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Tips to look after your husband

Tips to look after your husband

It’s probably because this is the week that The Handmaid’s Tale debuts on Hulu, but I’ve been thinking a lot about male/female relations lately. And I have a confession to make: I kind of get why men would be sexist. I discovered The Handmaid’s Tale as a high school student, one of many subversive books […]

Yesterday, I was going through my early-morning ritual of watching some CNN before getting my day started. They turned their attention to a discussion of the Bill O’Reilly ouster from Fox. What did it mean? How did it go down? There were three women on the panel, and I was fascinated to learn that they […]

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National Sibling Day

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Dear turtles and late bloomers

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I often held back from doing things in my teens and twenties because I was inexperienced, lacked the savvy and connections. I felt “too young.” I had two kids, blinked, and suddenly all around me, people a decade younger than I was were accomplishing the things I’d felt too young to attempt. Enter the curse […]

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Featured on the Barnes and Noble Teen Blog

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Featured on the Barnes and Noble Teen Blog

Imagine my delight to see this great list on the prestigious and widely-read B&N Teen Blog, and then imagine it doubling when I realized my book is on it! Immigration stories are so important in today’s climate. They help people view the day’s conversations through a prism of compassion and understanding. That’s why I wrote […]

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See you at the Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival

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I hope to see you at the Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival on June 9th and 10th. It’s a book-festival-ish weekend with not one but TWO wonderful book events (I may need to get my ruby slippers on to knock my heels together and get from one place to the next). Luckily, they’re both close to […]

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Books NJ 2017

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Hello, sugarplums! I’m delighted and honored to have been chosen for my second turn at BooksNJ, the big and wonderful book festival that happens on the grounds of the Paramus Library. This is one of my favorite book festivals because it’s got loads of fun panels, an excellent book tent, and so many awesome authors. […]

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We don’t choose our stories

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A friend posted about a writing book she was reading. The quote was this: “I believe that we don’t choose our stories,’ she began, leaning forward. ‘Our stories choose us.’” It was exactly the kind of self-congratulatory thing that writers love to say to each other. I’ve done it dozens of times myself, paper cup […]

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Tale as old as time

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This weekend I went to see the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. I’d been looking forward to it for months, luminous Emma Watson starting as Belle, the book nerd heroine that so captivated me in my young adult years. In many ways, it did not disappoint. It held faithfully to the gorgeous […]

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The day I discovered my powers could be used for evil as well as good

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I grew up Catholic AND Hispanic. That means that I got a whole lot of guilt and “shoulds” right out of the womb. What will people think? If you do that, what will happen? When I was little, I was sure the Big Dude was always watching, cataloging, frowning at the booger I wiped behind […]

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