Recommended Reading for Olivia Pope

Olivia Pope

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As “Scandal” careens toward its season finale Thursday, I can’t help wondering along with Olivia Pope what her life would be if she’d hopped on the plane to oblivion that Papa Pope offered. What would the gladiator who has so much to lose–a fierce wardrobe, challenging career and the leader of the free world–have done if she went on the lam?

Well… read, of course! Surely, she could have used some book therapy after rigging elections, taming assassins and wearing the white (now grayish black) hat. I know Liv likes her wine, but only a strong cocktail of self-help with a splash of fiction could fix this.

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My Writing Process

Inspire Be Inspired

A not-quite-midlife crisis sent me back to school last year--VMFA Studio School. There I tried to shed my business journalist skin by enrolling in a riot of short story, poetry and photography classes. The highlights: the heartfelt tutelage of writing instructor Susan … Read More

How Tos

How-To Books: You’re Reading Them Wrong

Woman Reading

I love a good how-to book. Okay, I love bad ones too. Something about the idea of step-by-step instructions fills me with hope and a sense of infinite possibility. I’ve probably bought 200 volumes in the genre, all promising to offer up the keys to eternal happiness, … Read More

Advice and Inspiration for Smart Women

What do women really want? Trust me, it’s not “balance.”

This blog offers a daily exploration of the varied, determined, sometimes misguided, but unfailingly human ways that women pursue meaning and happiness. Peruse the eclectic mix of advice, interviews, trend spotting and social commentary, then let me know what you think.

Here are a few of my favorite posts to get you started:

Come on. Click around. It’ll be fun, I promise!

Maya Smart