“What planted the seed for me to write this book was my own postpartum healing experience. As I was in my own recovery process, I recognized that I was having individual considerations but I could also tell that what I was going through was a collective and archetypal experience.”
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“Getting Back to Happy is really the journey of the lessons we learned from losing two loved ones back to back to illness and suicide and then losing Angelâ€™s breadwinning job in the downturn of the economy. Certainly, thereâ€™s people who have it worse but everyone internalizes pain and depression and grief in different ways. It was a very low point in our lives.”
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“I wrote my book because I really felt like Jim Brown is a complicated figure, and we donâ€™t write enough about complicated people. He is not perfect, he is not evil, he is not an angel. I think that in itself provides lessons that are incredibly rich for us today. We donâ€™t do much good in this world when we put our heroes so high up on a pedestal that we canâ€™t even reach them.”
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The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life. This is their behind-the-scenes interview discussing the recording of Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica.
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“I started out wanting to write a book about how a marriage could survive infidelity. I had this idea of creating this character who was a very powerful woman, who had everything in her life under control, who then had to confront this massive, unexpected problem. Then I was going to show how she got through it. The interesting thing what happened is that she had other ideas. As I wrote the book, I got father and farther away from what I thought it was going to be about.”
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“This subject is something of a departure for me. I think a lot of people associate me with books about food and agriculture or maybe gardening. But if you go back far enough thereâ€™s a strain of interest or continuity that perhaps explains it. I think my real subject as a writer is the human engagement with nature, with other species in nature.”
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“The seed for this book was actually a vacation I took to Seattle a few years ago when I stopped in Pioneer Square. There was a giant totem pole there and there was a ranger wearing a smoky bear hat. He told me that in 1899, there had been a brief fad of stealing totem poles from Alaska.”
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