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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: H Is For Hawk

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, published 2014. Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize and 2014 Costa Book of the Year. Shortlisted for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. An exquisitely-written literary meditation. A wholly enrapturing memoir of the year following the unexpected death of Macdonald’s father, Alisdair Macdonald, a …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: The Underwater Healer

Erena Shimoda is an underwater healer and portrait photographer.  She travels the world to work with cancer patients, helping them to improve their self-esteem and heal their mind and body. There’s magic in being underwater and Erena hopes the experience to be a transformation, allowing them to feel their beauty and heal emotional scars. Beautiful concept. She …

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Have A Cool Mona Type Of Conversation (Without Mentioning His Exes)

There seems to be a communications issue between me and hubby’s tennis club, neighbors, ex-colleagues, esteemed board members of the ballet. And so I thought I would put things to rest. Apparently you are confused as to what you should converse with me about at parties, openings, summer picnics and lovely holiday parties for the …