I’m on the Book Lady’s Blog!

It’s so much fun to go visiting on other people’s blogs. They keep them so nice and tidy and up-to-date, unlike mine which tends to gather dust bunnies while I write a new book and can’t think of anything interesting to say.

I’ve always loved the Bare Necessities column that Rebecca Joines Schinsky posts on her wonderful site, The Book Lady’s Blog–and when she and I emailed earlier this week and she invited me to submit a list of books I was influenced by while I was writing The Stuff That Never Happened, I was delighted.

But which books to mention? I’m always impressed when other people can bring in titles like War and Peace and Ulysses to explain their penchant for–oh, I don’t know–watching South Park reruns, but I didn’t have time to go reread a bunch of classics just so I’d look smart. (I’m not that smart, especially in the summer.) Let’s just say that Vanity Fair was off the table. Instead, I picked genuinely lovely contemporary books that I have adored, books that made me laugh and made me think as they explored the fascinating ins and outs of unhappy marriages and the secrets that are often at the heart of them.

I hope you’ll go and see Rebecca’s wonderful blog and settle there and read other people’s fantastic lists of the books they love and why they love them…and then, of course, I hope you’ll want to read The Stuff That Never Happened, which just happens to be coming out in paperback on Aug. 2nd!

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4 Responses to I’m on the Book Lady’s Blog!

  1. Caryn July 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I love when authors admit to being influenced by REAL books. Not that classics aren’t real, but I have trouble believing that that’s their real, whole, unedited list. Ever read The Week newsmagazine? Every week they pick an author and have them say which books are their favorites. They always, always choose the classics or dense contemporaries, which is fine, but you can’t tell me that not a single one of them secretly loves any sexy historical romance novels or race-against-time thrillers. They do. They just won’t admit it. What I like to see are authors’ guilty pleasures, not the books they put on their living room bookshelves for company to browse through and say, “Wow! They’re really smart!”

  2. Barb November 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Hi Maddie, I came to check if you finished the new novel. NO pressure, of course… Hope your fall is going well, and you’re busy writing. Already snow here in CO – soon we’ll be skiing. Keep writing! Barb

  3. Arlie Shenkel December 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

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  4. Jemmie James December 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    The Bare Necessities column caught my eye as I was flicking thru google. I came across a really funny book last month that had a terrifically humorous and bizarre chapter called The Bare Necessities which made me laugh aloud 🙂 It’s in ‘Instant Whips & Dream Topping’ by Jacky Donovan and was about her life as a dominatrix. Don’t be out off – was NOTHIN like 50 Shades. It was clever and witty and peculiar (and sexually raunchy) and startling and mind provoking all at once. Loved it. Got my hubby reading it now. Bedtimes won’t be the same again 🙂

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