If Anne Lamott Were My Godmother


In the parallel universe where there exists a Catholic me with a godmother, I call Anne Lamott. Whenever I finish an Anne Lamott book, I feel like our tin-can telephone string has just been pulled taut again, and our houses, never more than yards apart, are somehow dually warmed, root to rafter, by just our […]

January 18, 2015

Last Call for Summer Reading!

The Little Literati

In June I challenged readers to take part in The Little Literati Summer Reading Challenge, and I was overwhelmed by the response. From Jacksonville, Florida, to Missoula, Montana, Little Literati picked their books and started off on their separate reading adventures! My littles were included in this challenge (although they’ll be going prizeless; my being […]

July 25, 2014

The Little Literati Summer Reading Challenge

The Little Literati

Get your readers ready! The Little Literati in my house are challenging The Little Literati in your house to some summer reading with a scavenger-hunt twist! Find and read ten books that fit the descriptions below, and keep track of your progress. When you complete the challenge, email your name, mailing address, and list of […]

June 13, 2014

Meeting Anna Banks

The Little Literati

            Thanks to our dear friend Autumn and the magic of social media, Daina and I learned that one of her all-time favorite authors, Anna Banks, was at Books-a-Million, ten short minutes away, signing books tonight. Anna Banks’ Of Poseidon series is one of Daina’s obsessions, so we had to scoot […]

May 12, 2014

How I Balance Books and Babies


    While I pored over the second galley proof of the literary magazine I edit with one of my nearest and dearest colleague-friends and a too-strong cup of caramel coffee, I received the following text from my husband: “Evangeline just took her first step!” He and our three kids had been at Grammy’s house […]

March 17, 2014

Education and the Cost of Being Weird


             So the word on the street is that the Prices are a little weird. Perhaps folks have always thought that about us—certainly, they’ve always thought it about me, and they should; I am a little weird. But when they started saying it about my family, I wasn’t quite sure […]

February 25, 2014

The Cost of Being Bookish


According to the Facebook fish flow, I am supposed to write an assigned number of true things about myself and be thankful for a unique thing each day of the month.  Me: Daina, how many?  Daina: How many what? Kids? How many animals?  Me: Just a number. Daina: Okay, fifty chickens. Me: What? That’s too […]

November 19, 2013

The Care and Keeping of Books


Daina, age 10, reading to Atticus at 3 months old. If there were a priest of all things literary, I would owe him a couple confessions. I read and finished exactly one Nicholas Sparks book before throwing it across the room as hard as I could. It was The Notebook, a movie I’d loved and […]

October 8, 2013

The Kind of People Who Ban Books


My daughter is twelve, which means the good folks at Barnes and Noble believe she loves paranormal romance novels and books with vampires in them so much so that 80% of the shelves in their teen section carry one, the other, or some combination of the two. Consequently, it has been increasingly and incredibly difficult […]

September 26, 2013