Category Archives: SorryWatch Reads

Raising a kid with low expectations

Sometimes an apology fails rational criteria and yet manages to do the job. SorryWatch was reading Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen‘s excellent autobiography, and came across such a case. As described in the book, Springsteen’s father was a hard man … Continue reading

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Why Won’t You Apologize? (At least for the DAMN BANANAS?)

Psychologist Harriet Lerner, who wrote the landmark Dance of Anger, praised as “one of the first books written about women’s anger,” has a new book out. SorryWatch read Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts with interest, … Continue reading

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Please don’t tell me what I’m apologizing for

If you don’t say exactly what it is you’re sorry for, it can ruin an otherwise good apology. It’s evasive. The person you’re apologizing to may feel like you’re not facing up to it. It seems insincere. So when you … Continue reading

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They know about her apology as far away as Mallerstang and Whaw

In The Hollow Land, by Jane Gardam, an apology plays a foundational role. So much happens in this book, and this happens right at the start, so I don’t feel bad telling you most of this part. In Cumbria, in … Continue reading

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Sorry hecklers

Carol Leifer‘s book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying: Lessons from a Life in Comedy has useful tips for handling hecklers. One came from early in her standup career, when she often had problems with male groups heckling … Continue reading

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SorryWatch Reads: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is best known for her young adult novels, Eleanor & Park (one of the best YA novels I have ever read) and Fangirl (which many people like even more than Eleanor & Park, and which my 12-year-old daughter … Continue reading

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SorryWatch Reads: Any Duchess Will Do

Courtesy of Lisa Harsma of BooksListsLife, behold a scene from NYT bestselling author Tessa Dare‘s latest novel. I haven’t read this one, but like Lisa, I’m a big Tessa Dare fan. Booklist calls her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” … Continue reading

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SorryWatch Reads: A Thousand Pardons

Ooh, a novel about an apology savant! By a Pulitzer nominee! Jonathan Dee’s s A Thousand Pardons opens with privileged Westchester couple Helen and Ben Armstead heading to couples therapy. Ben’s been increasingly disengaged and quiet, but he suddenly loses it in front of … Continue reading

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SorryWatch Reads: Only in Tokyo

I had a lovely escapist time reading Fallen Angel, the latest “Only in Tokyo” murder mystery. It pleasingly entwines police procedural and (literally) star-crossed love with cool information about the Tokyo host club scene and other amazing things that happen … Continue reading

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