Posts in category "Books"

On the writing process

On the writing process
This week, our fearless ChicagoNow leader, Jimmy Greenfield, asked us to write about our writing processes. I’ve read a lot of writing books over the years, and oftentimes the author will get into the whole “process” thing. “I wake with the birds at 5:30 AM; and after my second cup of coffee, I grab my... Read more »

Amy Poehler says, "Treat your career like a bad boyfriend," and I'm inclined to agree with her

Amy Poehler says, "Treat your career like a bad boyfriend," and I'm inclined to agree with her
For the past few days, I’ve been reading Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please. It’s lovely and fun and thoughtful and a great companion to Tina Fey’s Bossypants. Now all I need is a Maya Rudolph memoir and my life will be complete. I read a chapter yesterday that was called “Treat your career like a... Read more »

The best books for NaNoWriMo prep

The best books for NaNoWriMo prep
National Novel Writing Month starts on November 1. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept. the goal is to write a complete novel (50K words, at least) in one month. While the NaNoWriMo rules state that you can’t start writing the novel until the first of November, it is in your best interest to do some... Read more »
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Maud Hart Lovelace, your ghost can haunt me any time

Maud Hart Lovelace, your ghost can haunt me any time
When I was a kid, my mom was always recommending books to me, and I was forever ignoring her suggestions. That trend continues to this day, though I’m not sure why. After all, she was the one who turned me on to Maud Hart Lovelace’s books. I remember the day vividly. I was six-years old.... Read more »

Harry Potter divorce? Hermione married the wrong dude

Harry Potter divorce? Hermione married the wrong dude
It’s endearing that J.K. Rowling still likes to talk about the books that made her a household name (and several boatloads of coin). Many authors are anxious to move on or shy away from what brought them to the dance, but not Ms. Rowling. Since the Harry Potter books ended in 2007, she has outed... Read more »

What To Do With Your Kids' Old Books

What To Do With Your Kids' Old Books
A few months ago, I went through my kids’ playroom and tried to get rid of as many old toys as possible. I was ruthless with the puzzles and the teething toys and the rattles and the stuffed animals that had long ago become passé. I dumped a bunch race car tracks that we never... Read more »
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Cooking With Goop: Gwyneth Paltrow's Brownie Recipe That Could

Cooking With Goop: Gwyneth Paltrow's Brownie Recipe That Could
Hi, all! I cooked with Goop again last week, making the chocolate-almond cupcakes that utilize Gwyneth Paltrow’s gluten-free/vegan Brownie Recipe That Could. I don’t know what’s wrong with either me or my ancient stove with the busted temperature dial, because, while these tasted delicious, they came out like raw dough. However, I’m not willing to... Read more »

Cooking With Goop -- Vegan and Gluten-Free Almond Butter Cookies

Cooking With Goop -- Vegan and Gluten-Free Almond Butter Cookies
Hi-ho, there! I’ll admit it. I’ve gotten away from my Goop cooking. Many of her recipes are too fussy for weekday afternoons, at least for this lazy housewife. (How’d you like to watch that Bravo show? It’d just be a bunch of doughy ladies in pajama pants, playing Sims and drinking white zinfandel out of... Read more »

7 Reasons Why You Should Read the Game of Thrones Books

7 Reasons Why You Should Read the Game of Thrones Books
The third season of Game of Thrones ended on Sunday; and after the…well, let’s call it the “RW (there are SPOILERS in that link),” more people are talking about the show than ever. It’s time to jump on the bandwagon, and it’s time to read the books. The fourth season premieres on April 17, 2014, so... Read more »
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7 Reasons Why Game of Thrones is Not for Women

7 Reasons Why Game of Thrones is Not for Women
A little bit has been made recently about how Game of Thrones is not for women. Some awesome journalist  wrote about this for Thrillist.  Andrew Daar responded. I’m going to shock you all when I say (as a woman) that I agree 103% with the Thrillist piece. Game of Thrones is simply NOT for ladies.... Read more »