I loved being single. But I didn’t know it at the time. During the ten years between serious relationships (aka my thirties), I thought I wanted a boyfriend. I yearned for a partner in crime, a sexy love interest, a soul mate. When I took the brave and valuable risk of loving and the love didn’t turn into a committed monogamous relationship, the sole lesson to learn was: “He’s just not that into you.” I didn’t buy it; I still don’t. I believe that the purpose of love is to transform us, to help us become more patient and more generous, and ultimately to bring us closer to our most authentic selves.
Working on this book was a unique and challenging experience. As a journalist covering the Middle East, I have reported on many difficult situations. In Iraq, I have interviewed widows of men killed by death squads. In Iran, I have met female dissidents locked up in jail, in solitary confinement for several months. In Afghanistan, I have shared tales of female students who stopped going to school after it was attacked by presumed terrorists. But interviewing and listening to Nujood was the most challenging project.
I was astonished to learn not only that there is wine being made in Missouri, but that Missouri was the epicenter of American wine more than a century ago — the Napa Valley of the 19th century, with more than a hundred wineries. It was a groundbreaking moment, for sure. The Norton’s success — it was pronounced one of the great red wines of the world at a world’s fair in Vienna, and won another big medal five years later, in Paris — occurred in the 1870s.
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Madison Mandelbaum has a loving—though totally neurotic—family, and two fabulous girlfriends, and best of all, she’s head-over-heels in love with Colin Darcy, an investigative reporter for NBC, a distant relation to the Queen, and—most importantly—Maddie’s fiancé. With one week to go before the wedding, Maddie receives an anonymous email that suggests that her fiancé may not be the man she thinks he is. As sinister phone calls, text messages, and disturbing clues turn up, all linking Colin to the murder of a sexy call girl, Maddie realizes that she must get to the bottom of this. Fast.
[V]ery interesting….Nujood was thrown into a very adult situation at a very young age….All she wanted was to be a kid.
If you are looking for a beautiful book to lose yourself in, this is the way to go. Will be reading more by this author.
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