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My choice: the ten best books of 2011

We have all had the experience of loving one book by an author, and finding the second just so-so.

In thinking about Thanksgiving

In thinking about Thanksgiving, I began to count the number of tropes associated with this most American of holidays.

Take a break

Writer's block? Swimmer's block? The author has experienced both, but now she's ready to writer, and swim, again.

What’s Next

In the words of Snoopy: arrghhh.

The taste of words, the words of taste

I woke up thinking of the nature of reading.

Only Haiku will do

I really admire poets.

Those who teach…

Once in a while I'm talked into doing something that really pushes me out of my comfort zone.


I started to write this column from a hotel in Santa Fe, N.

Phishing expedition

I was dragged into the modern world of intimate strangers when I signed on for a Facebook account.

Lost in translation

I had the most interesting email conversation with the woman who is doing the Brazilian Portuguese translation of "One Good Dog.

Classic undertaking

I'm not going to talk about New Year's resolutions again. That ship has sailed. I'm sure that by this time, three weeks into 2010, you've made and broken yours. I decided that as I...