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Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 10.35.42 AM.pngFor The Washington Post: “Learning From Our Mistakes” — Maybe humanity could save our future if we just paid a little attention to the lessons of our past. A new essay.


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In The New York Times: “Wishing Away the Wish List” — The desire to bring back the mystery in giving has a little something to do with the desire to be taken care of, or maybe even to be a child again.


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NEW cartoon! Need a pep talk? Follow @wildlifecoach on Instagram to get one from a Wildlife Life Coach. Giraffes, bats, turtles, pigs… they’re all here to help.


In the Washington Post: “Teaching Girls to Save Their Own Lives” — This essay has mermaids, Michelle Obama, and the book that changed one writer’s life forever.


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A Word on Words is back on Nashville Public Television! This one was a blast: chatting in the backyard with National Book Award-winning legend Louise Erdrich about her latest novel, LaRose.


Recent interviews: Colson Whitehead, Yaa Gyasi, Ann Patchett, Glennon MeltonLee Boudreaux, John Gregory Brown, Megan Abbott, Brad Watson, and more


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“This Shop’s Walls Can Talk (In 140 Characters)” There’s enough opportunity for mistaken identity on Twitter to populate a Shakespearean comedy, but it’s still fun. Here’s an essay about creating a bookstore’s voice, for the Washington Post.


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A little dark humor up on The Hairpin: The Life-Changing Magic of Spending Money — or, the secret to finding joy in frivolous purchases.


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“It’s Not the Celebrities We Mourn For” – Talking mortality and magical thinking in the opinion pages of The Los Angeles Times.


9780399173097MBestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert says: “Penguins with People Problems is a 100% delight.” Get your copy anywhere you buy books! (For autographed copies, order from indie bookstore Parnassus Books.)

And check out the penguins on BuzzFeed! Or in The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, BookPage, Glommable and more


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Festival season keeps rolling! Just finished: The Mississippi Book Festival, the Mid-South Book Festival, and the Southern Festival of Books!