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Cover Reveal: The Paris Journal Book Two


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Here she is. The cover for The Paris Journal Book Two. The next installment in The Paris Journal series releases on November 18, 2014. If you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter for sample chapters of book one and a preview of book two (coming soon).

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The Paris Journal Stockists


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Many of you wrote to ask about picking up print copies of The Paris Journal locally, and we just shipped the first round to our stockists. We’re honored that the following fine bookstores and retailers have added The Paris Journal to their shops. Check our stockists page for a full list of retailers who carry

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In Stock! The Paris Journal Print Copies


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Our print copies of The Paris Journal are here! A huge shout out to Hemlock Printers who did a fantastic job. The linen cover and beautiful matte paper are lush, and we’ve admittedly been fondling them since they arrived. We promise not to molest your copy. Signed copies are available here. And unsigned copies on Amazon. We’re

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Café Saint-Régis


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Back at Café Saint-Régis, the eight chairs and four tables are filling up now. Customers settle in as the wait staff picks up the tempo. The two waiters rush back and forth, in and out of the doors, greeting each guest and passing out menus. Just above the flurry of activity, an apartment window over

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Hey Look! A Sneak Peek of The Paris Journal.


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Today’s a big day. Tax day. Hopefully you’re on the good end of that stick. It’s also a good day here at Obvious State. We just sent our mailing list subscribers the first three chapters of The Paris Journal, Book One. We’re pretty certain it’s a lot more fun than W2s and 1099s. If you

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Introducing: The Paris Journal


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We’re excited to announce the launch of The Paris Journal. The Paris Journal has been a multi-year labor of love. There have been a few twists and turns along the way, but we’re thrilled with where it has finally taken us. When we launched the app last year (all photos and video), we watched how

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I remember the day Evan and I packed up our books. We were recently married, moving to the New York City suburbs, and in the middle of a purge-induced adrenaline rush. We parted ways with dollar store kitchen utensils, tossed all 90s fashion, and left our yellowed white couch on the sidewalk for bulk trash.

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Reading: The Painted Girls


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Our friend Ann Mah tipped me off that The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan hits shelves today. I wasted no time downloading it for weekend reading. I suspect I’ll spend as much time peeking at the gorgeous cover as I do reading the text. Set in belle époque Paris, the novel was inspired by the

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The Five-Foot Shelf


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At the turn of the century, Harvard President, Dr. Charles Eliot proposed that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that would fit on a five-foot shelf. He was challenged to compile the collection, which resulted in a 51-volume anthology entitled

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Give Books Giveaway


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  UPDATE! Random.org selected #247, Mandie of Moxie Mandie. Congrats, Mandie! – – – A few weeks ago, my publisher Chronicle Books approached me about participating in their holiday Give Books campaign and giveaway. Since I love books, give books and love the feel and smell of paper (doesn’t everyone?), it was a no brainer.

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Reading: Letters to Sartre


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“Of course, it had long been manifest that De Beauvoir’s own account of her life had been ruthlessly censored, pruned and sanitized to present the public facade she deemed fitting.” – Introduction to Simone De Beauvoir’s letters to John-Paul Sartre by Quintin Hoare, 1991 If you’ve read the letters, you know they are raw, sappy

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Wild


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I always admired a college friend’s choice to hike the Appalachian Trail after graduation. While I considered what I was doing post-graduation in New York as roughing it – broke, crappy roach-infested apartment in Queens, sleeping on a mattress on the floor – he was really roughing it. For over 2000 miles. He didn’t blog,

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Reading: The Blueberry Years


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We visit my family in Lancaster, PA at least once a month. While there, I almost always fantasize about leaving the chaos of New York and client work behind and buying a quaint stone cottage with a little farmland. I blame it on the green rolling hills, breezy corn fields and windmills that line Route

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Open Culture


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Open Culture compiled a list of over 500 free online courses from top international universities. It’s such a wonderful idea, and I can’t wait to take a few.

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Reading: The Great Gatsby (again!)


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I’ve been alternating one new-ish title with a classic this summer, and this week I’m re-reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I see things so differently as an older adult. It’s wild to re-read something that affected me in one way in my late teens and early twenties, and another in my late

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Friday Reads: The Imperfectionists


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Did you ever have one of those books in the “to read” pile for a so long, then read it and wonder what took you so long? The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman is one of those books. It’s set in Rome, and follows the lives of colleagues at a second-tier English language newspaper. Each chapter

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