The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart.
I never wanted Mary Poppins to be my nanny. I wanted to be her when I grew up.
As a journalist I'm comfortable doing library research, and I did a lot! I had a fellowship at Radcliff for a year which gave me access to the Harvard system.
I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.
Biblical names are hot again.
I have a 10-year track record of writing for the Jewish community.
Since 1985, I have written about contemporary Jewish practice and the Jewish community.
Shakespeare in Love... such smart writing of an alternative view of history, and such beautiful acting. Like most Americans, I'm a sucker for the accent.
I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.
November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community Centers all around the country have book fairs where they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.
My husband, Jim, converted to Judaism just before our wedding.
One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone. Though I know only a little Spanish, I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and see how the translator worked.
There's something almost adolescent about Whitman's paean to everything that was and remains good about America.
I lived through a classic publishing story. My editor was fired a month before the book came out. The editor who took it over already had a full plate. It was never advertised. We didn't get reviewed in any major outlets.
The real Mary Poppins got lost when Hollywood turned her into a cream puff.
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