Roz Reviews: ‘Tender Is the Brisket’

July 19, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Stacia Friedman, who has worked in the film industry, knows how to put a scene together, keep it moving, and keep the laughs coming. But her wit carries insight.

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A Summer Study in Fashion and Style

June 27, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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There’s no better time to catch up on the growing list of books you must get to than during the summer. than during the summer. This summer, we’re encouraging you to take a study break with iconic women of fashion and style. Here are our picks for Women of Style 101.

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Books: ‘Sympathetic People’—14 Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing

June 17, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Each of the very short stories in “Sympathetic People” is like a little jewel. In just a few pages, Baier Stein gives us a finely focused glimpse into an entire life. It was hard to put the book down, but I paced myself, savoring a single story each evening.

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Roz Reviews: “Now I See You”—Flipping the Finger at Fate

May 3, 2014 by Roz Warren

By Roz Warren

When you learn that your vision is seriously impaired and getting worse—take to the trapeze! What could possibly go wrong?

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“Feed the Good Wolf”: Dr. Ford Reviews Arianna Huffington’s ‘Thrive’

April 17, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Onward, upward, and inward” were the closing words of Huffington’s Smith commencement speech, and in this book she details the ways in which she learned to focus inward in order to restore balance in her life.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: A Woman Alone

April 3, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Making assumptions that we don’t automatically make about men, we often assume that the single woman is not single by choice: Something is amiss.

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Sheryl Sandberg Made Me Cry

March 7, 2014 by Susan Lieberman

By Susan Lieberman

An hour into reading “Lean In” on a plane trip home, I found myself crying. It hit me hard that I hadn’t leaned in, and instinctively I was aware that I hadn’t done so because I feared what it would do to my marriage.

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Books: Anna Quindlen’s ‘Still Life with Bread Crumbs’

March 1, 2014 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

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By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

In “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” we are in fantasyland, and my bet is that it will soon be turned into a Diane Keaton movie. I would call it a light, easy-to-read, summer-vacation book in which every wrinkle is too easily ironed out.

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SECOND ACT: Examining a Life—Reflections from Alice Walker’s Biographer

February 25, 2014 by Evelyn White

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Aretha Franklin has long bedazzled me. But after my journey [writing a biography of Alice Walker], I know that I’m ill suited to craft a biography of the Queen of Soul. Why? In my studied opinion, Franklin (her soul-baring vocals notwithstanding) is not predisposed to meaningful self-disclosure. And that’s her prerogative.

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Books: The World According to Nora Ephron

February 18, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Even if you‘re a long-time fan like me, there will be work in this new book that you’ve missed. I own all of Ephron’s books, but had never read her blog. I’d also missed a lot of her early reporting about politics and journalism for venues like “The New York Post” and “Esquire.”

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Fashion Friday: Style Begins at Home

January 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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To create an interior environment pleasing to anyone trapped inside by the Polar Vortex, consider these new and enticing books on style: rustic style (Quirky, Bohemian, Sophisticated, and more); Tom Scheerer’s restrained brand of chic; the Axel Vervoordt company’s aesthetic combining natural elements, antiques, and fine art; and Taschen’s unique style.

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Book Review: “Ties That Bind”—Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories

January 25, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

These storytellers are not accomplished writers. Many are uneducated. Yet their words are as interesting and compelling as anything you might find in a novel. As in all the StoryCorps interviews, there’s a candor and “truthiness” that humbles us, no matter how humble the storyteller’s situation.

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I Wrote a Novel in 18 Days. You Can, Too!

January 18, 2014 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

I learned that giving myself to a story for a few weeks was not only fun, but enlightening. Who needs to try memoir when a novel can serve the same purpose? Mine was all about me, in a way. I killed myself off and soon was resurrected in the twenty-something characters of my grandchildren. I loved traveling and escaping the forces of evil.

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Days of Their Lives: Louise Fili, Always Elegantissima

January 14, 2014 by Mariam Aldhahi

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By Mariam Aldhahi

By borrowing from the form of vintage Italian signs and advertisements, graphic designer Louise Fili maintains an elegant, classic feel that manages to ignite nostalgia in even the most devout modernist.

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Book Review: Lucy Lethbridge’s ‘Servants’ or Why We Love ‘Downtown Abbey’

December 26, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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Far from the warm picture depicted in Downton Abbey, relations between servants and masters were cool and distant. The former were not fully recognized as fellow sentient beings—their feelings were not considered and their employers generally carried on social (and even physical) functions as if the servants were not there.

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