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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Door

The Door by Magda Szabo, one of Hungary’s most important 20th-­century writers. This novel has quite the history: The Door, Szabo’s best-known novel, was originally published in Hungary in 1987, translated from the Hungarian into English in 1995 and again in 2005 for British publication. The British translation won the 2006 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Muralist

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, published 2015. Talk about timing. An important look at two world-changing topics: the refugees of pre-war WWII trying to enter the United States and the budding American school of Abstract Expressionism. A strange combination, you’re thinking, but not so according to the beautiful piece of historical fiction B.A. Shapiro paints. …

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The Cool Mona Community: Carlena From Houston

Hello Mona, I am enjoying your blog and felt the need to write. I recently relocated to Houston from my home in Connecticut to help out my mother. She has been ill for about a year and just couldn’t make it on her own any more. Care taking deserves some applause (not necessarily for me) …

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5 Ways To Survive Your Next Family Gathering (Part 2)

That wonderful Martha Beck has some sanity-saving strategies to pull you through not-so-silent nights and days with the family. Martha compares the Uncle Remus story of tar baby, when Brer Rabbit picks a fight with a lifelike doll made out of tar and turpentine. The tar baby is so gluey that when the rabbit punches it, …

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Why Is Happiness So Hard? 10 Reasons, 10 Solutions (Part 2)

Catch up on the first 5 reasons and solutions: http://www.coolmona.com/why-is-happiness-so-hard-10-reasons-10-solutions/ 6. Comparison Do you ever troll Instagram  and think, Wow, if only my life was like Rita’s, then I’d really be happy? We are bombarded with reminders that our better self is waiting in the wings. The thing is, we’re viewing edited reality. Case in point: …