Andrea Hoffman Goes All In by Diane Cohen Schneider

So excited to have gotten an early peek at this amazing debut by my pal Diane Cohen Schneider. It’s even better than I expected! Andrea Hoffman is an overeducated, underemployed, and unmotivated recent college graduate–until an unexpected robbery blasts her out of her funk and into a job in the finance world of early-1980s Chicago.…

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What does it mean to go home?

What does it mean to go home? I’ve been asking myself that question, having just spent a few weeks on Long Island, where I grew up. I wasn’t prepared for how strange it felt to settle in – to travel on the streets I would drive on when I was a kid, to visit restaurants…

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Nora Goes Off Script — a truly remarkable book

  A truly remarkable book! As a writer, I found myself marveling at how Annabel Monaghan so effortlessly gets all the elements right – the complex characters, the strong sense of place, the compelling love story, the humor, the irresistible plot and the ending that feels both surprising and inevitable. But more important, as a…

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Thanks, Batavia Library!

My mother was the assistant to the director of Syosset Library when I was growing up, so the library was my second home. I loved being around all the books and the people who read, shelved, and recommended them. I thought it was so special that I saw places few others could — like the…

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An exploration of the nature of reality in Brett’s page turning novel The Schrödinger Girl

In The Schrödinger Girl by Laurel Brett, Garrett Adams, a psychology professor, meets Daphne, a compelling young woman who appears to exist as four separate versions of herself – and suddenly everything changes. In a word, Garrett is obsessed: Can he understand who Daphne is and what’s behind her seemingly impossible multiple existences? With the…

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A Delicious Old Hollywood Read

  I enjoyed this quick read, with its delicious depiction of Old Hollywood seen through the eyes of a fictional one-time movie star ready to share her life story. But I was also struck by the serious questions underlying the story: When is it time to tell the truth? To whom do you tell it?…

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Weekend sofa time travel

Historical fiction was on my reading list this weekend — The Letter by Kathryn Hughes and The Storyteller of Casablanca by Fiona Valpy. Did anyone else time-travel on their sofa this weekend?  

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