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By the age of 25, Claire Bidwell Smith had lost both of her parents to cancer. In her recently published memoir, THE RULES OF INHERITANCE, Bidwell Smith shares her harrowing experiences, breaking the book down into the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Below she outlines her step-by-step process for how and why she chose to do this. 
In THE LAND OF DECORATION, 10-year-old Judith McPherson is persecuted at school for her beliefs and struggling with her distant, devout father at home, but finds solace and connection in a model in miniature of the Promised Land that she has constructed in her room from collected discarded scraps. Author Grace McCleen recently took some time out of her schedule to share her methods of creation with us.
April 17, 2012

Why 30 is Not the New 20

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Dr. Meg Jay, a therapist for twentysomethings, and author of THE DEFINING DECADE --- on-sale today --- tells us why your 20s matter and how tomake the most of them now
April 16, 2012

Men are also from Venus

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Devan Sipher has been writing about weddings for The New York Times’ "Vows" column for more than five years. He received a master of fine arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He lives in New York City, and is still single. Here he talks about the inspiration for his new novel, The Wedding Beat, which follows Gavin Greene, a hopeless romantic --- and lonely, single guy --- who writes the wedding column in a popular newspaper.
Author, actress and acting coach Jane Marla Robbins is a triple-threat, and in her book ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR EVERYDAY LIFE she shares advice that can help young people no matter what your life goals are. Whether you're looking to be the next big star, preparing to leave for college or moving to a new city on your own, Jane's advice can help you find your footing and thrive when faced with challenges.
Jamie Ford, author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, recently answered our 20 Questions, and shared some of his favorite things --- including a note from a reader saying how much they loved his novel, MOTEL ON THE CORNER OF SWEET AND SOUR.
March 23, 2012

Part II: Erin Duffy, author of BOND GIRL

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Erin Duffy, author of BOND GIRL, recently answered our 20 Questions: A Day in the Life of..., which you can read here. Now, she's back to answer some of your burning questions about her reading habits and her favorite book discovery of the last year.
Along with millions of crazed preteen fans, I was lucky enough to be among the first viewers of The Hunger Games at the midnight opening last night. When my girlfriend and I arrived at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater at 9:30 pm, the line was already stretched the length of 3 full blocks. The vibe in the crowd was amazing --- very teenage-girl heavy, but my favorite costume was a grown man wearing a braided wig, carrying a bow and arrow, and running up and down along the line posing with it. There were also a number of brunette braids, homemade “Team Peeta” and “Team Gale” tee-shirts, a handful of imaginative Capitol outfits, and a multitude of Mockingjay symbols in the form of shirts, pins, and stick-on tattoos.
March 22, 2012

Lisa Gardner on Writing

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  Lisa Gardner --- whose most recent thriller CATCH ME is now on sale --- knows what it takes to be a writer. So what is the best and worst part of being a writer? And what would she be doing if she wasn't writing? Read on to find out!
With just ONE DAY left until the Hunger Games movie release (who’s going at midnight??), I’ve been thinking a lot about how the book will translate to the screen. In almost any movie adaptation, there are inevitably changes from the original book. But since the Hunger Games’ fan base is such an impassioned one, I’m guessing Lionsgate hasn’t taken too many liberties --- otherwise they may have an angry army of fans threatening to overthrow them!