Gratitude for books in the wild…

By Barbara Josselsohn / April 25, 2022

I’m so grateful for writer friends who know what will bring a smile to my face! Thanks so much to the talented writer Elizabeth Sumner Wafler for spotting my first book at the Bryan Park NYC lending library and posting it!  

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Weekend sofa time travel

By Barbara Josselsohn / April 25, 2022

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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A Blessed Seder Interruption…

By Barbara Josselsohn / April 18, 2022

I’m so very grateful for Passover seders that get cancelled for the best of reasons! Our traditional seder at my sister’s house became anything but traditional when this little cutie, my niece’s first daughter, decided to make a month-early appearance! With my sister’s side of the family wrapped up with the new arrival, my crew…

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Today in the Taxi — a poetry collection by Sean Singer

By Barbara Josselsohn / April 15, 2022

I’m so excited to recommend Today in the Taxi, a new poetry collection by Sean Singer, based on his experiences as a driver for ride-sharing companies. I had the great privilege of hearing Singer read at a recent conference, and I found his renderings of and reflections on his experiences unforgettable – at times moving,…

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Monday Gratitude: Celebrating the Class of 2020

By Barbara Josselsohn / April 11, 2022

I’m grateful for a Sunday spent clothes shopping with my daughter – and not just any shopping: we were shopping for a dress for her to wear to her twice-delayed college graduation, now scheduled for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend! I know that my family’s pandemic experience pales in comparison to what so many others…

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French Braid by Anne Tyler

By Barbara Josselsohn / April 8, 2022

  Anne Tyler is the author who made me want to be a novelist, so I pick up her books the moment they release! And I’m so excited to have FRENCH BRAID in my hands! I’ve just started it but already cannot put it down. Tyler is the quintessential author’s author — she does so…

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Friday Reads: The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

By Barbara Josselsohn / April 1, 2022

  What a treat to spend time exploring the inner workings of the New York Public Library with novelist Fiona Davis as a guide! THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE puts us into the minds of Laura, wife of  the superintendent of the library in 1913, and her granddaughter Sadie,  curator of a special exhibit at…

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Writing Community Love! AWP 2022 in Philadelphia

By Barbara Josselsohn / March 28, 2022

I am so grateful for writing communities that give my creativity and motivation a boost! Last week I was lucky enough to attend AWP in Philadelphia, where I connected with The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College director Courtney Gillette. I also enjoyed a fabulous reading at the A Novel Idea bookshop which featured amazing…

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Crazy to Leave You

By Barbara Josselsohn / March 25, 2022

  So glad I got an early look at Marilyn Rothstein’s new novel, Crazy to Leave You! Marilyn’s brand of humor — surprising, quick-paced, a drop edgy, but always good natured — makes for a wonderfully entertaining and engrossing read. Coming out in May. Pre-order now!

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Joyful Gelati

By Barbara Josselsohn / March 21, 2022

Today I’m grateful for joyous pictures of  gelato outside the Pantheon on Rome! No, I’m not there — but relishing the experience vicariously. So glad my daughter’s postponed European trip from two years ago has come true!  

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