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Barbara Delinsky

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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two skills that have served me better than all of my other high school courses combined). I earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. The motivation behind the M.A. was sheer greed. My husband was just starting law school. We needed the money.

Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the M
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Barbara Delinsky My next book will be set in Vermont, rather than Massachusetts, will be written in the first person, rather than the third, and is based on the…moreMy next book will be set in Vermont, rather than Massachusetts, will be written in the first person, rather than the third, and is based on the following premise: When you lose the most precious thing in your life, how do you go on? But then, how do you not?

I'm still in the opening stages of this book, and it could totally change by the time I'm done, but, for now, there you have it.(less)
Barbara Delinsky Asking my favorites is like making me pick between my kids. Each of my books (like my sons) is different; I love each and every one of them, albeit…moreAsking my favorites is like making me pick between my kids. Each of my books (like my sons) is different; I love each and every one of them, albeit for different reasons. For instance, I love FOR MY DAUGHTERS because it evokes memories of my mother; I love COAST ROAD because the heroine is in a coma through 9/10 of the book, which made it a challenge to write; I love BLUEPRINTS because of Caroline's Dean. I could go on and on, but you get my drift.

As for my own reading, my tastes are eclectic. I have favorites only until the next one comes along. Same with authors. I like reading both veterans writers and debut ones. A well-written book, regardless of the author, is a joy.(less)
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Some things are ingrained from childhood. One of those, for me, is the start of the school year. New clothes, new books, new classes, new rules – I may have outgrown the first three, but the part about rules never leaves. So I start off the 2018-2019 learning year with FIVE Rules of Writing.


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Description: Life doesn't always go the way we want, and when things go awry, it isn't always a question of going to plan B or C. Sometimes there IS no plan, because what life throws at you is out of the blue.
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Description: Emily Aulenbach is 32, a lawyer married to a lawyer, living and working in Manhattan. An idealist, she had once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse, and signed on with a firm that promised this, but it hasn't worked out. She spends her days in a cubicle, surrounded by lawyers in other cubicles, talking on the phone with people sickened by tainted bottled water. Her firm is being paid by the bottler to minimize claims. Convinced that she is betraying her dreams, she has looked into changing firms, but no one is hiring. She wakes up each morning dreading her work. And it isn't only work. It's her sister, her friends, even her husband James, with whom she doesn't connect the way she used to. Her relationships are superficial and rushed. She connects to three things - her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch. One particularly difficult Friday, she realizes that her life is all wrong. Uncharacteristically acting on impulse, she leaves work early, goes home, packs her bag, and takes off. As she gropes toward the future, though, she finds herself going back - back to the small New Hampshire town where she had last been unequivocably happy and carefree. If she were to map out her life, this was the spot where she had made her first wrong turn. Escape is the story of the dreams we have and the heart-breaking task of giving up the parts that don't work, salvaging those that do, and creating new dreams for what lies ahead.
THE SECRET BETWEEN US (Literature & Fiction)
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Family Tree, by Barbara Delinsky (Literature & Fiction)
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Judas was one such for me. Before my group picked it last June, my impression One of the downsides of belonging to a book group is having to read books you wouldn’t choose yourself. was that the author was brilliant but intense, and dealt with subjec ...more
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Look for one of my books in a store, and inevitably you see Nelson DeMille. Oh, once in a while Don DeLillo comes between us, but usually it’s Nelson and me, side by side on the “D” shelf, DeMille and Delinsky. I don’t know Mr. DeMille personally, th ...more
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Let me say, right off the bat, that I loved this book – but would only give it four stars out of five because of its length and price. It costs $26 and runs barely over 200 pages. OK. For the sake of transparency, let me say that having started my wr ...more
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A good book is a good book regardless of genre, and, IMHO, Far From The Tree is an incredibly good book. Apparently, others shared that humble opinion, since the book was recently awarded the 2017 National Book Award for YA Fiction.

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“People don’t cry because they’re weak. They cry because they’ve been strong for too long.”
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“Rain didn't make things messy. People did that all on their own.”
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“There are always hurdles in life. Getting over them is how we move forward.”
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“The important part of growing older was the growing part. Resisting change meant forever standing still, which was a sad way to live.”
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“So where does that leave me? I like hosting the show....It’s become my identity. If that’s gone, where am I?”
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“Every man wants love, if he can get past the fear of exposure.”
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“When we lose someone we love, we can either die with them or live on to celebrate their life. I’m tired of focusing on what we lost. I want to focus on what we had.”
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1335 Barbara Delinsky Reading Group and Q&A — 122 members — last activity Jun 17, 2009 11:33PM
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message 4: by Blak

Blak Rayne Wonderful to meet you, Barbara! Thank you for connecting, all the best. :)


Deborah Hello, dear friend,
I think of you often and love when I see a new book of yours on the shelves. From that I know all is well with you and yours. I especially enjoyed "Family Tree," and thought it was timely and well written, Barbara. Please say hello to our old book group for me. Hugs, Deb


message 2: by Kate

Kate Hello, Goodreads friend. Happy Valentine's Day.


message 1: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:33PM)

Daniel Congratulations on all those books, Barbara.

Keep it up!


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