this year's drama don't work in a Wall Street bank. Many of them don't have jobs at all because of Wall Street banks. If they convinced...

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Minor Hates

(86) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 5:16 PM

In my new memoir, It's Hard Not to Hate You, about releasing anger in order to prevent major emotional meltdowns, I just had to include a chapter on the pet peeves and daily annoyances that send me into a hyperactive blind rage. What makes your blood pressure rise?

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Female Friendship Style: The Butterfly vs. The Worm

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 3:45 PM

As a socially awkward person, I've always been envious of women with packed calendars and mailboxes bursting the evites. I went to just three parties last year -- and two of them were for work. Should I be worried that I have, like, five real friends?

My "real" connections...

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God Must Be Crazy: The Book of Mormon Review

(16) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 4:28 PM

Last Friday, I saw a preview performance of The Book Of Mormon, the Broadway musical written by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez. I wondered how Parker and Stone's tendency toward scatological sacrilege would work on staid, conservative Broadway, which has been playing it...

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Lady Gaga: (Not) Born to Express Yourself This Way

(79) Comments | Posted February 20, 2011 | 8:30 PM

Lady Gaga has always been thoroughly modern Madonna. She pulled herself out of obscurity by Madonna's bra straps. "Alejandro" sounds like "La Isla Bonita." "Paparazzi" reminds me of "Papa Don't Preach" (maybe just the repetition of "papa"). The fame monster has taken sound and style cues from the material girl...

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My Tiger Mother Experiment: Using Chua's Book as a Parenting Guide

(7) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 12:54 AM

Amy Chua has claimed that her bestseller "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" is not a parenting guide for lax Westerners. She insists that it's a memoir of her own experiences and not meant to supply "news you can use" -- as we in the ladies' magazine business call it.

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Sarah Palin's Alaska: Agenda Pushing Sad Reality

(32) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 10:54 AM

I watched Sarah Palin's Alaska, hoping to indulge in snarky fun, swapping snide comments with my husband. Sure, we chuckled when she said her daughter liked "socialization" with her peers. Yes, my ovaries shriveled when, after Todd Palin caught a salmon for dinner, she said, "He brings home the bacon,...

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