Author of LOVE, NINA: A NANNY WRITES HOME
Nina Stibbe photographed by Rebecca Dawe.
Nina Stibbe’s comic memoir, Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home, is a romp through London’s creative upper crust. Set in the 1980s, Stibbe was a 20-year-old stuck in England’s “boring” midlands, when she decided to escape to “glamorous” London to work as a nanny. “I didn’t have any burning ambition to be a nanny,” Stibbe admits; she just couldn’t find another way to get to London.
She’d dropped out of school at age 15 ...
The author of PRISONERS, LOVERS, & SPIES
Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Ovid encouraged young women seeking illicit lovers to write their suitors secret messages in milk, rendering their words of enticement invisible until touched with coal dust.
That sexy allurement is the way Georgia Institute of Technology professor Kristie Macrakis opens her intriguing book, Prisoners, Lovers & Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda.
“Secret communication is part of the game of love, and forbidden love heightens romance,” writes Macrakis, a Harvard-educated ...
Deborah McKinlay photographed by Paul Stuart..
“Never combine low blood sugar with a high horse,” says @YourAuntLola, Deborah McKinlay’s Twitter alter ego. But the actual Deborah McKinlay, a New Zealand-born, British-based author, thinks she does that sometimes. “When I’m feeling a bit low and grumpy, I allow myself a level of self-righteous indignation and irritation about things, which really I should just let go. I think that’s sort of dishonest.”
McKinlay mentions that because we’re talking about honesty and dishonesty, and we ...
Sue Monk Kidd photographed by C. Roland Scarpa.
Sue Monk Kidd, the genteel Southern novelist, stood in a Massachusetts cemetery, staring at a headstone—worn, pitted and discolored from nearly 140 winters. Its engraved words, “Sarah Moore Grimke,” were barely legible. But Kidd’s own words, the ones she whispered in her mind, were clear: If you can hear this, Sarah, I want to do you justice. I want to do your life justice. I would love for people to know about you and your role and what ...
Wally Lamb photographed by Chris Hetzer.
New York Times best-selling author Wally Lamb can’t seem to talk about his new novel, We Are Water, without talking about his third novel, The Hour I First Believed.
We Are Water is the richly detailed story of the Oh family of Three Rivers, Conn., a family of five coping with tragedy and secrets, including murder and molestation. The Hour I First Believed is an even more detailed narrative about Caelum and Maureen Quirk, also of Three Rivers, as ...
Joshilyn Jackson photographed by EV Jackson.
Joshilyn Jackson wants to talk about miracles. That’s what she says her latest novel, Someone Else’s Love Story, is about. “There’s a virgin birth. There’s a holy sacrifice. There’s more than one kind of resurrection in this book,” she says. “It’s an Easter story.”
It’s an Easter story that begins “on a Friday afternoon at the tail end of a Georgia summer so ungodly hot the air felt like it had all been ...
Jesse Bering photographed by Mitchell Bach.
One hot July day in Italy, psychologist and author Jesse Bering (Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?) was on a crowded public bus when he noticed a “man around sixty or so in a cream-colored nylon suit” leering at a 14- or 15-year-old girl in a bikini.
“There was nothing else to it: just a perspiring Italian pensioner staring at a pretty young girl with lust in his eyes,” Bering writes in his newest book Perv: The Sexual Deviant ...
Liane Moriarty photographed by Über Photography.
It started with Tupperware. Nice. Neat. Stacks. Of perfectly burped Tupperware.
From there it went to thoughts of deathbed confessions…and the psychology of secrets. Secrets, says Australian novelist Liane Moriarty, are like carrying a heavy load up a hill, but even harder. And revealing a secret is like putting down that load, she says. “Just writing down a secret releases stress hormones.”
That’s how Moriarty began creating John-Paul Fitzpatrick, the seemingly perfect and perfectly handsome husband of Tupperware ...