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Chick Lit Fiction

What is chick lit? Chick lit is smart, fun fiction about women of all ages, ethnicity, social status, marital status and religion. Story lines often revolve around jobs, motherhood, romance, living in the ‘big city’, friendship, dieting and much more, usually with a touch of humor thrown in. Many of these books are written from a first-person viewpoint, making them a bit more personal and realistic. The plots can range from being very light and fast-paced to being extraordinarily deep, thought-provoking and/or moving. Here are a few suggested authors:

People by Rebecca Howard

Whenever my spouse asks me what the book I’m reading is about, it is a running joke that I will respond with “people.” Generally speaking, I prefer books with a strong emphasis on characters as opposed to plot, so it’s always a little difficult to describe what I am reading.  If others disparage a book by saying “nothing happens,” chances are I will love it.  I enjoy reading about the inner world of characters and following how they navigate their ways in the world.  Books that explore the sometimes surprising, often messy, nature of human relationships are among my favorites. 

War is. . . by Rebecca Howard

Kevin Powers said that he wrote his novel The Yellow Birds in response to the question he so often receives from others about his time in Iraq—“what was it like over there?”  This question and the impossibility of its answer reveal the vast chasm between the experiences of American soldiers and civilians in the last decade.  How would a soldier even begin to describe the experience to someone so very far removed from the extremes of war?

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8 tips for a stellar donor thank you letter

Have you recently received a grant or donation? Be sure to thank the donor!

This article from the Nonprofit Times provides a nice overview of what to include in your thank you letter:

"A great thank-you letter might mean the difference between another gift from a donor and your future appeals going into the trash. Consultant Pamela Grow shares the eight ingredients to an effective thank-you letter in her e-book, The Lifetime Donor Attraction System. They are:

Joy
You want the donor to be glad to receive the letter.

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