My memoir, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, is about the year I spent reading a book a day. Reading so intensely, and so intently, lifted me out of a place of deep sorrow and back into living. My second book, Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing, tells the story of how I discovered a trunk of one hundred year old letters in my backyard and went on a quest to define the qualities of letter writing that make it such a unique and vital form of human connection. While researching my book on letters, I was horrified to find out that Amy Lowell, a favorite poet of mine, requested in her will that her letters be burned following her death. I went on a treasure hunt to find her letters, along with letters, diaries, and journals of her amazing family— and wrote The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, a family saga covering three hundred years. My research led me to consider the question of colonial rebellion and loyalties, and I wrote a book titled American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution, which will be coming out in 2020.