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Writing Home: My annual shameless plug

“A book has no unwanted calories and you don’t have to worry about sizes as long as the subject matter appeals to the recipient.” ~Sue Grafton

Is there a reader on your holiday gift list? The 93 previously published pieces in Writing Home ($16.95) first appeared in a variety of national magazines and newspapers. Though the stories in this collection are personal and written from my heart, they chronicle the victories and losses we all experience as we raise our kids, lose our parents, make a living, and find our way through daily challenges.

The late Detroit News columnist, George Cantor, wrote about the book after spending a day visiting my favorite hometown haunts with me. He described Writing Home as “a love letter to home and family life.” It also received several national awards, including one from Writer’s Digest. But my favorite endorsement came from a young mother who kept my book in her car and read a few short pieces at a time while waiting for her kids on weekdays in the school parking lot. “It’s my favorite parking lot book,” she told me.

Copies are available locally at The Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley, where you’ll find lots of wonderful Michigan-made gifts for Christmas this year. If you’re in not the area, I can mail signed copies of Writing Home to you or your recipients. (Email me for details: [email protected].)~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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