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They called and told me that he’s ready to come home and I was confused because we’d all moved on with our lives. There’s this vague idea in the back of my mind that I thought he had died. That’s why we grew up. That’s why we moved away. That’s why we got married. But maybe he didn’t die? Maybe there wasn’t a funeral? I thought for sure there was a funeral. I remember exactly, buying a pink sweater to wear because I refused to wear all black. If I’d known he was just in a coma or something, I never would have left him. I would have had no reason to buy that sweater. I never would have gone to college, moved to South Dakota, moved back to Kansas, worried about what my next move was, lost my religion, fallen in love with my neighbor, gotten married—without him. I never would have done those things. I would have just sat there, next to him, for fifteen years, waiting for him to come back.
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Holiday Gift Guides: For the Readers in Your World

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Through the month of December, I’ll be posting a weekly gift guide! This week, we’re talking books.

My husband and I managed to actually get Christmas gifts for every single one of our nieces and nephews (of which there are 13 and one on the way). I don’t know if we’ll always be able to pull this off (the number is just growing and growing, you guys!) but we managed it this year. And since there are so many of them and because the love and passion for reading is deep in our veins—obviously we got books for each and every kid. Picking out books for these kids… was SO MUCH FUN!

And so it got me thinking about all the books that I would buy for everyone else in my life if I had unlimited funding. Drawing inspiration from real people in my life, I came up with some ideas! So, hey, maybe there’s someone on your list that matches someone on this list…

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Virtual Book Club: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham + December’s Book Club Reveal!

This month, we were looking for a light, fun book. In October, we read a spooky ghost story. We were growing desperately weary with election coverage and the general onset of colder times. We wanted something nice. We wanted something that felt like… like putting on your jammies and watching Gilmore Girls. We deserved it! So we decided, what better place to go looking for that kind of a vibe than by reading a book written by Lauren Graham aka Lorelei Gilmore! I mean, that will do it. And you know what? This book read exactly like I would expect a Gilmore Girls script to read (I mean the plot and characters and most everything was completely different but it read very GG-y IMO).

The book opens with Franny realizing that she’s got exactly 6 months left on her deadline to make it as an actor before she decides to cash out, move back home, marry her college sweetheart, and get a normal job. This book follows her for the next six months as she nears her deadline.

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Thanksgiving and the After Thanksgiving Part

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I’m so thankful for so many things this year. I mean, look, 2016 was a bit of a rolling trashcan fire. But in spite of the friends leaving, the terrible movies released, show cancellations, celebrity deaths, blatant and subtle racism, the oil pipelines, and not to mention that other thing that I told you I won’t talk about anymore, there’s still a lot of beauty in the world. I mean, look.

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Still Scrolling: Guest Post by Quinn White

I want to thank Quinn for offering to help me fill the space, today. Like many who had some feelings about the outcome of this election, she needed to work it out and she needed to share her story. I feel so happy to get to have a platform to lend out in times like these. This is not another complaint about the election at all. I’m pretty sure you’ve all had your fill of those posts from me. But Quinn tells a beautiful, honest, and humble story of communication and the lessons she’s learned in the past few weeks. I would love it if you would give it a read–we’d love to know if it resonates with you at all.
–XOXO, Lib.
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