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Recipes and Tips from Giada’s Feel Good Food

Giada De Laurentiis fans, we have a treat for you! Downloadable recipes and tips from Giada’s newest book.

The recipes here make our mouth water! You’ll get everything you need to make Giada’s Strawberry-Mint Omelet; Turkey, Kale, and Brown Rice Soup; Sole with Lemon-Basil Pesto; and Spiced Pumpkin Raisin Cookies. They’re all delicious, easy recipes.

Giada also reveals her own Make-up Basics and shares smart tips for working moms like herself. Doable and inspiring!

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Celebrate National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month – or Nanowrimo to the initiated – is the annual writing challenge where participants pledge to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.

“I’ve participated in Nanowrimo four times and won twice, but more important is what it’s taught me about myself as a writer,” says Kaite Welsh. “Early on in my Nano career, the timed writing sprints that, thanks to my deeply competitive nature, forced me to write when it was the last thing in the world I wanted to do. Knowing that if I persevere, I can write the bulk of a novel in a month means that all my previous excuses are null and void.”

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How I Learned To Do a Book Signing and Not Fear Public Shaming

After I recovered from the shock of being asked to do something so cool, I was immediately overcome by nerves.

“Book readings are relatively standard,” says Emily Ansara Baines, “the writer reads to a crowd, then they sign their books. I have many signed copies of novels, mostly with a scribbled phrase—’Thanks for reading!’ or ‘Enjoy!’ and the author’s name. I always said that if I did a signing, I’d write more than some standard phrase. Of course, this necessitated actually having people who wanted to read my books.”

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Bibliotherapy – What’s on Your List?

Do you require Bronte to reboot your broken heart, Austen to curb your arrogance, or Hemingway for your headache?

“Though bibliotherapy isn’t new (its origins can be traced back to the ancient Greeks),” writes Nicole Sprinkle, “it’s recently getting a lot of press. Bibliotherapy is using the written word as a type of therapy to help patients with psychological disorders such as depression.

I did a little recon and asked friends and family what books they’ve looked to for tough times in their life, be it a breakup, getting out of a rut or looking to make a life change.”

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“Our Growing Friendship Gave Us Permission to Laugh” Says Author of Saturday Night Widows

I can’t tell you what a relief it was to feel free of limiting expectations, to breathe.

“I had no idea then just how intimate our relationship would become,” admits author Becky Aikman.

“We covered it all: how painful and lonely were our darkest moments? What was it like to kiss a man for the first time who was not a husband? What about sex? I recorded everything to make sure the book was accurate, and it was easy to forget that the tape recorder was running …. [It] turns out they all felt as strongly as I did that we might add to people’s understanding if we held nothing back. So we didn’t.”

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“Now We Make You Ugly, My Mother Said”

What a first line! Prayers for the Stolen is a hauntingly beautiful story of love and survival.

Ladydi Garcia Martinez was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In their village in the remote tropical mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, she and her friends are dressed as boys and “made ugly” by their mothers, to protect them from the roving drug traffickers and criminal groups that plague the region.

Dive into our sneak peek of this stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war and be among the first to read Prayers for the Stolen. It’s an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.

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Novelist Shocked to Learn “Hundreds of Women Fought in the Civil War”

When I discovered her letters, I just couldn’t believe I’d never heard of her!

“The inspiration for I Shall Be Near to You was the Civil War letters that Rosetta Wakeman wrote home to her family while she was serving as a private in the Union Army,” shares author Erin Lindsay McCabe.

“Then when I learned that hundreds of women fought in the Civil War, I was even more shocked.”

Dive into the read in our sneak peek and be among the first to read I Shall Be Near to You!

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Top 20 Reasons to Read

“Why do you read?” we asked. So many of you responded!

‘Escape’ and ‘relaxation’ were far and away the most popular answers. But there were lyrical responses, too, like this one from Jane S.: “To become part of a community. To be surprised, delighted, hooked. To laugh and cry. To find new words. To remove myself from my surroundings. To meet new people.”

And responses that made us laugh, like this one from Michael E.: “Because it’s more effective than therapy and cheaper than anti-depressants.”