‘Tis the Season

It’s so awkward getting gifts that you really don’t like. Or need. Especially when the giver is all excited because they looked all over for it and they love it so much that they just assume that you’ll love it and treasure it forever.  We’re hard to shop for, everybody tells us so, but Daphne always manages to find something that we don’t already have. Last week,  she gave us this:

Oh Deer

Oh Deer

Oh, The Places I’ll Go This Month

This past Monday I had the great pleasure of participating in author Alice Hoffman’s annual fundraiser, An Evening With your Favorite Authors, to support the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn hospital.  I had a great time seeing a few authors that I know and meeting a few others that I had only known prior to the event from reading their books.

Here’s a photo of all of us who read or spoke at the event which took place at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge.  All but one person in the photo are authors.  If you can name all the authors, I will happily send you a signed copy of my book.  The first to name all, that is.

And The Winners Are…

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Many thanks to all who participated in this grueling test of intellect and memory. The first ten who answered correctly were: Lisa, Rachel, Michele, Amanda, Jane Heir, Jill, Lauren, Arliss, Jacki and Pat.

If you are one of the lucky winners, please email me your mailing address at: [email protected]  Tell me who you would like the book to be inscribed to, either yourself or a friend.  And I will send it off sometime this week!

Again, for anyone else who would like a personalized book, please contact the Hickory Stick Bookshop at 860-868-0525.

Let’s Have a Contest

9781250043030_p0_v3_s260x420 The Good House is available in paperback, today.  You can buy it at Target, which has chosen it as their October Book Club pick.  They actually published a special edition with extra content, questions and stuff. It’s also at B&N, BJ’s, Costco, Amazon and most bookstores, but if you want a really special edition, why not call my friend Fran at the Hickory Stick Bookshop?  I’m in the Hickory Stick all the time, poking around. If you would like me to personalize a copy for you or a friend, you can call Fran at 860-868-0525, or email her using the link above.  She will then call me and I’ll scoot over there and sign your book and she’ll send it off to you.

Something New

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I’ve been working away at my new novel all summer, and then, a couple of weeks ago, I hit a roadblock.  I can’t figure out how to move the plot forward. It’s really dug in its heels, this story,  and no matter what I do to try to jolly it along, it refuses to budge. So, this week, I did what anybody would do in my situation.

I went out and I bought me a banjo.

Hildy and Meryl

Is this a dream?

Is this a dream?

So, in case you haven’t heard the exciting news, Meryl Streep has signed on to play Hildy in the film version of The Good House! Robert DeNiro is Frank!  Here’s a link to one of the reports from yesterday when the deal was announced:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/robert-de-niro-meryl-streep-reteam-and-move-into-the-good-house-20130806

I have known for a while but didn’t want to say anything until it was announced by the producer, Jane Rosenthal of TriBeCa Productions and FilmNation.  This is just so exciting and yes, I have met Meryl! Yes, she’s beautiful and down-to-earth and smart and funny. And she really “gets” Hildy.

Then There Was the Time We Tried Dressage

(THIS WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED IN AUGUST OF 2011)

Whose Beauty is Past Change

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Mark died today.

He was fine on Friday morning. Friday afternoon … well, I can’t go into it all now, it’s too sad.

He had colic. It’s a very painful blockage of the intestines. It’s something that he’s never had before. It’s not uncommon in horses. It usually resolves itself.  If not, the horse needs surgery or it will die.  Mark had surgery Friday night but his recovery didn’t go well. He had a  second surgery today.   They let me watch the surgery from a viewing area. I know that seems like a strange thing to want to do, but I did, and it was so extraordinary, it was really sort of beautiful. Isn’t that strange?

Summer Daze

Well, it’s been an incredibly busy summer. I’m still doing occasional book talks and author events for The Good House, in fact I’m doing an event at the Barnes & Noble on 86th & Lexington, tonight in Manhattan. I’ll be interviewing actors and actresses about narrating audiobooks, and one of the actresses will be Mary Beth Hurt, who narrated The Good House and helped it become chosen as one of Audible.com’s best audiobooks of 2013!  Come! It’s at 7:00, free and air-conditioned:

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A few little films

I am really working hard on my new book and have not been able to blog like I used to. But I have a new obsession. It’s called Vine. It’s an app. A free app.  You make these little videos, and they’re like little gifs, I guess. I’m not exactly sure what a gif is. But the videos are fun. Here’s one. You have to click on the sound icon in the corner to get the full effect of these minor masterpieces:

 

And another:

Okay, one more: