That’s the tagline for a (relatively) new discussion group I and some other nonfiction authors have started in Facebook. We are calling it Illuminate and hope to shine a light on really great mainstream narrative nonfiction–history, biography, literary studies, cultural studies–particularly, but not exclusively, by or about women. There are great groups out there for […]


It’s the last day of 2016 and so naturally a time to reflect on the year that has been. 2016 was a year of ups and downs, both personally and nationally. But I’ll stick here with the personal. (We’ve all had enough of the national political scene, I’m sure.) 2016 started with the frenzy of […]

I feel bad that I haven’t been blogging as much this year. I’ve been putting my energies into writing my next book, The Story of Little Women, and keeping in touch with readers via my newsletter, “The Bluestocking Bulletin.” I’m happy to say that I am in the final stretch of the rough draft of the manuscript (there […]


I had a fabulous weekend in San Francisco at the American Literature Association conference (more about that in a moment). The highlight of my trip was getting to see and hold in my hand the letters that Constance Fenimore Woolson wrote to Francis Boott in the late 1880s and early 90s. If you have read the […]


It has been an amazing publication day for Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories. Reviews appeared today on the websites of The New Yorker and The New York Times. The latter review will appear on the cover of this week’s New York Times Book Review next to […]


It’s been an amazing year in my writing, teaching, and reading lives, and I can’t wait for 2016. In fact, for a while now, I’ve been writing 2016 when I write down the date. That’s how much I’m looking forward to it. But first, a look back at 2015. I have been busy completing two […]