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I can think of no better way to thank writers than by giving them back a little bit of what they've given me – words.

– Monica Riese

Dear S.E. Smith,

Times have changed. Neither of us lives in a hut anymore, nor do we proof together in the tiny, cramped Estroplex at the Chronicle. The sun will start rising in the west any day now. But I can count on your lovely collection of poetry, I Live in a Hut (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), to make me laugh and give me a new perspective on bears. Hope you're killing it at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Expecting big things, M

Dear Jonathan Evison,

I missed you at the Texas Book Festival this year, but I sincerely wanted to thank you for taking me on such a journey of life and loss and – God help us – family in The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (Algonquin Books). You've reminded me why I read fiction.

Gratefully yours, M

Dear Deb Perelman,

Congratulations, I'm officially a fangirl. Maybe I crossed into that territory when I wrote you the note comparing my baking through your blog to Julie & Julia, but I'd say the official point was when I'd drooled on every last page of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (Knopf). From food to fonts, it's beautiful.

Need a sous? M

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