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Mercedes Reiner

Mercedes Reiner has 22 articles published.

Mercedes Reiner is not related to the luxury vehicle. She enjoys long walks with her American Eskimo Kobe, Australian fashion, James Patterson novels and a variety of music- especially Mother Monster. If she's not busy traveling to music festivals or brunching in the city she's working on a DIY project in her loft.

Review: Fall in Love with Emma Donoghue’s ‘The Wonder’

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“Lib wrote down, 1:13 p.m., 1 tsp. water. Not that quantity mattered, she supposed, except that she wanted to be able to give a full account of anything the child ingested on her watch.” For fans of historic classics such as The Kite Runner and Angela’s Ashes, The Wonder (Little, Brown & Company, September 20, 2016) will have you on a suspicious journey of religion and ethics. Warning: You may want to add this book to the top of your reading list. To say Emma Donoghue has a way with words is an understatement. For those who have read her heart-stopping novel, Room, you understand exactly what I’m talking about. The way Donoghue captures the voice of 5-year-old Jack is reflected perfectly in…

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Too Many Secrets and Lies! Books that Transport You to Creepy Small-Town America

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On March 1, 2015 ABC introduced us to Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) and his quaint neighborhood. What started off as any other morning in small-town America certainly turned into a rabbit hole of dark twists and turns when the body of a 5-year-old boy, Tom Murphy, appears in the rainy woods. If you are looking for your next show to bingewatch, Secrets & Lies should be in your queue. Each episode takes you inside cookie-cutter homes with more drama than a Real Housewives reunion. I personally watched this show from start to finish in a matter of two days, which concerned my boyfriend considering all of my focus was finding who the cold-blooded killer was. Finally, when I reached the last episode and everything came…

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Horrifying Reads to Get You Ready for American Horror Story Season 6

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It’s no secret around the office that I’m a huge fan of FX’s American Horror Story (AHS). I even had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking around the set of “Coven: Season 3”, meeting the writers and watching the actors film for six hours. Anyways, enough about me. As we all know, fall means Halloween time fun, which correlates to loving everything that is scary, especially a new season of AHS. From a depressing group of ghosts to an insane clown and most recently a group of hungry vampire children, writer Ryan Murphy is certainly not afraid to push the boundaries of television. But this year the AHS marketing team seems to be taking a different route. First of all, season 6 is starting a month earlier…

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Book Frenemies! The Best of the Worst Literary Girlfriends

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Whether you’re painting your nails, sweating to death in spin class or bingewatching Stranger Things together, your best girlfriend has your back. Hopefully, she also doesn’t stab you in your back — but, hey, we can’t all be perfect, right? And neither can literary girlfriends. At the end of the day we all want that special friend to gossip with over a bottle of wine and tell our deepest, darkest secrets to. Check out these literary girlfriends who we think are just the best… well, the ones who are the best at being the worst (Who are we kidding, we’d still go out on double dates with them). Gossip Girl: The Complete Collection by Cecily von Ziegesar (Poppy, 2003) I remember my parents dropping me…

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Woof Woof: Books to Get you Excited Because It’s National Dog Day!

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Calling all dog lovers! Today is National Dog Day! So grab your four-legged friend(s), their favorite tennis ball and visit your local dog park. And while you’re sitting on the park bench watching your fur-baby frolic with their buddies, pick up one of these dog-themed books! (Slobber not included.)   Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel (Little, Brown & Company, 2012) For anyone who has ever brought their pooch in a pool or a lake, you know the sight of a dog swimming is priceless, whether they know how to do it or not. But what does it look like when they dive down to the depths to reach their favorite ball? That’s a sight not all of us get to witness.…

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LISTEN: For All of the Readers and Writers Who Love Their Craft, We Welcome Gabriela Pereira’s DIY MFA Podcast!

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Whether you’re a reader or a writer, a teacher or a student, a librarian or a publisher, DIY MFA is the perfect outlet to improve both your reading and writing techniques. Broken down into one simple formula, DIY MFA believes: “Writing + Reading + Community = MFA (Master of Fine Arts).” This do-it-yourself community provides tools, tips and insight into the world of writing, because as we all know, there is always room for improvement. This insanely helpful and well done podcast covers a range of topics from “Developing themes” to “What happens if your book doesn’t sell” to “Lessons from bestsellers” and even simply “Finding time to read.” When you feel like you’ve hit a lull in your writing career or…

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Talking Georgia Clark’s ‘The Regulars’: What’s So Bad about Being…Regular?

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Let’s face it, being a girl is hard. Deciding what to wear and then if that clothing fits your apple or pear body shape is not always enjoyable. Answering the question: do I have too much makeup on or not enough, is typically a rhetorical question, because is there ever really an answer? The list goes on and on. In a world where we are told to “just be ourselves,” there sure seems to be a lot of pressure on us ladies, from the “pretty” Snapchat filter to our Instagram news feeds filled with selfies of contouring celebrities, it’s no wonder where Georgia Clark found her inspiration for her latest witty and sexy novel, The Regulars (Emily Bestler Books, August 2, 2016). In Clark’s debut in adult fiction, Evie,…

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Unique Adult Coloring Books to Keep You Busy on #NationalColoringBookDay

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Adult coloring books are everywhere, it’s seriously the new craze and no longer just for kids! Whether you want to color in or out of the lines is now a decision that people of all ages are making. Let’s face it, life can be hectic for us adults and sometimes you just need some quiet time to settle down and relax. So grab a pencil sharpener, and hey, even a glass of wine, and get coloring because August 2 is National Coloring Book Day! We’ve even got four unique coloring books that you won’t have to share with your kids: Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book, Sasha O’Hara (CreateSpace, January 2016) This title is pretty self explanatory. When you’re feeling…

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Book Cravings: Read the Next ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Girl on the Train’!

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I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to say this: The Trap by debut thriller author, Melanie Raabe, is the next book to follow the likes of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train. This anxious novel brings you into the dark world of Linda Conrads, a bestselling author who has locked herself inside her house (and mind) for the past 11 years. Accident or fate, Conrads catches a glimpse of the grey eyes of the man, who has both killed her sister and left her riddled with anxiety, while watching TV. This sets her down a path leading to a whirlwind of detective work, all while writing her next novel, not a romance this time but a…

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Dog Days of Summer: Books for Those Who Love Man’s Best Friend

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They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption…

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Weddiquette: These 4 Books Will Get You Through the Never-Ending Wedding Season!

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The summer wedding season is upon us, which means your mailbox is overloaded with shower, bachelorette and wedding invitations. Lucky you, you’ve received yet another golden, silk envelope with a monogram to celebrate the next chapter of your best friend’s life. Sure, you’re filled with excitement and just like every other time, you immediately start planning your outfit, the bachelorette party, and of course, finding the perfect date. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s so much involved in the planning that you don’t get to just sit back and enjoy the wedding prep. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. Just try to remember that friend of yours last summer who went to eight weddings in one season; if she could do it then you can…

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Rich and Pretty: A Socialite’s Summer Reading List

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Once summer rolls around all I daydream about is strolling down the bustling Manhattan streets in my favorite summer dress, with the perfect pair of wedges and a bright clutch to finish off the perfect ensemble. Once I have the look, then I obviously need somewhere to show it off! In my daydream I’m making stops at trendy rooftop bars, picking between the tropical 230 Fifth next to the Empire State Building or Hotel Chantelle down on the Lower East Side. Hey, I may have read too many Gossip Girl books in my life, but a girl can dream! Truthfully though, the array of rooftop bars is unlimited in the Big Apple and trying to find the time to hit them all can be a bit overwhelming. So for every daydreamer out there…

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Just Keep Swimming: 4 Books to Read After You Finally See Finding Dory!

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P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney has been ingrained in my brain thanks to the hilarious Dory. Thirteen years ago, Disney-Pixar introduced a film that touched the hearts of all ages and we’ve been (im)patiently waiting since then to see our favorite characters of Finding Nemo back on the big screen. Well, the wait is over because on June 17, we will be onto the next adventure with Marlin, Dory and Co. in Finding Dory (We’re wishing her the best of luck considering that pesky annoyance of having no short-term memory!), with the familiar bickering voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks leading the way. We know that you’ve already bought your ticket to go see Finding Dory on Friday and that you’ve…

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6 Gardening Books to Keep That Green Thumb Busy This Summer — AND a Sprout World Giveaway!

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I love my vegetables and with the summer weather finally here in Connecticut I can put my (aka my boyfriend’s) green thumb to use. He’s the planter and I’m the eater. But trying to figure out what vegetables to grow in your garden can be tricky. We love all things eco-friendly in our household, whether that means riding our bikes or applying the three R’s to our everyday routines, (reduce, reuse and recycle). So having our very own deck full of fruits, vegetables and flowers has certainly reinforced this particular lifestyle. Maybe you haven’t always had the best of luck in the garden, though. That’s where we come in. With these these six gardening books, you too can turn your texting thumb…

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A May Playlist: Music To Make You Happy!

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The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and it’s finally time to put away those black pants and break out the colorful skirts (or shorts)! I don’t know about you, but once the time has come that I can open up my sunroof, I also need to have the perfect music to sing along to while the sun shines down into my car. There really is no better feeling. Whether you’re spring cleaning that dusty book shelf of yours, hiking the Appalachian Trail or simply relaxing in the warm sun with a good book, these songs will make you happy and get you in the springtime spirit.

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