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Cool Mona’s Top 5 Reads Of 2015

I can’t quit talking about them. I wonder how the author developed such concepts and characters. I bring them up in random conversations. I won’t forget them. Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman, 2015 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, 2014 The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, 2010. Fates And Furies by Lauren …

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10 Unexpected Gifts To Give And Receive This Christmas (Part 2)

Allison Vesterfelt caught my attention sometime last year and she really caught it with this beautiful article on gifts. And so I pass it along, a gift to you from Allison and me… There is going to be a lot of gift-giving this Christmas and it’s always good to remember the gifts we don’t even have to …

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10 Unexpected Gifts To Give And Receive This Christmas

Allison Vesterfelt caught my attention sometime last year and she really caught it with this beautiful article on gifts. And so I pass it along, a gift to you from Allison and me…   There is going to be a lot of gift-giving this Christmas and it’s always good to remember the gifts we don’t even have …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Harlem’s Street Art Celebrates Climate-Threatened Birds

I lift my morning margarita to those who creatively message about climate change. In October 2014, just weeks after the release of the Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report, a gallery owner and artist approached the Audubon Society with an audacious and unconventional idea for spreading the word about the plight of birds: Street art. Murals. Murals of climate-threatened birds. Avi …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: Purity

Purity by Jonathan Franzen, published September, 2015 and listed on The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015. The book is about storylines that could have been. Storylines that were dropped too soon, undeveloped. But Franzen did create some really vivid characters and several textured stories showing an interest in and understanding of the …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: Fates And Furies (Short Listed For The National Book Award)

Fates And Furies by Lauren Groff, published 2015. National Book Award finalist and NPR’s Book Club Pick. A story about 2 perspectives of the same marriage – Lotto (loving husband, actor, playwright) and Mathilde (grateful wife, good-looking, survivor), an electric partnership of 24 years taking place in contemporary New York and Connecticut. 2 sides to …