It was February 2013. I'd been freelance book editing since losing my magazine job—on a day christened “Bloody Wednesday” in New York publishing—just before Christmas in 2008. Freelancing is a feast-or-famine deal, and I'd had close to a month of famine when a little voice in my head whispered, “It's time. Pull Mom's manuscript out of the closet.”Continue Reading
F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic Jazz Age novel The Great Gatsby celebrates its 90th anniversary on April 10. It may be nearly a century old, but the tale of a man who's desperate to make something of himself to win the woman he's always loved still resonates today. Jay Gatsby, the mysterious millionaire, and the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, remain fascinating to readers of all generations—witness the recent dizzyingly visual film adaptation from Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Wouldn't we all love to live like Rockefellers and throw parties every day?Continue Reading
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