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Lori Morrison’s Memoir Leads Her on a Journey of Book Tours and Pups

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I can get real comfortable sitting in front of my computer day after day, trying to manage the literary empire that I am in the process of creating. Social media, email lists, Amazon rankings, Facebook posts, tweets – every day I show up to play in a virtual market evolving on my screen. With the launch of my memoir, I decided it was time to get out from behind my desk and go out in the world. I planned a summer road trip. I packed up the car with five cases of my newly printed memoir The Disintegration of My Ordinary Reality, a snazzy summer wardrobe, a cooler to hold the ingredients to maintain my healthy diet, a good supply…

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Coming of age on the road to rapture

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It’s hard to convince a thirty-something woman to willingly revisit the teenage experience, even another girl’s story and especially with the added complexity of today’s technology. A thirty-something woman knows too well what awaits her in those pages—self-doubt, self-wonder, and lack of foresight to start; the fine balance between limitless possibility and assured impossibility; the question of sexual attractiveness; smart phones. (Thank goodness those weren’t an option in 1996.) But despite whatever implications a coming-of-age story might suggest, veteran short story writer Mary Miller has managed to portray hers in a way that is pleasantly prickly and not at all expected, in this thirty-something’s opinion. In her debut novel, The Last Days of California (Norton/Liveright, January), Miller delivers a succinct, page-turning…

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