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YALSA includes TSSOE on Hispanic Heritage Month List

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) put out their list books books for Hispanic Heritage…

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THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is out on audio!  Yay!  You can download and start…

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What’s nerdy and bookish and Tweets all over?  Me!  Follow me on Twitter since I’m on…

Come meet me at the Writers Digest Conference

What do Harlan Coben, Jacquelyn Mitchard and me have in common?  We’ll all be speaking…

School Library Journal adds TSSoE to its “What’s Hot in YA” list

The awesome folks over at School Library Journal have compiled a great list of books…

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TSSoE

  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Chelsea

Adventures in publishing

I am really enjoying this book publicity stuff, as I knew I would.  I am living the dream! When I was a little undocumented girl living in a ratty basement, I would entertain my parents by putting on fashion shows with feather boas and wigs, making entrance after entrance just so that I could change…

The great iris relocation project

My gorgeous iris garden gave beautiful flowers this year.  However, the rhizomes I bought three years ago multiplied and grew, so I knew it was getting to be time to dig them up and divide them to keep them flowering and blooming.  Holy major project, Batman!  I was reminded of the fact that I may…

Scary

It abashes me to me a cliche, yet at every one of my kids’ milestones I think, “They grow up so fast.” Today is a Halloween for which I’ve been advised my services will not be required. No trolling the neighborhood with my cherubic offspring, in a gang of fellow town moms and their broods.…

Scary

November

While I’m on a roll updating the “soundtrack of my life” section, let me share you a song I’ve been obsessed with (OBSESSED WITH) ever since discovering it on the HBO show The Leftovers. I wish this was playing behind me everywhere at all times. Sublime.…

November

YALSA includes TSSOE on Hispanic Heritage Month List

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) put out their list books books for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and guess who is on it! THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is in some pretty impressive company and I’m humbled and grateful. Check out this very cool list: click here.…

Immigration

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Irreverent Illegal Girl’s Rant on Independence Day

I love the 4th of July.  Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, I had a conflicted relationship with it.  On the one hand, I loved everything about it – the flags, the red, white and blue on everything, the fireworks…

Gotta love the “Superman is an Immigrant” campaign

I have always had a thing for Superman.  I remember going to see the original…

Immigration and the Boston Marathon bombing

One of the reasons I began to tell my story about having been an undocumented…

The Journey from Illegal

In the jumble of feelings and paperwork that is a divorce, my naturalization certificate disappeared. …

Essays

There is always after

I don’t deal with bad news well.  No one does, I guess, but I am…

A Dear John to the Port Authority

For everyone who has commuted via mass transit into New York City.  Or anywhere else,…

A Hurricane of Anger

It only takes me 4 days with no power and heat to see violence in…

Mother’s Day – an essay on ambivalence

I’ve always been ambivalent about Mother’s Day, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on why that is. Then I read this essay by Anne Lamott and I think I figured it out. As a daughter, the forced…

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