TOP 10: Hillary Clinton and Lissa Muscatine: From First Lady and Speechwriter…

Hillary Clinton, Lissa Muscatine--Washington Post

Hillary Clinton and Lissa Muscatine–From First Lady and Speechwriter…: Roxanne Roberts–washingtonpost.com–6/17/14–Photo: Melina Mara/Washington Post

Novelist Nicole Mary Kelby on Jacqueline Kennedy’s Iconic Pink Suit

Nicole Mary Kelby/author The Pink Suit/provided by publisher to TWE

Nicole Mary Kelby/Photo: Ann Marsden

By Patricia Caso/June 13, 2014

TWITTER: @nmkelby

The making of Jacqueline Kennedy’s pink Chanel suit is the backdrop for Nicole Mary Kelby’s latest novel, The Pink Suit (@littlebrown). Although the iconic item of clothing is usually associated with sadness, Ms. Kelby’s aim is the opposite. She wants the suit to represent all that is good, beautiful and possible for anyone.

“Having been a journalist for many years, it just became a very fascinating idea that there was all this controversy around this particular garment…it became a sacred trust to write this book.”      Nicole Mary Kelby

Nicole draws on the history of an era defined not only by hope and innocence but also reality and tragedy. Like so many growing up in the 60′s, I so admired Jackie Kennedy’s simply elegant look.

When I saw the book’s cover, I was immediately intrigued and memories of that time came rushing back. I knew I wanted to talk to Ms. Kelby and find out what motivated her to write about that historic suit… [Read more...]

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TOP 10: Diane Sawyer’s Exclusive Interview with Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton/Martin H. Simon/ABC

Diane Sawyer’s Exclusive Interview with Hillary Clinton: abcnews.com–6/10/14–Photo: Martin H. Simon/ABC

TOP 10: JD Salinger and Me–Joanna Rakoff on Her Extraordinary Coming-of-Age Memoir

Joanna Rakoff book, My Salinger Year

JD Salinger and Me–Joanna Rakoff on Her Extraordinary Coming-of-Age  Memoir: Rachel Cooke–theguardian.com–6/1/14

TOP 10: How Juicy Couture’s Founders Built a Fashion Empire with $200

Juicy Couture book

How Juicy Couture’s Founders Built a Fashion Empire with $200: Linley Taber–nypost.com–5/26/14

Pulitzer Prize-Winning War Journalist Carlotta Gall on Getting the Story Right

Carlotta Gall, NY Times Reporter/Photo: Hiromi Yasui

Carlotta Gall/Photo: Hiromi Yasui

By Patricia Caso/May 25, 2014

Twitter: @carlottagall

For twenty years British journalist Carlotta Gall covered the volatile conflicts in Chechnya, Kosovo, Serbia and other war-torn countries. She spent the last dozen years reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for her work at The New York Times in 2009.

“All reporting should be about the humanity. I did learn early on that wars are all about the people. They are not about the generals ordering in the tanks.” Carlotta Gall 

Carlotta takes on a controversial subject in her latest book, The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014, where she questions whether Afghanistan should have been the target for war. I was fascinated and excited to speak with Carlotta about her dedication towards her  profession. She has a passion for getting the story right from the front lines while facing tremendous danger … [Read more...]

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TOP 10: Diane Keaton: The Art of Being Myself

Diane Keaton for MORE Magazine

Diane Keaton–The Art of Being Myself: Margot Dougherty–more.com–4/29/14–Photo: Peggy Sirota

Interview: Jenny Bowen’s Half the Sky Saves Chinese Orphans

Jenny Bowen, author--Photo: R. Bowen

Social activist Jenny Bowen: Photo: Richard Bowen

By Stacey Gualandi/April 25, 2014

All it took for Jenny Bowen to step up was a New York Times’ photo of a little girl, Maya, malnourished and in a Chinese orphanage. That’s when she decided to save lives thousands of miles away.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Chinese orphans or what it is; if you see something wrong in the world that needs fixing, you can do something.”  Jenny Bowen 

This former screenwriter is the founder of  Half the Sky Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Chinese orphans and how they are cared for. To find out how she single-handedly changed a government’s thinking on child welfare, you can read her new book, Wish You  Happy Forever What Chinese Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains.

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to talk to Jenny who joined us on TWE Radio from Washington D.C…

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