Happy Thanksgiving: My Favorite Immigrant Stories

middlesex-a-novel-oprahs-book-clubGratitude is part of my daily routine, but on Thanksgiving and this year, on a Thanksgiving that coincides with Hanukkah, I’m especially grateful for my family history. Several generations back, my ancestors left lives and livelihoods behind for a better deal in America. I’m grateful for that, because between the cossacks’ pogroms and Hitler, who knows if I’d even be around to write these words?

Perhaps that’s why I find immigrant stories so compelling. Here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading


Book Tour Winners!

VBT_SlidingPastVertical_BannerRandy (Random Number Generator) and I have just chosen the winners from each stop on my recent virtual blog tour for Sliding Past Vertical. One commenter from each participating blog wins a copy of Drawing Breath; the overall winner from all the commenters wins a $30 Amazon gift card, just in time for holiday shopping.

Here are the e-book winners:

Rich Meyer
Andra Lyn
Nurmawati Djuhawan
Eva Millien
Rita Wray
Chelsea B.

And…drumroll, please…the winner of the $30 Amazon gift card is…

Mary Preston

Congratulations to our winners! Thank you to everyone for stopping by during the tour and thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions for throwing the party. They make the best margaritas… 😀

A Room of One’s Own

Closed-Door-Gate-Sign-S-0969Fifteen years ago this month, my husband and I moved out of the tiny apartment we’d overgrown and into our own house. I hesitate to write that we’d “taken possession” of it, because technically it’s the bank’s house and they’ve been generous enough to let us live here. What excited me most about home ownership? Not that we’d finally have room for all of our stuff. Not that I could go crazy landscaping or putting up an herb garden. Not that we had the ability to knock out walls, which we haven’t, or paint them in colors not synonymous with “off white,” which we have.

No. Continue reading