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With Thanksgiving under our belts, it’s officially holiday shopping season. This year’s Cyber Monday was reported to be the biggest ever, and some of the deals are still going on. Thus far, sales have reached a record $6.59 billion, which is so.much.money. The question is: What are people buying? Unsurprisingly, Amazon topped the charts, which means that people are scooping up everything, anything and all else in between. Mobile sales were also at an all-time high, which makes complete sense because people need a shiny new device to buy things online on-the-go. Other top hot items include the Nintendo Switch, Hatchimals and L.O.L. Surprise (read as: toys for kids). One can only hope that some of these purchases were gifts for people like you and me. But if not, that’s fine, too. I suppose. In my millennial world, Cyber Monday is just another fancy name for Treat Yo Self Day.

Last Thursday, I attended the Random House Open House event, and it was a blast! This year’s fall lineup was incredibly robust, with Van Jones, Salman Rushdie and Kelly Corrigan (and more!) all in attendance to talk about their latest books. The morning opened with a casual conversation with three literary-centric women authors: Elizabeth Berg (THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV), Emily Ruskovich (IDAHO) and Lisa Wingate (BEFORE WE WERE YOURS). An array of topics were covered, from how their stories were conceived to their writing processes, the importance of settings in their books and more. Emily shared that Alice Munro, Marilynne Robinson and Richard Adams are some of her greatest inspirations. Elizabeth also listed Munro as one of her idols and is currently diving into Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle novels and any cookbook by Ann Hodgman. Meanwhile, Lisa loves to read her fellow Southern writers like Pat Conroy and Mark Twain.