Book Review: The Clasp, by Sloane Crosley

January 25th, 2016

I am probably a little too old to still relate to stories of reconnecting with high school or college friends after trying to find oneself independently. Or maybe we are never too old for those tales of first loves, unrequited loves and friendships based on envy and jealous and competition. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley is just such a tale: we are introduced friends from…

Third Grade Book Club

September 9th, 2015

We are three weeks into the new school year with my step-daughter now in third grade. I am a brand-new mom, just figuring out how the carpool lane works and getting up-to-speed on my third grade math schools for the nightly homework assignments. We have a lot of transition going on in our family right now and many nights it has felt like we are…

August Reading Recs

August 14th, 2015

On family vacations when everyone is outside doing something active -- hiking, walking the beach or even sightseeing -- I can usually be found sitting inside, curled up with a book. This has happened so often that the phrase "...or you can sit inside and read like Emily" has been added to the end of every option list of activities. [caption id="attachment_3641" align="aligncenter" width="640"] My…

Summer Reading Recommendations

July 6th, 2015

Are you looking for a fun summer read? Here are my five favorite light-read books from my 2015 library, so far. Big Little Lies: Set in Australia, a group of women become friends when their children attend school together. There is a mystery strung throughout but you have to wait until the twisty ending for the big reveal. The Knockoff: A Novel: A fashion magazines tries…

Book Review: Leave Your Mark

June 29th, 2015

This is a quick read, behind-the-scenes dish from the original DKNY PR GIRL on Twitter (@dkny) telling how she got her start, her secrets for success and her early leap into social media as a brand. I have enjoyed following DKNY PR GIRL for years (and been jealous of her adventures), but I never knew the story behind the handle. It was a fun read…

Book Review: Better and Faster

March 24th, 2015

I experienced Jeremy Gutsche at SXSW this year. I say experienced because he was a performer and I was pleased to have been on the first row of this performance. I walked straight from his session to the SXSW bookstore to purchase his Better and Faster book. I read it cover-to-cover in one day. Rather than espousing theory and principles for building businesses from ideas,…