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The One Where Dad Chills Out: Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

The One Where Dad Chills Out: Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
So maybe when I lose the Nobel I can score a visit to a West Coast retreat and finally chill the hell out. But really, I just want the time away to read more books like this one. Rajeev Balasubramanyam’s “Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss” ranks right up there with “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold... Read more »

So You Wanna Start a Business: I'm Not Really a Waitress by Suzi Weiss Fischmann

So You Wanna Start a Business: I'm Not Really a Waitress by Suzi Weiss Fischmann
Success in life is really all about how you define it. That, and … well … the ability to survive on as minimal an amount of sleep as possible. I am not a business person, nor have I ever harbored a serious desire to start one, outside of daydreaming about owning a bookstore-slash-funky-gift-shop-slash-wine-bar somewhere on... Read more »

I'm with the Band: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I'm with the Band: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Thank god for books, the beautiful distractions they are. I have been in no mood these past few days. The stories out of DC has been soul crushing to the point that even having the news on for 15 minutes makes me stabby. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Daisy Jones & The Six” was a perfect place to... Read more »
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Yes, I am That Pathetic: How to be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings by Sarah Cooper

Yes, I am That Pathetic: How to be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings by Sarah Cooper
It was a Facebook post featuring a section of Sarah Cooper’s “How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings” that made me laugh, then cringe. I just had to get the book. Exactly why would I laugh and then die just a little on the inside? Because as I turned page after page, I came... Read more »

Staying in a Moment Forever: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Staying in a Moment Forever: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Should you read “The Great Believers?” Short answer: Yes. Short, but longer answer: I cried ugly through the last 30 pages. My God, yes, read this. “The Great Believers” is above all else, a love story about the closest of friendships. At its core sits Fiona, a young, determined woman adopted as a sister by... Read more »

50 Thoughts: Going for Gratitude

It’s a day I should be celebrating — I’m halfway to my memoir-istic goal of 50 blog posts in 50 days before my 50th birthday. But September 11th is never going to be much of a celebratory day for anything, is it? I suspect a lot of people struggle with emotions on this day, especially... Read more »
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50 Thoughts: My Feet are My Favorite Part of Me

I’ve started jogging again. I took up running maybe a year or so before my 40th birthday, mostly by accident. I was walking the indoor track at our local park center in the winter and honestly just got tired of getting held up by senior citizens, Once I moved into the jogging lane to pass,... Read more »

50 Thoughts: A Labor Day Salute to Bad Bosses Everywhere

What better time to offer up an ode to my cross-cross applesauce of a career path than Labor Day weekend? I touched on it here — and no lie, I’ve enjoyed the trip from college to content marketing. But I don’t know that I’ve given proper due to some of my past bosses and the... Read more »

50 Thoughts: There Really Aren't Any Do-Overs, Are There?

Life — it’s all fun and games until someone plays the “Woulda Coulda Shoulda” card. Up next in my 50-day blog game: the concept of do-overs. It comes on the heels of finishing “A Place for Us,” by Fatima Farheen Mirza — wrapped up in the wee early morning hours in a motel lobby while... Read more »
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Yes, You're Complicit in the Family Dysfunction Too: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Yes, You're Complicit in the Family Dysfunction Too: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
You can love your family with all your might, but no matter: someone’s still going to be pissed they didn’t get those Air Jordans in fourth grade or their grandpa’s heirloom watch. Debut author Fatima Farheen Mirza’s “A Place for Us” is a story for all of us, regardless of our station in life, the... Read more »