On the eve of the Boston Tea Party, Sally has a hard choice to make.

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The Further Tale of Peter RabbitThe Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Really disappointing. I thought if anyone could channel Beatrix Potter, it would be Emma Thompson--I love her as an actor. But this story seemed wordy and coy, devoid of Potter's magical appeal to children. I was hoping to give this book to my 3-year-old grandson, but no.

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My dog, Brady, and Santa

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My current wallpaper

Cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. I love looking at this scene when I turn my computer on! It makes my office feel like a place where wonderful stories live.

Writing is easy, heh-heh

On a Writer's Mind

Ghost Road, Betsy Sterman

June 24, 2014

Tags: American history, slavery, Underground Railroad, time travel, adventure

Two eleven-year-old friends, Jason and Chazz, are yanked out of their present-day lives and into the nineteenth century by the pleas of a ghost. The troubled spirit turns out to be a boy their age, Jem, a runaway slave from Tennessee. Jem traveled the Underground Railroad, Jason and Chazz discover, only to meet a (more…)

Highly entertaining humiliations of the writer's life

June 4, 2014

Tags: The writing life, book signings, Roger Rosenblatt

I loved Roger Rosenblatt's essay in the May 25, 2014 New York Times Book Review, “Please Turn to the Chapter on Obscurity”. His misadventures reminded me of the time when my first YA biography, Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer, came out. The local Barnes & Noble invited me for a book signing, (more…)

Friends of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party

October 17, 2013

Tags: friendship, Boston Tea Party, historical fiction, family, American Revolution, values

Important historical moments can really interfere with your life.

Take the Boston Tea Party, a huge tipping point in American history. If things had happened just a little differently, those pesky chests of tea would have been quietly unloaded and sold, tax included. King George III and the British Parliament would have seen the light (more…)

Review of Reading Like a Writer

July 16, 2013

Tags: How to write, literary fiction appreciation, Francine Prose

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write ThemReading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose

As I read Prose's passionate appreciation of good fiction--classics and contemporary--I found myself continually inspired to work harder, write better. (more…)

Review of Quiet

July 16, 2013

Tags: Introverts, American culture

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

An extremely thorough examination of the introvert/extrovert divide, especially in relation to our pro-extrovert culture. (more…)

Miriam e-book

May 30, 2013

Tags: Ancient Egypt, e-books, YA fiction, coming-of-age novel

I'm thrilled to announce the re-publication of my YA novel Miriam! Now you can read it on a Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, PC, or just about any digital format.

John McPhee on writer's block

May 6, 2013

Tags: writing technique, writing problems, John McPhee

For inspiration, fascinating insight into how a master wordsmith works, and sheer delight, check out "The Writing Life: Draft #4" in the April 29 New Yorker:
I have to say I don't really agree with him about using a thesaurus (he's agin it), though.

I’ve been Nooked.

December 28, 2012

Tags: Nook, e-reader

"Nooked" is different from "nuked," but unnerving in its own way. First my husband gave me a Nook Tablet for Christmas. Then my daughter Katie kindly set up my B&N account, connected my email to the Nook, showed me how to download library e-books, and even made me a Nook "friend" so that (more…)

No words can express . . .

December 17, 2012

Tags: Newton CT

My sorrow for all the innocent lives lost in Friday's tragedy, and my deep sympathy for the bereaved families and friends.

FAQ of the month

December 5, 2012

Tags: election 2012, Romney, Obama, presidential bios

"Did you write a biography of Mitt Romney?" People ask me this because during the campaign of 2008, I wrote one bio of Barack Obama and one of John McCain. And during the campaign of 2000, I wrote one bio of Al Gore and one of George W. Bush. But this year, Simon & Schuster (my publisher) only (more…)

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