IN PROGRESS: GRACELAND, A NOVEL

After Hope Robinson discovers that her Elvis-obsessed, soap queen mother has commandeered her teenaged daughter for a road trip to Graceland, she fears her mother plans to expose a long-held secret. With the help of her transgender friend Jordan, Hope must race to Memphis to stop her.

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Sometimes the search for redemption requires a journey you don’t want to make…

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The Mother Load

A hysterical look at family life in the 21st century, The Mother Load is a collection of the most popular columns I wrote for The Daily News of Newburyport and The Eagle-Tribune of North Andover.

If you’ve ever battled a spouse who likes to turn the thermostat down to the “arctic wasteland” setting, sent a child to sleepover camp without a single pair of underwear she could get hit by car in, or torn a rotator cuff trying to shoulder-shimmy in Zumba class, you know what it’s like to carry The Mother Load.

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Life According to “Love Actually”

Quick Quiz. Can you identify which movie these famous lines are from? “I’ll have what she’s having.” “There’s no crying in baseball!” “Inconceivable!” “You had me at ‘hello.’” “Nobody puts baby in a corner.” Perhaps you love to quote movies as much as my family does. One of our all-time favorite movies—both to watch andRead On >

The Dangers of Snooping

It’s 2:30 am, and I’m prowling around my friend’s house, peering into her bathroom closets and cabinets. I’m not normally this nosey. Really, what goes on between you and your pharmacist–or Skip, the friend who always has the good stuff—is your business. But it’s the wee hours of the morning and some intestinal demon isRead On >

“LIFE AMONG GIANTS” BY BILL ROORBACH

I was attracted to this book by the suggestion (on the back cover) that the writing was John Irving-esque.  “A dizzy romp” said the New York Times Book Review, which goes on to note the eclectic cast of characters: mysterious ballerina, pro-football player, dead rock star, mad sister, tattoo-covered vegetarian chef, and his transvestite lover.Read On >