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Second Chance at Love: How a New Man Turned a Writer’s Nightmare into A Dream Come True

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My whole life I dreamed of what it would feel like to fall in love. Listening to love songs and watching romantic movies as a teenager, I was excited to find my own love story. But the realities of my society slammed hard in my face. I was told that I had to chose someone that would be able to support me properly, someone who was from the same social class as me (or higher), and someone I could get along with. Whether we were in love or not, was immaterial. Over the years, I would look at people on the streets: I saw happy couples holding hands, hugging each other or even giving each other a peck on the…

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Danzy Senna’s ‘New People’ Explores Race, Identity and More

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I really enjoyed New People and was intrigued by who the description, “new people”, referred to. Maria and Khalil are a seemingly happy, engaged couple living in Brooklyn, both light skinned, mixed race. Khalil, a technology consultant, comes from a solid, intact family unit and is close with his parents and sister who is darker skinned than he is. Maria has no relatives; she was adopted by a black woman who was hoping to raise a “mini me” and has since passed away. She is spending her time writing her dissertation on Jamestown and busy learning about the mass suicides, how this could happen, and how those people kept going as long as they did. Maria’s previous boyfriend was white and…

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Tall Poppies Review: Brandi Megan Granett’s ‘Triple Love Score’

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Life is really a bunch of scrambled words—love, loss, joy, zest, quest (note to self: I possess the high-scoring j, z, and q tiles) and figuring out how they fit into our journey. In her page-turning love story Triple Love Score, Brandi Megan Granett introduces us to the smart and sexy Miranda, a complicated protagonist who is equally Old School and modern woman. In her late 20s, she teaches poetry by day, and by night she is secretly the social media sensation known as the “Blocked Poet”—whose visual poems about life, love, and special occasions are comprised of Scrabble tiles. And yes, Hallmark is jealous. In her heart, Miranda holds a burning candle for Scott, ‘The Boy Next Door,’ her…

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‘White Fur’: Is Love Really More Powerful Than Money?

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The more I think about this novel, the more I love White Fur by Jardine Libaire. It’s the 1980s and Elise, a school dropout and recently homeless young girl is living in New Haven with a friend she met on the street. Jamey is one of the white, privileged and wealthy guys in the apartment next door; the longtime buddies are students at Yale and everything material has been given to them on a silver platter. The unlikely attraction between Elise and Jamey is powerful, lustful and trepidatious on Jamey’s part, as Elise is from low-class, poor, unsophisticated stock, and although she has big love for her family and knows what she wants out of life, his fancy and pretentious family and…

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Author Fiona Davis Shares the Secrets to Her Writing Success

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Last year, author Fiona Davis published her wonderful debut, The Dollhouse, rich in history about the Barbizon Hotel in NYC. Keeping with iconic Manhattan landmarks, her fabulous new release, The Address is set in alternating timelines; in the late 1800s during the building of the Dakota, the architecturally stunning residence on the upper west side of Manhattan: Sara, a housekeeper at a fancy London hotel meets Theo, the talented NYC architect. He takes a job at the newly built Dakota, and craziness ensues. Their budding relationship remains hidden from his wife and children as they bond, it turns passionate and a crime is committed. In 1985, fresh out of rehab and penniless, designer Bailey, a descendant of the wealthy Dakota architect,…

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Love and Hardship Run Parallel for Andrea Jarrell in ‘I’m the One Who Got Away’

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When you look into your past, what do you see? For Andrea Jarrell, a tale as enlightening as it is melancholy, she sees a distraught past and a life caught between two parents. In I’m the One Who Got Away, Andrea recalls what life felt like when she watched her neighbor fall in love with a handsome young man named Craig – from meeting her at her home, to smiles seemingly from the heart. However, that all turns around when Andrea finds out the discouraging and frightening news that her next door neighbor’s relationship was not all that it seemed, and she was actually murdered by Craig. From there, Andrea is set into a whirlwind of emotions and memories of…

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Gail Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant’ is an Unexpected Treasure

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An unexpected treasure; this surprisingly touching story is about Eleanor Oliphant, an odd character with traits reminiscent of eccentric and lovable Don Tillman from The Rosie Project and maybe even oddball Ove from A Man Called Ove. In Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, unknown tragic beginnings have shaped Eleanor’s life of monotony, resulting in her being an outcast. Days have been peppered with bouts of depression and have lead to her acceptance of the most basic existence. Socially anxious and at times delusional, Eleanor’s inner struggle shows itself on the outside with an obvious clue; she has a scar on her face…often times the elephant in the room. Eleanor develops a casual friendship with Raymond, the slightly offensive IT guy at work,…

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Emily Cavanagh Found ‘Lucky You’ to be Dark and Captivating

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Lucky You by Erika Carter is a the kind of book you get lost in. This is rarely a good thing, in that the world she has created is not one most of us care to visit. However, it makes for an absorbing and captivating read. Ellie, Chloe and Rachel are three college friends (kind of—Ellie and Chloe don’t really like each other very much) who find themselves thrown together in a rambling house in the middle-of-nowhere-Arkansas. Rachel and her boyfriend of the moment are living in a house that belongs to his family while trying to live off the land and consume less. Rachel convinces Chloe and Ellie to come live in the house, and as both are drifting…

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ABC’s ‘American Housewife’ Writer Sarah Dunn Delivers Laughs in ‘The Arrangement’

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Suburban young couple, Lucy and Owen are looking to feel energized and happy in their relationship as well as bring back the butterflies, so their exciting but not so well thought-out solution was The Arrangement. An open marriage for six months; Break all the rules; Do what you want, with whomever you want. No discussing anything with each other. They wrote out a handful of rules and agreed to follow them. This could be just what they need, right? The freedom is refreshing — no trapped feelings; a reason to get dolled up and a feeling of less responsibility. So Owen gets caught up with Izzy, a crazy woman who’s husband cheated on her. She regularly seduces him and then asks…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Farnoosh Torabi, who talks female breadwinners, life balancing

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“Farnoosh’s ground-breaking book will save more relationships than couples counseling ever could.” —Barbara Stanny, author of Secrets of Six-Figure Women Today, a record number of women are their household’s top-earner. But if you’re that woman, you face a much higher risk of burnout, infidelity, and divorce. In this important and timely book, personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi candidly addresses how income imbalances affect relationships and family dynamics, and presents a bold strategy to achieving happiness at work and home. Torabi’s ten essential rules include:  •  Buy Yourself a Wife: Outsource as many household tasks as possible to bring more peace and happiness to both your lives •  Don’t Assume a Mr. Mom is Best: The math might say he should quit…

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