Originally the book was called A World Tour of the Future, but as I did my research, I came to realize that, rather than our future being terrible, it could be a renaissance. I’m not saying the future will be better, but I do believe we still have everything to play for—and everyone of good conscience should be in that game.
Deborah Harkness’ Discovery of Witches (now in paperback) is this month’s “Pennie’s Pick” at Costco!
“One of the joys of this novel is reading about the otherwordly creatures operating freely in today’s world. (You may never look at the person next to you in the checkout lane the same way.) Equally compelling is the author’s obvious knowledge of history, which peppers the plot. I’ve little doubt that most readers will become as enchanted by this debut novel as I am.”
“I’m going down on one of the trips, to the Puerto Rico Trench, and it will take about seven hours, heading down in this dark abyss, not knowing what you’re going to find at the bottom. It will be full of Spanish galleons—I’ll just see all this gold scattered around.”
Salon columnist Mary Elizabeth Williams reminds us that our “bucket lists” don’t have to seem so out of reach. Here’s to PJ’s and gooey grilled cheese!
Feeling exhausted this holiday season? According to Marketwire, 55% of American women expect to spend between 1-5 hours per night on holiday-related tasks this month. Michael Breus, the “Sleep Doctor” and author of Beauty Sleep, offers some smart tips for getting some shut-eye. (Hint: steer clear of late-night egg nog.)
Congrats to Kathryn Stockett, Tate Taylor, and the cast of The Help! The Golden Globe nominations were announced early this morning and The Help grabbed 5 of them!
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
(2!) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Drama
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
“The Living Proof” - Mary J. Blige
John Lescroart is a busy guy. His 23rd book, The Hunter, is due out in January, but the writing life wasn’t always so easy for him. He wrote early in the morning or late at night, between other jobs, and wasn’t a full time writer until age 45. This profile in Publishers Weekly might inspire you to carve out some time to hone your craft, whatever it is.