God Bless America!

BY debbie in TV

From her cinema debut in Real Women Have Curves to her TV takeover as  Ugly Betty, America Ferrera has built a career on playing the most relatable female characters in pop culture today. Here, she talks with her close friend and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costar, Amber Tamblyn. When was the moment that you felt like you knew you were going to do something big, regardless of how  people treated you? I think the first time I felt that moment was ... Read More

Clothkits is on my stitch list

BY debbie in DIY

If you like making x's with needle and thread, then you might just like saying xoxo this year with a pair of cross-stitched pillows. This  DIY kit is available from the creative geniuses at Clothkits, a UK company that is known for making pre-stamped fabric that you cut out and sew together to make adorable clothes. Most Brits are familiar with Clothkits from the dresses their mums made for them when they were kids,  but I only discovered them about a ... Read More

They Is Us

BY debbie in Books

Tama Janowitz first lit up the literary world with her short-story collection Slaves of New York, which humorously depicted the lives of penniless bohemians living in ... Read More

The Storm: A Novel

BY debbie in Books

On the first page of The Storm, Margriet de Moor reveals the novel's ... Read More
Nothing is sweeter than desire. All other delights are second. These lines, written by one of Sappho's admirers, are quoted by Leila J. Rupp in the beginning of her fascinating new book about the history of same-sex female ... Read More

The Same Earth

BY debbie in Books

In this coming-of-age novel, a young woman named Imelda Richardson escapes from Jamaica during the hurricane of 1974, forcing her to start a new life in ... Read More
Nadine Cohodas' new book immortalizes one of the greatest musicians of our time, "The High Priestess of Soul," with never-before-shared stories about Nina Simone's childhood and her temperamental career that burned a path through the history of ... Read More

Lonely: A Memoir

BY debbie in Books

Now in her early 40s, Emily White has suffered from crippling loneliness on and off since childhood, and it dominated her life for four years, beginning in ... Read More