More Happier: The Joy of Ferry Rides, the Fun of Thrillers, and the Bittersweet Feeling of Family Milestones

Something Making Us (More) Happier

  • Elizabeth: Elizabeth is taking a deep dive into thrillers, which she is enjoying tremendously. She mentions The Wife Between Us (Amazon, Bookshop) by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. 
  • Gretchen:  I’m so happy about all the people who have pre-ordered Life in Five Senses!  It really means so much to me.

How’s That Going for You?

Elizabeth asks me about an item on my “23 for 23” list is going —  my “monthly New York City outings.” The outings are great, but I need a better name.

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I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You

Elizabeth asks me: “What’s it like having Eleanor turn eighteen years old?”


I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have got ourselves. I suggest, furthermore, that when you feel that you could almost have written the book yourself—that’s the moment when it’s influencing you. You are not influenced when you say, “How marvelous! What a revelation! How monumental! Oh!” You are being extended. You are being influenced when you say “I might have written that myself if I hadn’t been so busy.”

—”A Book That Influenced Me,” E. M. Forster





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