Monthly Archives: November 2009

Around the World in 80 Days: Reflections on Recent Travels

Pittsburgh:  Saturday morning. Post-Starbucks and pre-wedding planning day with Kate and Nik, Anthony and Chelsea, Ila and Neal.In a mellow, grateful, Thanksgiving Weekend mood. It occurred to me, as I was returning from my third trip to NYC last week, … Continue reading

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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: An "Old Mennonite" Review

When I read Rhoda Janzen’s Mennonite in a Little Black Dress (http://www.amazon.com/Mennonite-Little-Black-Dress-Memoir/dp/080508925X) late at night, the bed posts shook. I had to choke back gargantuan guffaws in order not to wake my Mennonite husband. The last time that happened, I … Continue reading

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Save Yourself the Cost of the Sarah Palin Memoir: Read Great Kakutani Review in New York Times

Thanks to my Facebook friend Marla Miller for pointing me to a great review–and a great strategy for dealing with this particular memoir.  Read the review; don’t buy the book. Use the comment section to agree or disagree with the … Continue reading

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Laura Bush Memoir Book Deal Illustrates Recession?

Today’s Daily Beast asserts that Laura Bush received less than Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford–and only one third the amount that the same publisher (Simon & Shuster) paid for Hillary Clinton’s memoir. They speculate that the recession may be to blame. … Continue reading

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