Happy Mother’s Day… now go read the New York Times


I love it so much, I don’t want to waste a minute of it, so I am going to keep this short so I can get back to my garden.

The best Mother’s Day present for me is the incredible review of WINTERGIRLS in the New York Times. In case you aren’t registered and thus cannot click through on the whole review, here is my favorite quote:
“Anderson, the author of “Speak” and other award-winning novels for teenagers, has written a fearless, riveting account of a young woman in the grip of a deadly illness.”

::basks in the glow::

And as if THAT wasn’t sweet enough, this edition of the Times also contains a review of my dear friend Deborah Heiligman’s book, CHARLES AND EMMA. I met Deb about 12 years ago when I joined her writer’s group. It is beyond awesomeness that we get to share space in the Gray Lady today!

I am very slowly recovering from the last six months of being a road warrior. I’m going to ask Queen Louise to total up the mileage since last October. It feels like I’ve been to the moon and back a couple of times. The first plan of action is to get my garden put together. I am doubling the size of it this year, so there is much wrestling with the rototiller in my future.

In addition to my flower gardens and vegetable and herb garden, I am planning a shade garden around the writing cottage. I don’t dare plant it yet, because we still have a bunch of guys in trucks coming and going. This week, the insulating crew should show up. We’re using a soy-based insulation foam that has much lower off-gassing than traditional insulation. We’ve also decided to experiment with a small wind turbine in addition to the solar panel, instead of going with two solar panels. BH has been seen stalking the Forest while muttering calculations and figuring wind speed.

Now it’s time to pull on my pink boots and go play in the mud!!!

9 Replies to “Happy Mother’s Day… now go read the New York Times”

  1. What a great review – and certainly well deserved. Congratulations! And Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Congratulations!

    Great review for Wintergirls! I am looking forward to reading it. If it engages my teen students like Speak and Twisted did, it will be the topic of much discussion in my classroom!

  3. Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

    I think that review hit the nail on the head. I read Wintergirls a few weeks ago, and it was so intense that I had to put it down a few times to collect my thoughts. I absolutely loved it. It was the best book I’ve read in a really long time. I rank it in my top five favorites. Thank you so much for writing it.

  4. Happy Mother’s Day, Laurie! And congratulations on the laudatory review. By the way, I was listening to a Celtic-inflected song called “Skeletons” today and was reminded of “Wintergirls,” and each of them made the other seem that much more moving. There’s a lot of music in the way you wrote “Wintergirls” — mournful music, but beautiful nonetheless.

    Have a great day, and congratulations again.


  5. Laurie, you are a very talented writer! I’m glad you’re book got such a great review in the Times! 🙂
    I think you are my favorite author! *Not to gloat* I loved Speak and Chains! I am still waiting for my next trip to the mall so I can pick up WinterGirls (I read the first page or two in a book-store, loved it!) but while I wait I am reading Catalyst. I am in the exact middle! 🙂

    How was you’re book tour! 🙂


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