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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 http://www.valeriefrankel.com

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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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Kelly Bensimon: Celebrate This

(54) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 3:54 PM

During the Real Housewives of New Yorkreunion show, Kelly Killoren Bensimon asked the other housewives to celebrate her for who she really is.

But celebrate what, exactly?

Her coherence? Compared to Bensimon, my 11-year-old daughter with ADD sounds like Mark Twain. My 14-year old daughter managed to stop...

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How Family Holidays Feed Body Image Anxiety

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 2:13 PM

In my family, we've had some dramatic Thanksgivings. The year Grandma got drunk, called us "selfish pigs," and then locked herself in her Caddie with a bottle of Scotch springs to mind. Even on the relatively calm holidays, however, drama ensued if only in my head. For most people, Thanksgiving...

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Sarah Palin: Pretty Girl

(26) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 4:51 PM

The burning question sane women have about Sarah Palin: "Just who the hell does she think she is?"

I'll tell you who she is: Sarah Palin is a Pretty Girl. Due to her Miss Alaska runner-up credentials, Palin has enjoyed a life, thus far, of getting what she wants, whenever...

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