Jane Lebak

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Jane Lebak is the author of Pickup Notes and eleven other books. She has four kids, three cats, two books in print, and one husband. She lives in the Swamp and spends her time either writing books or ejecting stink bugs from the house. She is pretty sure no one reads these author bios.

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Jane Lebak Hi, Julie! The idea for this book comes from a number of different places, actually. When I was really little, I have a distinct memory of sitting at…moreHi, Julie! The idea for this book comes from a number of different places, actually. When I was really little, I have a distinct memory of sitting at my Great Aunt Millie's table after dinner while the adults all had coffee and cannoli, and she told this story about someone she knew who'd been on vacation in England and saw a news reporter who looked just like her daughter. My mother and other relatives don't remember this story at all, but it stuck with me.

I had a birth experience similar to Maureen's, and my mother's was similar in a different respect, so when I put them all together, I ended up with a rather intriguing question.

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Jane Lebak No, this one is secular fiction. Amber does briefly mention what she thinks about religion, but it's incidental to the story.

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No, this one is secular fiction. Amber does briefly mention what she thinks about religion, but it's incidental to the story.

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**•♫♪.•** Celebrate with me!! **•♫♪.•**


Well, first let me back up a bit. Today is a book birthday for a book, but it’s also the would-be 17th birthday of my daughter, Emily Rose. For anyone who hasn’t been around the blog forever, Emily was my second baby, and she died of anencephaly when she was two hours old.


We had a chance to visit her grave last week, and the cemetery is just the way it was...

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J.R.R. Tolkien
“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

W.P. Kinsella
“God what an outfield,' he says. 'What a left field.' He looks up at me, and I look down at him. 'This must be heaven,' he says.

No. It's Iowa,' I reply automatically. But then I feel the night rubbing softly against my face like cherry blossoms; look at the sleeping girl-child in my arms, her small hand curled around one of my fingers; think of the fierce warmth of the woman waiting for me in the house; inhale the fresh-cut grass small that seems locked in the air like permanent incense; and listen to the drone of the crowd, as below me Shoelss Joe Jackson tenses, watching the angle of the distant bat for a clue as to where the ball will be hit.

I think you're right, Joe,' I say, but softly enough not to disturb his concentration.”
W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe

Umberto Eco
“But if there is no cosmic Plan? What a mockery, to live in exile when no one sent you there. Exile from a place, moreover, that does not exist.”
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

Umberto Eco
“We'll have to see," Belbo said. He rummaged in his drawer and took out some sheets of paper. "Potio-section..." He looked at me, saw my bewilderment. "Potio-section, as everybody knows, of course, is the art of slicing soup. No, no," he said to Diotallevi. "It's not the department, it's a subject, like Mechanical Avunculogratulation or Pylocatabasis. They all under the same heading of Tetrapyloctomy."

"What's tetra...?" I asked.

"The art of splitting hairs four ways. This is the department of useless techniques. Mechanical Avunculogratulation, for example, is how to build machines for greeting uncles. We're not sure, though, if Pylocatabasis belongs, since it's the art of being saved by a hair. Somehow that doesn't seem completely useless."

"All right, gentlemen," I said, "I give up. What are you two talking about?"

"Well, Diotallevi and I are planning a reform in higher education. A School of Comparative Irrelevance, where useless or impossible courses are given. The school's main is to turn out scholars capable of endlessly increasing the number of unnecessary subjects.”
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“We were interrupted by a girl with a strawberry birthmark on her nose; she had some papers in her hand and asked if we had signed the petition for the imprisoned Argentinean comrades. Belbo signed without reading it. "They're even worse of than I am," he said to Diotallevi, who was regarding him with a bemused expression. "He can't sign," Belbo said to the girl. "He belongs to a small Indian sect that forbids its members to write their own names. Many of them are in jail because of government persecution." The girl looked sympathetically at Diotallevi and passed the petition to me.

"And who are they?" I asked.

"What do you mean, who are they? Argentinean comrades."

"But what group do they belong to?"

"The Tacuarus, I think."

"The Tacuarus are fascists," I said. As if I knew one group from the other.

"Fascist pig," the girl hissed at me. She left.”
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