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The Friends & Fiction 100th Episode Extravaganza with Elin Hilderbrand & Tim Ehrenberg

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

A good time is had by all on the 100th episode extravaganza! Joining us is #1 mega-bestselling author and dear friend of the show, Elin Hilderbrand, along with the marketing whiz behind Nantucket’s two indie bookshops, Nantucket Book Partners, and the Nantucket Book Festival, Tim Ehrenberg (known to his legions of social media followers as Tim Talks Books). There are guessing games with prizes and a series of lightning round questions covering everything from holiday traditions to favorite books. Join the Thanksgiving Eve fun as we look back with gratitude on the first 100 shows and look forward to all that lies ahead for this incredible community!

Welcome to Friends and fiction for newyork times, Bestselling authors, endless stories, novelists, mary Kayandrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson harvey and Patti Callahan, Henry, Rfour long time Friends with more than 70 published books between themtogether, they host friends and fiction with author interviews and fascinatinginsider talk about publishing and writing to highlight and supportindependent bookstores. They discussed the books, they've written the booksthey're reading now and the art of storytelling. If you love books andyou're curious about the writing world, you're in the right place. Hello everybody. It's the Wednesdaynight before thanksgiving. I'm thinking lots of you are prepping for tomorrow'sbig dinner, but hopefully tonight you'll carve out a carve out a littletime to gobble up book talk with Friends and fiction. See how I did thatvery clean cut. I'm Kristin Carvell, I'm Patti Callahan, Henry and I'mChristine what's an Army tonight? We're really thankful to be airing the 1/100episode of Friends and Fiction with Friends in fiction. Fan favorite. Younotice how I did that, a little liberation girls like what we expect nothing less than you. Okayto celebrate our milestone. We are throwing the playbook is out the windowbecause we are enlisting Ellen Hildebrand's work, husband Tim,Ehrenberg of Nantucket Book Partners and tim talks books for some fun andgames, some list making and of course lots of book talk, We have such a funand exciting partner this month too and it's perfect timing because we'repartnering with butterball Turkey, we are especially excited because it meanswe get to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Turkey talk line allmonth long, make sure to join us on our talk in Turkey with butter ball aftershow. Tonight. I swear when that butter ball goes over the person in the cornerwhich this time it was me, it looks like you're saying I'm the butter ball.Is that what you guys are saying that you know we're hanging you and you aregoing to put you in that corner? Reason for that reason you guys are there on avacation. Well you did just get back from hawaii kristen and we didn't sayanything but I did look a little turkey like in my bathing suit, I'll admit tothat. But okay, as you probably already know the heart of our original missionwas to encourage you to support independent booksellers when and whereyou can. And one way to do that is to visit Nantucket Book partners where youcan order Ellen's books, most of them signed, which is so great, especiallyas we're approaching holiday shopping. Um and you can also order books by thefour of us and it's the store um where you can find tim, so you'll beinteracting with tim if you buy our books which is fantastic. Of coursemost of you know Elin Hilderbrand, but some of you might not know tonight'smaster of ceremonies. I don't know how it's possible that you might not knowhim because we talk about him all the time But tim Ehrenberg who is themarketing director for Nantucket Book Partners. Nantucket's to indiebookstores. He also does the marketing for the Nantucket Book Festival wherewe did a amazing virtual event last summer. It was so much fun. He just ledus through with these hilarious questions and had us on our toes andflipped the tables on us and he writes a monthly column about books for nwhich is Nantucket's lifestyle magazine. There's more, he's also the man behindthe magic of your winter wonderland subscription box. If you bought thatgorgeous packet, he was the man behind the Magic. You can discover what tim isreading by checking out his blog, Tim talks books. Sean could you bring timto join us? Hi friend, how Are you happy 100 episodes. Thank you. Howiehere, here's here's I said today tim it happened, We did this and then we didthis and then we did this. It was 100. Yeah, well congratulations. Like I'vesaid in the past this brings so much joy to so many people. So I know it's atime commitment for everyone, but it really does bring a lot of joy topeople. So thank you. Thank you asked me, let's talk about Ellen. Okay, soshe needs no introduction but Elin Hilderbrand is the number one new yorktimes best selling author of 27 novels including her latest Golden Girl, Shehas lived on Nantucket for 28 years,...

...has three Children. She's a dedicatedpolitical writer and runs or yeah, dogs as she calls it every morning. Ellen isan enthusiastic cook, a seven year breast cancer survivor, a graduate ofjohn Hopkins University and Iowa's writing workshop and she writes hernovels longhand on yellow legal pads. Amazing. She loves a good sandwich, aglass of booze or stands there and a fun night at the chicken box onNantucket. That's the script on Ellen. You can find it if you google her nameor in the back of her books. What many of you might not know is she's anextremely disciplined person. I have never met someone who is so disciplined.We signed copies of her books downstairs at Mitchell's pretty muchevery day when she's on Nantucket and a text from Ellen to meet me at that goeslike this, I can meet you at 407 But I have to be gone at 4:34 to be somewhereelse. At 4:39, wow. She's also very giving of her time to me to thebookstores, to her fans, to acquaintances, many who asked for it.She is the perfect mix of introverts and extroverts. She's genuine, kind,sensitive, but no nonsense. I love her dearly. Elin Hilderbrand. I'm crying, that was such a beautifulintroduction town. Thank you, thank you and very humbling. Thank you. Hieveryone. Hi Ellen, now we're so glad to have youback with us tonight on friends in fiction. You know my husband tom and Ihad such a great time this past summer when you invited us to join you and timand your friends at your beautiful Nantucket home. And I did that only asrevenge to the other ladies because they because we're so jealous. It was amajor fomo situation completely with for sure. Yeah. Um Ellen, you have left me on Nantucketfor boston where you're revising your book coming up this number. My firstquestion is, when did you start that boston venture that you revised? Likestart editing the book and that you go to boston for this month. When did thatstart? So I started in 2008, I was revising my novel the castaways. It wasa tricky revision And I didn't actually come to Boston in 2008. I went to mymother's house in suburban Philadelphia and I went for only three weeks and Ican remember being there and I called my husband and I said I think I need anextra week, I'm not finished. And he said yeah, totally fine. He had theChildren and I found that like being away without the kids was the only waythat I could get work done. And so I went to my mother's for three years,2008, 2010. And then I do love my mother. But I was like you know what,maybe I should um get my own apartment and so because the content sports and Iwanted people to go back and forth to Nantucket easily. I started renting isBeacon Hill in boston in the, in the year of 2000 and 11 and I have beenhere ever since. So I think this is my 10th or possibly even my 11th Fall ofRenting and Beacon Hill, I come for six weeks and I do my revisions. Are yousuperstitious at all? Like is that something that you always have to donow? Because it's like uh this is just my routine or is there a superstitionin Aaron? Yes. Um the strange thing is that so I was in the same apartment inBeacon Hill for for like the last six years I think I had one apartment andthen the dude sold it and it was a tiny studio that was up three flights ofstairs. I mean it was no great shakes and then last winter the guy said he'sgoing to sell it and I thought, oh no! And I was so worried because I was sosure that it was going to ruin my mojo But I found a different apartment thatis so much, there's only one flight of stairs and it's so much closer toCharles Street which is where all the shopping the restaurants are and I amlike 100% happier here and so yeah, it worked out and but coming to Bostonthis time of year is very much something that I treasure and that is,is pivotal to my, to my work schedule. It's amazing. Yeah. So let's talk aboutwhat you're revising, Can you tell everyone what about the hotel Nantucket?Let's, yes, so I'm writing revising my novel the hotel Nantucket and I'm goingto use two words to describe it, which I can't tell if these are completelymodest, they probably are. Um because I am not known for my modesty, it isclassic Hildebrand. So it is, it is about a grand hotel on Nantucket, it'sreminiscent of the beach Club, which...

...was my first novel, the blue bistro,which was my fourth novel and a little bit of Golden Girl because um, at thehotel Nantucket and in addition to like a diverse and inclusive staff, whichwas one of my number one priorities, um a staff that you get to know andhopefully will fall in love with. There is a ghost who lives in the hotel andfor anybody who's read my books, I don't really do ghost. Um, but this,this time I did, there was a chambermaid in the summer of 2000 andI'm sorry chambermaid in the summer of 1922 who was killed in a fire. She'sbeen hanging around for 100 years, waiting for her murder be acknowledged,she's piste off, she wants her recognition and when the hotel isbought and restored to its former glamour, she decides that she's goingto make her presence known. And so that's sort of part of the plot line. Um one of the other things about thisbook, which I was telling the girls earlier is that at the end of the bookis something called the Blue book and at the hotel to every guest, they handout the blue book, which is a Nantucket recommendation guide that has, you know,shopping restaurants, beaches, activities, museums. And I am puttingmy own blue book at the end of the novel so that anybody who reads it willhave a blueprint for what to do when you go to Nantucket. That's awesome.That's awesome. Which is perfect. Everyone in your signing lines are like,where do I go to dinner? Where do I keep shopping your recommendations? Soyou're right there. That'll be amazing what you post on your social Ellen. Ijust need you to tell me everywhere to go and see. And do I get that a lot?Yeah, but what about the rest of you ladies? Can I have a sentence or two ofwhat everyone's kind of working on? And then I wanted to add if anyone else hasany superstitious writing, um, traditions that you do every timeeither in the editing process or maybe the beginning of the process. Maybestart with Kristen Sure. I don't think I'm that superstitious. I'm just kindof a creature of habit. So I write um I generally right in the same place, butI was on an airplane a week or so ago um by myself, without without my child,not the vacation I just took, but prior to that and I got like 3500 wordswritten on the airplane. I mean, I am now realizing I should just flyeverywhere every, every day would be the most efficient way to work, right?Um the book I'm working on will be out in March of 23 so I'm not quite donewith it yet, but it's another World War Two story set in World War Two parisand also in 1960 new york and it's about the working title is the parisDaughter. Um and it is about a family, two families torn apart when an alliedbomb falls someplace it should be. It's amazing Christie. Um well, I have the weddingveil coming out in March of 20.year 2022, soon, like a few months. Um andit is my first contemporary historical novel about Edith and corneliaVanderbilt and um a famous piece of Vanderbilt history, their wedding veilthat goes missing. And sort of my answer of what happens to it. I am notsuper. This is weird because I'm superstitious about like a lot ofthings like if I walk in the front door of your house, I can't go out the back,like there are things like that. Like, you know that like, I grew up with like,everyone is really superstitious in my family. And like, I have I'm sort ofsuperstitious, but I really, I think because my first book I wrote When Willwas a baby, like in the middle of the night, and like, I just never had anytraditions. It's always been just like on the fly. So, um but I but every timeI hear Ellen talk about this, I'm like, yes, yes. I will say before thepandemic, there was this one weekend that my husband had a conference andevery single year, it seems like I would go with him and I would hold upin the hotel for like two days while he was at the conference and I wouldalways finish a book, but we haven't done in two years. You were. But yeah,the wedding veil cover is so beautiful. And that packaging for The Advanced isits gorgeous uh patty. My next novel is super secret meaning, I don't know, I'mworking on something, but it's at that squishy. I know all of you know aboutthis part where it's still some wet clay and if I start talking about it,I'm going to break it or ruin it. So I'm in that middle part, but I'm notthat superstitious about writing traditions. But I would really like toget an apartment for six weeks. So I am now officially superstitious. Yeah,let's make some stuff up. I am now officially superstitious for, for threeor four books in a row. I went to this...

...writer's colony in Tennessee and Ifinished all four of those books there. But it has since shut down. So you alsofell off a cliff there also. I, so that ended that superstition. No, I actuallywent back three more times which you should come to Weymouth in northCarolina and that's what I should do. But I am not easily deterred and I wasnot deterred even with a hiking accident. But I do feel like my onekind of grounding thing is, is to write first thing in the morning and if Idon't, I lose it like that, I lose that little sacred space and time and it'svery hard for me to grab it later in the day mary Kay, what are you working on orwhat's coming out waiting on trying to finish um the book that's allegedly outin May. It's called The Home Records. It's about a woman in savannah. She's acontractor. She and her father in law work on um historic house renovationsand she gets cast in a television reality show called um The Home Recordsand um so I am in deepest despair. I've locked myself up in the carriage house,the squirrels and as we call it here at home because I don't have time to runaway from home this time. Um this close. Well we're giving you all theencouragement. We can thank you thinking I'm going to email my editorand tell her it won't be in because of such supply chain problems. People buythat. I changed your brain. Yes. Yes. The oxygen to my brain is insurance. Ichange your creativity has been completely sound. I so manysuperstitions, you know, I'm irish and we're very superstitious people. Um Iam now on month six of not missing a single day of writing. So the streak isalive and I'm terrified of breaking it. Um and uh oh I write down every daywhen I start writing in my notebook, I write down the date on the left handcorner and then whatever chapter number I'm working on in the right hand corner,I right where I'm writing, literally. So it's here. If it's untidy or if it'ssomeplace else. Uh if it's on Nantucket, I'm, you know, I'm I'm writing that onmy notebook to and then when I finish a book, I have to toast with my favoriteum um guilty pleasures which are Reese's peanut butter cups and if I canget them wink grapefruit soda when there are there are a ton of other,there are like I have to write 500 words before I um, Name and save thechapter. Like I can't get away with 300 or 400 or 490. I have to I have to makemyself get to 500 words, then I can name it and number it like that. Thoseare so interesting. Yeah. Okay, let's get this thanksgiving party started,shall we? It's time for a game and we're calling it whose review? So I'mgoing to read a line from an actual online reader review from one of theseauthors books and everyone at home can guess whose book we're talking about.Friends and fictions. Managing director meg walker will choose a winner atrandom from the comment thread and that person will win a signed copy ofEllen's Golden Girl plus a book from each of the fab four. A pretty niceswag. So are we ready for whose review? Okay, review number one, Five out offive stars. Wife loves the book, no idea what it's about or anything aboutit. Life loves it. So that's all that matters to me. Hilarious. I know she'san avid nick sparks reader and is really enjoying this if that help. So Iwrite in the comments, whoever you that it is. I right, okay, review number two,this Is my favourite 1, 3 Out of five stars. I was a little taken aback bysome elements like frequent swearing, drinking and similar behavior, how dareyou know what that is and not read it. Who are you? Okay. Review number threeone out of five stars. I really wanted...

...to like this book but I just found thecharacters perfectly annoying. Everything is perfectly decorated thebest. The cutest, The most adorable et cetera and no one can make a decisionon their own. Like us. Pretty true to life. That's the string. The textstring of endless. What should I wear? Everyone continue to write the commentson how, whatever you think, whose review this is. Okay. Moving on. Reviewnumber four one out of five stars, boring, boring quickly. I really shouldhave just ended reading after chapter one instead of suffering through hard.Yeah, I figured. Okay, so who's, who's do you think was boring? I hope, I hopeit's not like an overwhelming author that they get it wrong. Yeah, we knowabout that. Everyone's like Ding, Ding, Ding. Yeah. Okay. And last reviewnumber 53 out of five stars. Not enough. I'll start off by saying this is a bookI probably never would have read but a book club I am in is reading the entireseries for the month. So here I am, the writing is good. There are little ifany grammatical errors. Look about a big handed compliment, the mark of agreat story right there. Okay. Tom clean guys. Which number wereyou? Let's start with patty. Oh Gosh, mine. Mine is this one. I was a littletaken aback by some elements like frequent swearing drinking and similarbehavior. Can I just defend myself and saythey're drowning in a shipwreck. Can we just start there? Or sharks too. Right.Yes, swearing and the drinking or legit people, if you're ever going to swearand drink, that's the time. That is true. That is true. Kristen mine isboring. The person really should have just ended reading after chapter oneinstead of suffering through. I mean, you know, sorry, but in the hiding inthe forest while people based boring super boring. So I appreciate all ofyou who slogged through that book. Uh mary Kay um, mine is um, the first one,the guy who decided to leave a review for a book that he had been, he neverread because his wife seemed to like it and that my favorite part is that hiswife, he thinks my books are like nick sparks get five stars. Five stars. I'lltake it. I don't care what they say. A five star thing. Yeah. And Christine.Which one were you? I was um, well none of my characters can make a decision ontheir own. Just like, well me neither. So um, but it made me laugh because Ithought, well when you pick up a book called christmas in Peachtree Bluff andit has a girl holding a wreath on the cover. Like I wanted everything to bethe best, the cutest and the most adorable and I don't know what you wereexpecting otherwise. In defense of that book though there's a lot of hurricanedestruction. That is not like the cutest No, that's true. And everybodyhas like a drama going on. Like everybody has like a major issue thatthey're trying to solve. Yeah, I mean, but like if you're at the tree lighting,it's pretty adorable. That's true. And Ellen, that would leave that wouldleave me was one that had varied few grammatical error. That's good job towe have to thank my copy editor and we're very proud of you. Ellen,basically your copy editor could have just written the bug. It sounds likeyou know that Iowa workshop was a good idea. I think reviews, especially negativeones can be a pretty hot button topic for authors. I mean, and I think tolike you're looking at those, it can be, you know, kind of rough. Do you readyour reviews? And if not why can reviews be helpful, I guess. I mean,are there positives and negatives student Ellen, I mean, I I never as arule that's why this assignment gave me so much trauma. I never ever ever everread my reviews on either good reads or amazon. It's not helpful me. And alsoit's not, it's not for me. I wrote the book. It's for other readers and it'seven if even if they're great reviews, it's not they're not for me. Um youwill never please everybody. That would...

...be something that I would tell any kindof any aspiring writer, you are not going to please everybody. So therewill be people because you know, you have this wide, diverse readership andthey're all coming from a different background in a different perspective.So, some people do not like swearing. And I mean, I've learned that the hardway I try, Honestly, just I used to swear all the time in my books. In thelast I think four or five books, I just stopped because it's not worth it forme to hear about it. The words where words are not worth me hearing about it.So, I just stopped. That's one thing that I that I have learned peoplereally take offense and then those people are the ones that to talk aboutit. Yeah, patty. You know, I try I'm not as as disciplined as Ellen. I trynot to read them. I usually read them in the very beginning when the advancedreader copies are out and people are writing on good reads because I want toget a sense for how it's being received as it first enters the world. And thenI do my very dang c I didn't curse, no, swearing, I did my very best not tolook after that. I really do. I am. I get defensive. I can feel it. I knowafter 16 books I should have a little bit thicker skin. But um I don't I mean,it's and there's nothing I can do about it. I can't go ask them to take it down,right? I can't go fix the book. So, I think, I mean, I think it's even Ellenwho said once like this is your work and then to see someone just tear it.Like it would be like someone and I don't know what the equivalent, butbasically like everything with that winter package, everyone just bashingeverything that I chair. And I think that that's what people like. It's likewho's when you when that's your job, Whose book is it anymore? Is it thereaders or is it still the writers? And it's well, it's that whole brain abrown thing about if you're not in the coliseum fighting in the you know, justjust be quiet, I have to watch her and that's like special every time beforethe book comes out. I really, really do. And I said to myself, they're not inthe arena in the arena, you know, it's it's a good point. Yeah, I am I youknow, I very similar to what Patty said, um I do read my reviews to kind ofgauge which way the wind is blowing before the book comes out, but I thinkthat just comes from a place of insecurity. Like I want, I want to knowthat there are people who like it and I want to beat myself up, you know, in aterrible way over. Like the people who don't and I know that's not good for me,but you know, I get fixated on the numbers, I worry about how it's goingto do, and then I do manage, I think, to stop doing that once the books outin the world. But I don't know. I mean, it's it's helpful in some ways I think,you know, if if a criticism is it comes from a place that's actually related tothe book and not related to someone's personal agenda or issues. Um and youhear the same type of feedback multiple times that can be helpful to know. UmYou know, there could be something you're saying or doing that um thatperhaps isn't coming across right, but I don't know. I think sometimes reviewscome with people's personal agendas though. Um and that's not helpful toany that's not helpful to anybody, you know, other readers or to the author.And so I think long story short, I think I need to stop them stopobsessing over those reviews. But, you know, we appreciate it. I think weappreciate it as authors when you read our books and when you take a moment toreview if what you're doing is not reviewing it in a way important. That'smeant to be helpful to other readers. You know, Pat Conroy has a great quotethat just flashed into my head that he used to say, used to say, don't golooking for your bad reviews if you have when your friends are going totell you. There you go, that's true Christine I read mine like, like, Imean, not necessarily every single one, but yeah, like I really do. Um and Idon't know if I should or I shouldn't, but I do. And especially like ifthey're on like instagram or something. Um and you know, I think we allprobably have some way shape or form that like we're being notified at leastpart of the time when we're, you know, coming up on um like even if someonedoesn't like tag us or whatever, like we know what our names popping up onthe internet. So I think it's funny when people are like, well youshouldn't have come looking for like, well you put hashtag Kristy Woodsonharvey and that's my name and it pops up on the top of my instagram feed,There's not a lot I can do about that, but thank you now and that reallydoesn't happen that much. But you know,...

I really did read them and I think, youknow, for every bad review that we might get, we're getting dozens ofreally great ones. And so I think by and large, like some days it keeps yougoing, you know, when you're like, why am I doing this? Sort of people likethis? But it is funny how we can have, you know, 3000 amazing glowing reviewsand like, you know, 30 like okay ones and we're like, oh my God, like thebuck is terrible. Everybody hate that. You know, you do like, we always areour worst critics and we believe our worst reviews, but I'm the same likewaiting for the wedding bill to come out right now. I am like stalking goodreads constantly like trying to figure out, you know, do people like the bookto people like it and they're like eight reviews and I'm like reading themlike why? It's like we didn't take the most insecure people in the world andput them in a business where they're constantly being like berated orpraised. And it's bizarre. I typically don't. Um but when, when Iwas looking for the review for this, I was looking at the reviews for thenewcomer this past summer's book, which the guy posted the five star becausehis wife might like it. And I found some really nasty ones about away, thisis book too long. How is this a beach book? And then I thought, you know,stop just, there's not anything I can do. The book is out in the world and Ican't go back and fix it and I can't um you know, there's like t shirt orsomething that says, um you're not avocado or you're not Guacamole, Noteverybody's gonna like you. And so I'm I'm Guacamole like it Guacamole. So,and you know what Ellen, I am not taking out the bad words. Yeah, damn it,not doing it. You know, I have dialogue in my books and my the dialoguereflects the way people speak and they will drop an F bomb when they'restressed or when they catch their fiance with the maid of honor, uh thenight before the wedding. Um however, I did not put any, I deliberately thereare no f bombs in the santa suit and I'm pretty proud about that. We'reproud to, I think that was big for you. Okay, thanksgiving tomorrow, let's talkfor a moment about gratitude. Anyone want to chime in on what they're mostthankful for this year. Ellen, I this is a shameless plug. I am grateful forTim, Ehrenberg and I just want to say anybody, anybody watching, I could notdo what I do and I know that the four lady, the other four ladies here haveexperienced his magic in the last 12 months. Tim works so hard For thebookstore, but just for books in general. And um as you can see, he'slike a very charming game show host, but so hard and as far as like my ownbooks, I mean the stories I have from the last year alone, about you know, Isigned up Mitchell's every Wednesday at 11 in the summer and I was coming rightfrom my bar class and I would text him like is anybody there and you know, helike send me a video of the people lined up and he would have to, you know,talk to them and engage them. And when I did a signing, I did a signing thisfall in Madison Wisconsin And a woman came through the line with a presentfor tim and I knew I is so special and so important to my career and I feellike he's becoming important to you guys as well. And so I'm thankful foryou. That is so sweet. Thank you. I'm very thankful for all of you as well.Thank you. Who is next patty? I mean, I know it's a shameless plug, but I'mthankful for tim No, I'm kidding. You have been like you have, I havesomething else, but you have been a lifesaver for a this year. I know thatthe whole spires of us here are thankful for you. I um, I am reallythankful for so much, but my second grand baby was born just six weeks agoand they're all coming home from far away in two weeks, 2.5 weeks and I amjust so grateful that the world has opened up enough to allow that and thatI get to see them and be with them and every day when I'm feeling a little bitoverwhelmed, I'm like, but there's that there's that congratulations. Thank you.Um, kristen Well, you know, I know you will all echo this too. I mean I'm justso grateful for friends and fiction. I mean just I I know we're all going tosay that, but you know, it's just, I can't believe it. How is this 100thepisode? It's grown into something we couldn't have imagined and that'sbecause of all of you out there. I mean it's become such a community and youknow I try to explain to people the...

...closeness between those of us who runthe show, how often we talk to each other how how much in each other'slives we are and you know, it doesn't feel like enough when I say they're myclosest, they've become some of my closest friends because you're morethan that. Like you, I mean you all have become my family as have um somany of the members out there who are with us every week and who are soactive on the page and so I'm I'm grateful for that for the opportunityto be part of something so incredible, so beyond what we could have imagined,but something that's given me a whole new family um that I know I'll alwayshave so thanks all of you for being my family Greg. Would you have everguessed on that first episode that you would be doing 100? No, not in amillion years. We didn't even know we were gonna do seven until we got to wegot seven, we thought we would end it in May of 2020. Yeah, yeah. Americans.If you had told What if you had told us we were going to do 100, we probablywouldn't have done the second you would have been like that. Not in for that.I'm feeling grateful that we made it out of the past year alive. Really itwas a dark time. We've all been through some stuff. Um I'm grateful that um I'mgrateful for the people who listen to science and got vaccinated and moremasks and believed and so I'm I'm grateful that you know we're coming, Ihope we're coming out of that and Christie. Well to quote ElinHilderbrand, this might not sound very humble, but bear with me um I this is gonna sound insane when I saythis, you are going to be like, that's not true. But it is really true that itdid not occur to me until like a week ago that um I had two books on the newyork times bestseller list this year and that absolutely blows my mind. Andwhat I'm going to say about that is that had nothing to do with me. It wasbecause Allen wrote me a good read letter and kim packed 720 books andship them out of Nantucket books. And all these women right here writenewsletters about the bucks and put me on their instagram and all of you outthere bought them and there are a lot of more important things to be gratefulfor. But um it's amazing just quite close in my mind and I will never havea year like that again. No, you will, I will never write two books again. I allthose years. Alan I'm sorry. I don't know how you did it all those years.You know that's my review. It's hard. It's very, very hard. It's really hard.I mean I think it's um, I underestimated how hard it was. Ireally did you made it look too easy. Ellen made it look so easy. It's thatdiscipline that she has. Its the 4:37 PM and then she's writing at 4:39. Yeah,but I am super, super grateful for everyone here and everyone in thisgroup And I mean you guys have changed my life like for real, all of you and Ithink we all feel that way and Friends and fiction has been incredible andhundreds you guys like I can't even 100 100. Yeah. Well yeah, well I'm verythankful for all of you as well and thank you for having me tonight too. Sookay now it's time for everyone's favorite, the lightning round. It'sdefinitely my favorite. I've got a series of five questions for these fiveauthors and then oh I think mary Kay has a question for me. Oh no I do, I do.Okay. Are we ready? Ready? Let's go name a traditional thanksgiving dish.You really don't like Christie cranberry sauce. Oh um for me I lovestuffing but I can't stand stuffing with sausage or turkey in it. We had areally lengthy discussion about this last week. Those green booms with thealmond slices on them and they stop making them. I eat any kind of sweetpotato yam. And honestly, you guys, I do not like pumpkin pie. Okay, damn it.She stole my pumpkin pie. But I also I also abhor um oyster dressing andoysters in any, in any form. Yeah, I like all of the uh well, mine would be,my grandma used to make jello with vegetables in it. It's so it's calledaspect aspect. Yeah, well, I didn't...

...know what it was called, but it wasfunny. What famous person would you most like to have joined you at yourthanksgiving table? Uh The queen of England, I thinkbecause I just think she's so fascinating. Like she's just acomplicated, fascinating. Yeah, The interesting conversation patty. Um I would say she's probably onlyfamous to me, but I would have Joy David Mann, who was the subject of mybecoming mrs Lewis book because I mean, I've been living with her for seven oreight years now and I would love to sit across the table from her and talk toher about all the things. Mm I love that Ellen. Um So normally I would sayBruce Springsteen, but this year, my favorite famous person is my Pelotoninstructor gen Sherman, I love her. I love her, She just gave me a skeletoninstructor after you like her and you met her this summer, didn't you met herlast summer? And it was like, It was, it was it was, it was a high point, itwas a high point of my ear. She has she has really high energy. She's a reallygood one. I love her. Yeah, mary Kay paul read. All right, we could get, wecould have guessed that one. Come on. I mean that's the sexiest man now, I'msure he has a lot of thanksgiving tables that he probably I mean we aretalking fantasy here. Right, right. I mean had he wants a dead woman to cometo her thanksgiving right? For me to say I want the world's sexiest man tohave dinner with me. You chose to before he was the world's sexiest man.So it is true. That's true. Well, I was gonna say cornelia Vanderbilt, but Ifeel like that's kind of stealing patties. So like I want to havethanksgiving with taylor swift. Talk about our cool. Yeah, I beg text to itwould be for you. I'm suddenly curious. I hope she says Cody rigsby were bigCody fan fan. How about a magic Giacomo? I feelreally? Yeah. Well, I mean that's that's why there are a lot of yeah,once Bruce Springsteen tim. Who do you want to have dinner with atthanksgiving. Oh wow. Besides us. Obviously. Pretty Spears. I mean she's she'sfreaked out. She could totally come over now. Yeah. The only thing that washolding her back from coming in and talking to have thanksgiving with meand now she kept now you're free. Okay so do you participate in the blackfriday shopping madness. Petty, nope. Mhm. No I do I do cyber monday but I do notleave the house. Yeah I do not leave the house and that's the king. Yeah. Mhm mary Kay. Not really Christie. Oh my gosh. Yes I I love it. I love it.I mean like literally I love it so much and this is like I'm not even kiddingyou my I used to make my dad their stand with me in line at walmart. LikeI wouldn't go there 364 days a year but like suddenly I need a 72 inch tv for$318. Like I need that. No I love it. I don't know what it is I've been sayingbut yeah I love I love your competitive, that's what it is. I am black fridaycyber monday. I love it all I and I mostly just do it online. Yeah. Yeah. Um yeah that would, I mean I don't knowhow people do that, luckily I live on Nantucket, nothing is open past sixp.m. on. Well I'm gonna say this that you guys like to be completely honestthe one year that we stood in line at walmart it was because there was a toythat we needed and the toy it was not available unless you were at walmart atmidnight and so that's why we went and stood in the walmart line otherwiselike we have cute little stores here and you know we just doesn't make youfeel good when you go in your little stores and buy stuff because he's likea leave the house the day after thanksgiving though. Like I well I wasgoing to say my pants don't sip anymore the day after thanksgiving where Ican't anymore. When when do you all start decorating for the holidays? Day after thanksgiving. Me too. Dayafter day after thanksgiving. Yeah...

...friday any holiday traditions with thator that's when the that's when the I saidcountry music, that's when the christmas music starts. That's when thelights come out. That's when everybody grumbles because I make them go to theattic and bring down the boxes and that all the hens. Yeah that's when tom andI have a massive fight about the writer, the rotary christmas tree lot hereopens the day after thanksgiving and were there at like eight a.m. And itwas like a real more person though so he's at like 6 45 because everyoneready is everyone up and I'm like oh my God but we're like there in early andget the tree, I love it, I love it all and last and last lightning roundquestion what book do you plan to gift? This holiday season mary Kay uh oh man you would ask me that assomeone else. I'm getting everybody. Vivian Howard's this way, I amofficially obsessed. We had around. That's a good one. What do you give anEllen? I'm giving my boyfriend, my the funny thing is my boyfriend is alsonamed him and I'm giving him uh Dave Rolls autobiography, the story. That'sa good one. I think biographies are really good for.Is this is going to sound so sexist? I think they're really good for jude's atchristmas. Yeah, what's sexist? Yeah, probably, yeah, but that isn't, that isa good gift. I think I'm in a give. Some people are friends and fictionreading journal, which is really cool and we're going to talk about that in aminute. Um but you know what I think would make a really cool gifts and Iwas thinking this when my aunt was reading your book Christie over thevacation, we were just on um I think the set of all four p street left bookswould be a great christmas gift this year with them, you know, with thechristmas book as the fourth book. So you know, that's new and you can kindof read the whole set at once. So I think that would be a nice little boxset and I figured out what I'm going to give. Uh the Atlanta Constitution did aworld series commemorative book and my grandson who's 10 is a huge braves fanand a huge baseball fan. I'm gonna give my going to get that for my son'steacher. He's a huge baseball fan. Uh and they do, I think a limited editionof a number of them. So that's what I'm gonna be giving. Okay, well, great,lightning round things. Wait, I have to say mine. I'm sorry Hattie is one kindof wardrobe. I got it for all my friends with her candles, awesome. Soglad you didn't skipper tim way. Okay, so we have another quick game thatwe're going to do and it's called wich pie am I right? The ladies includingAllen have all confided in me which is their favorite pie at thanksgiving. Sothe viewers at home, your mission should you choose to accept? It is toguess from the following description which pie am I? You can type yourguesses in the comments and once again, meg will choose a winner at random. Whoreceive a book from all five of these fabulous authors. So are we ready forwhose pie am I? Which I am eyes born ready? Okay, a better description. Ididn't know what we were doing. Number one Lemonade Pie. This is a magicalconcoction that my mom makes and I will send you guys the rest because it ismagic. So who's pie? Is that? Okay. Number two coconut cream with whippedmeringue. Honestly, anything with whipped mooring is my favorite but ontop of coconut cream. Seriously high is that Um Number three Apple and DriedCranberry with Streusel Topping. The inspiration for this recipe was my highschool lunchroom. The topping was so thick and crispy. You practically hadthe jackhammer to get to the fruit over the years. I've quadrupled the toppingto reach maximum chris nirvana whose pies that? Okay, number four village incandy cane pie. This is a french silk pie topped with a peppermint cream on achocolate cookie crust with candy canes on top. Looks delicious. And last creamybutterscotch pie, sweet and creamy and delicious and the perfect fall treat.Wow! All of those look so good. Yeah, starving. Okay, tell me your pies. Ellen, Mine was the butterscotch. Thatlooks so good. Mine was the village in candy cane pie. That was oh my gosh,mine was the apple cranberry streusel.

Yeah. And mine was the coconut creammeringue. Mine's lemonade, but it actually doesn't have meringue on top.Actually don't like meringue. Yeah, it's just a thing. We don't have income.I like meringues. Uh yeah, like meringue on my cake. It's weird. Idon't know if I have. Oh my gosh, Okay, tim. What's your favorite pie? Theclassic pumpkin pie at thanksgiving. Yeah, my favorite. I'll leave now I do.I love pumpkin, but I like pumpkin. Everything like pumpkin. Wait, I forgottim. I forgot to ask you the lightning round question, which was who what,what writer or author would you like to have on your show? Tim talks books of anybody you could choose? I think itwould have to probably be Stephen King because you know, I was in fourth gradewhen I picked up it which is in 1000 you can actually see it behind me. Ieven have a special edition right here. It's not ages. And in fourth grade Iwas reading it and I probably I mean I really shouldn't have been but firstbook that I I really just could I just could keep reading and reading andreading and to this day, I just love a really door stopper of a book that Ican just get lost into. So I think I have so many questions from such ayoung age for Mr King that I feel like that would be, That was I'm sorry, Iforgot to ask for your question. That's a good one too. Yeah, we have to get wehave to get Ellen off here pretty soon. So Ellen, before you go, would you giveus your best writing tip? My best writing tip, What is my bestOkay, my best writing tip is this dramatize, what does that mean? Thatmeans put your characters in a scene with setting with dialogue with aconflict show. Don't tell dramatize. That is like that Little Bit Good.That's a Great one. That's going to be our next t shirt. Elin Hilderbranddramatized, you know because we have to get Ellen off, I am going to switchthings around a little bit and ask her one more question and that is Ellen,would you tell us about your most memorable thanksgiving? Good or bad? Well, I feel like I have to do good. UmI feel like my, my best thanksgiving was the very first time that I cookedThanksgiving myself. It was in 2017. Is that ridiculous? I went to my mother's,you know, I always went to my in laws when I was married and I never evercooked dinner by myself but as a lot of you know, like I got divorced in 2013and I bought a house in 2015 and finally in 2017 I cooked my firstthanksgiving meal for myself and my Children. I did everything. I turned myown butter oh my God, on my instagram, what remember that, everything fromscratch and that, it was just me and my three Children very cozy, incrediblyspecial. And uh, so that I think is my number one thanksgiving. That's awesome.I love it. That's great. Okay, Ellen, we are gonna let you were going to kissyou goodbye. I do want to say before I leave um oh my gosh, I feel like I'mgonna cry. I am so proud of you guys for what you have built here and I, youknow I follow along and I watch and and the way that you have made reading funand alive and important and the and the community that you have felt, I am soproud of you and such a champion in such a fan and so in awe and yourfriendship is enviable and you know, I think in our business there's like alot of professional jealousy and maybe a bit of back stabbing and you know, weall read the article, bad art friend. And um, and there's none of that. Thisis really a loving community of sharing and support. And I just really want tosay you guys did have done a beautiful, beautiful thing. Well, thank you somuch for being you've been a big part of it. We can't think. I'm so grateful.I'm so grateful that you've included me and tim, you're my work husband. I loveyou and I'm picking you up on the boat on Wednesday or yeah, picking me up forstroll and we're going to sign all those copies of Winter Street. Yes. Soall the people that are calling for...

...their orders, they're coming. She'sjust not. She's not here yet. Yeah. Thank you. We'll see you soon. Thankyou. Oh, that was so great. Yeah, she's the best. She's the best. Well, we justwant to remind you guys tomorrow after the dishes are done and if you'resitting down to write out your christmas shopping list or you're likeme and you're like really strategizing on your black friday like take downwhich is going to be happening over here. Don't forget to add our gorgeousreading journal, which makes a great gift for the voracious reader in yourlife. You can slip it under the tree from you to you. I do that one for me.One for you know, um there is lots more Friends in Fiction March, alsoavailable at Oxford exchange including our winter bock, not our winter box,our christmas package where you can get all four of our books together. I'msupposed to say package. Don't say that, sorry, no package. And also I wanted tojust say thank you so much to our friends, Anissa who always does theseamazing um, Tuesday shoutouts launched a love for us and thanks for for doingthat. And for always, you know, telling our writer friends how much we lovethem. Yeah, yeah. Thank you. And lisa. All right, you're all listening to theWriter's Block Block podcast, aren't you? Well, if you aren't what are youwaiting for if your answer was no, because Friends and Fiction is morethan just the show. Yes, we are. We are actually living people out in the realworld and we have a podcast and new episodes launch every friday in twodays. You will hear the most wonderful podcast by our Ron block who interviewsto songwriters about storytelling as song and you know how much I love thatsubject. So I am so excited about this And it will drop friday morning and youdon't want to miss it. And just a quick reminder that you can also find usstreaming on a brand new platform called Loco Plus you can also, inaddition to local plus catch our live episode each week or any episode youmight have missed on our Youtube channel. So you can just type friendsand fiction into the search bar on Youtube. Or you can go to the link thatsean put up below we, you know, it seems like we have alot of reminders tonight but we just do because we have a lot going on. We alsowant to tell you to subscribe to both our newsletter and our Youtube channelso that you have access to all our past episodes and you never have to miss athing. And if you're wondering about our schedule, it's always on thefriends and fiction website and the fall schedules on our facebook banner. Now, ladies and tim um you know, we gotEllen out early, she got out of that recess early. But I wish all of youwould tell me uh tell everyone out there briefly, your most memorablethanksgiving, good and or bad tim. We're going to lead it off with you.Unfortunately, I feel I feel like I have to do a bad one because it wasreally, really bad when I was younger. We were, my whole family goes to mygrandparents which is about a quarter of a mile away from our house, you canliterally see our house from my grandparents house and we usually staythere the whole day and our house was broken into on things doing and thenwhen we got home everything was stolen and it was disappearing from that eventfor me and that we were that close and I was so young and just kind of uh Iwas talking to my mom earlier today about that and saying that you knowwhen you're younger and you can remember things and you but they'reusually probably because of pictures, this was such a memory to me that thereare no pictures of it, but I just remember so many different things aboutit, but so thanks, Caribbeans have only gotten better from there, butdefinitely my most memorable one, it's like a great stop before uh Ellen, oh Ellen, we already heard fromPatty, yeah when I was dating my husband 100 years ago he took me homefor thanksgiving to meet his family and we got there and it was going sosmoothly and so wonderfully and we were sitting around the table, big glassesof red wine on top of an antique white damn ist tablecloth. Hello? Yeah, yeahI reached across the table, knocked over the red wine stained thetablecloth and yep that was that and they bring it up every single oh mygosh! Well that's just it didn't ruin everything, but mine's actually likefrom the first year I was dating. Well...

...which is kind of funny but I took himhome to my house for thanksgiving and my mom and I, neither one are cookslike not at all. My grandmother is a really great one. Um But we are not andsomehow we thought we had bought a thawed turkey, but we had bought afrozen turkey and we stay up really late like when we're all together likethat and my whole family was there and like All my aunts, uncles, and cousinsand everyone were coming at like 11 a.m. to eat and about two a.m. Was likelet me just check out the turkey situation because I'll help you outwith the turkey because he's really he's a really good cook and he was likeum the turkey's frozen. So we had to like stay up all night with the turkeybecause it was frozen. So anyway it was, I can't remember the particulars andI'm sure someone's like you couldn't have done that. He would've gottensalmonella. I don't know, I don't remember what we did, but we didsomething and we stayed up all night with the brush was very memorable. Shecould have called the turkey talk line, I could have I could call the turkeytalk line. I didn't know Now, you know it's not mine I think was um I didn'tknow at the time it was going to be my favorite, thanksgiving but it was uh Ithink it was 2008, it was the last year that my grandparents were both stillalive, so my my my grandfather died in 2009 um and my grandmother uh wasdiagnosed with dementia fairly soon after that, so she was never reallyherself after that, that thanksgiving. Um and I thought that, you know, thatwas always thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was always with my mom's side of thefamily, was always with her parents, I was so close to my grandparents and Ithink back to that thanksgiving a lot um and how you never know that it'sgoing to be the last time that, you know, the last traditional gatheringwith, with people you love and I just took it for granted that year and and Iwish I hadn't, but but that's a memory, that means something and it's a memorythat reminds me to try to live in the moment and savor all of those newmemories we're creating, she just never know, you don't know, well, you know,my life's memorable thanksgiving, we're coming up on the 45th anniversary of itBecause Tom and I got married, Thanksgiving weekend 76, so my father'sfamily were irish catholic from Chicago, so they rolled off the plane on Tuesdayor Wednesday before thanksgiving and the party started because I know how toparty and then my husband's tom's family were um equation from Pittsburghand they drove down in giant Buicks with you know like mile long salamisand cabbage walls and um I think my memory is we had thanksgiving dinner atmy parents because my mom had the biggest dining room and oh my god, thelaughing and the feasting and the bringing together of Tom's family'sthanksgiving traditions with stuffed cabbage, and then my family's traditionwhich was mostly about potatoes and pie and uh we oh my god, I can remember andneighbors came over, there was a lot, there was a lot of drinking and wedon't know how we did this, we ended up playing twister, we're getting, youused to play twister, you have a lot of drunk adults and um it was one of thosejust, I don't know one of those kind of magical nights when you have twofamilies um you know, kind of different backgrounds, but actually more similarthan you would think about because they were both from, you know, up northernindustrial immigrant families, catholic families coming together and really itwas like uh it was really like a giant weekend long drinking game, thank youthe 20 it's really exciting, I love that, Ithink that speaking of drinking, that's a wrap of our 1/100 episode of Friendsand fiction, I feel pretty pretty, pretty sure that all of us, I wouldagree that at the top of our list of things to be grateful for. We would putthis fabulous community of readers, 100% writer's book lovers, booksellerslike tim, Thank you so much. Thank you, meg and Sean. And are you? So don't forget to stickaround for our butter, butter, butterball turkey, but turkey aftershow tim are you gonna hang? Are you going to go? I think I'm going to signoff, but I am going to say everyone raise their glass because I want tocheers you all. Thank you for having me and thank you. Congratulations onepisode 100. I hope I can come back for...

...episode 200. Yes, definitely invaded.Congratulations. And I'm really thankful for all of you as well. Thankyou. Thank you. Thank you. Thanks. Yeah. Uh well, that was fun. Welcome you guys to our Better ball.Talkin. Turkey after show. We're so excited that you're here. This isn'tparticularly good time to have a talk in turkey show, I think. Yeah. So whatare y'all doing? What's your what's your turkey problem? Just pictured. Iknow that the butter ball was over my, I texted him, I slipped him a littleextra to make patty. The butter ball. Yeah, well, I'll tell you that tom umdecided after he watched the Virginia Virginia. Uh Uh huh The Vivian Howardepisode last week? He decided that he would spatula cock our turkey. Oh, wow.So he has it brining. And then he is going to spatula cock it. It's a manroast it. That sounds good. And then all the sides are yes dispatch cockdrinking game is still on dispatch cock drinking game will never end. Like theship puns ship sons remember and last night we were talking we were talkinglast night or last week, we were talking about dispatch cock my Thompson.Every time I hear that word I think of the word bitch slap. For some reason wemade we made it almost a whole episode without adwords. We're close now. Timsaid damn it earlier. So never mind never mind. Well I think I don't thinkI ever realized that your anniversary was at thanksgiving much. Yeah. What a special anniversary?That's really 22 baby. We were 22 years old, Wow, that's kind of babies. Wewere 23 when will and I got married. Where are you? Really? And I I was 36 Ithink. 36. 35. 36. 35 I think. Yeah. Really? 27. Yeah, meg was 29. Yeah. Idon't know you're ready when you're ready? Whether you're Yeah, absolutely,Christie is as frozen as her thanksgiving turkey. Yeah. Yeah,freezes pretty. Doesn't she? Why do you do it like that? There you are thereYou have a why? You gotta say a word? I don't like this. You were frozen asyour turkey. Yeah. Are you doing the turkey or as welldoing it. Can you see me now. Yeah. Prison. Oh that's frozen. You can hearme but you can't see me. That's so weird because like mine is totallynormal. I can see myself. Um, they're definitely not. Me,definitely not me. But we have both our families coming, which is really fun.We've done that for like, gosh, like before we got married, we used to go tokinston and do his family thanksgiving. And then we were brought to salisburyand do my family thanksgiving. And I think it was the first year, maybe thesecond year we got married and we were like, I'm kind of done. Everyone cometo our house and everybody just like meets in the middle and now that we'reat the beach, like it's really fun because oh, that's perfect. Yeah,everybody likes to come. So, and I was actually thinking when you said thiskind of joking, but my grandmother is from eastern north Carolina originallyand she says, but a ball. But uh, what about that? I love it. I love it. Well,I'm proud of us, you know, 100 and I can't believe it. It's I, you know, aswe said during the show, I think we're all just so grateful. It's beyondanything we dreamed of. And, and it's, it's just been this beautiful thing.The dogs even agree. Okay, dogs agree. I think really sweet to hear Ellen andtim say it too because we know how much it means to us And it's nice to hearhow much it means to them to write other offers and you were go ahead. I'msorry you're just going to say you just wear with your whole family. So are yougonna are you all kind of thanksgiving? Yeah so I was with my mom's, my mom'sside of the family for my brother's wedding in Hawaii which was incredible.Um But for thanksgiving I think we're going to go down, we usually spendthanksgiving now with Jason side of the family um and then christmas with mymom. So we that's how we that's how we split it up. But everyone on Jason'sside of the family is such a good cook.

So we end up having just incrediblefood and incredible wine. They are also excellent shoppers of wine. So we haveamazing, amazing stuff. So are they good black friday shoppers that I thinkthat's not like you know something I was thinking earlier when I said Idon't do black friday. My father in law actually is the general manager of themall. Um And so we go visit him usually on black friday not to shop but they'realways winds up being shopping which with me his number. Exactly. Uh Okaypatty, what do you do? I know what patty's doing, I love the idea for, forthanksgiving. Yes we're going to the mountains and we have never done itbefore. We have we have celebrated every single thanksgiving except onewhere I think to, one where I fell off the mountain and one where somebody wasill but um we're going to the mountains for the first time and we are loadingup on board games and card games and um we're also celebrating my son's collegegraduation. So great! Congratulations! What a beautiful time. Yeah, so yeah,I'm really excited, I'm really excited. So I'm gonna go, I'm gonna go finishcooking. How about y'all? Yeah, I know I get to um you know I made my gravyyeah, last week. Um but I'm afraid I didn't make enough gravy because alongkeep a week you can phrase it. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, so I think you'regonna make some more gravy and I don't make my own pie crust all into that. Iknow I'm well this year because I wasn't in my own home with my ownkitchen um I did order the pies from the mountain farmers market, I didn'tdo that, but if we all get stuck tomorrow we can all call the butterballhotline, we can kind of want to do it just to see what they say. I know I wasthinking the same thing, but you know they're open all the way I believethrough the end of december. So I'm wondering about calling maybe like noton a date, you know what I mean like if we don't need the help tomorrow I justyeah I might need to help you but I kind of want to call in. I kind of wantto come up with a great turkey question for december because there's so manythings you can do with turkey after thanksgiving. And I wonder if theanswer leftover questions because like, I would love to know like, like, youknow like maybe like the best way to freeze your leftover turkey or like,you know, turkey last in the first uh Turkey, we do a men like that, we did atrial run of the butter ball um bone in turkey breast um before last. And itwas so good That I actually bought another one because we're gonna have, Idon't know, 12, 12 or 14 people. Um not everybody in the family can be here andmy son has to work. But so I think I just like, well let's just get that andum that you know, you put it in the, it's in the bag, it comes in the bag,it's crazy. Stupid good. And so you just, you know, um I'll do that one inthe oven um With two Evans because two people need two ovens. sure I will dothe bone in. I like the bone in because then I can use the the carcass make umstock and then I'll have our regular turkey, which tom has promised he'sgoing to scratch cock nice. You know, I believe that the butter ball bonelessturkey breast if I'm remembering correctly because I think we've made itbefore is freezer to oven. So that's a good one to keep on hand if you end upwith more people Like you know sometimes the day of like you thinkyou're having 14 people and it'll wind up being 18. Yeah, I'm rememberingright? That's like a 2.5 hour or three hour cook time. So it's one of thoseones you can throw in last minute to accompany the turkey, which I think isnot what I did when I did the first one. I, you know, I didn't even read thedirections. I put it in the fridge to um it's a different Yeah, yeah. So itthought in the fridge and we just cooked at it. I was, I literally had asigning event for the santa suit. Did you see how I put that book in there?Yeah, uh I got the turkey was ready. Uh well ladies cheers to y'all and twohours are amazing readers out there. I...

...wish we were in because we've all gotour glasses. Thank you. See, you can see what ending one for you. One for me.I alright, I love you. Happy before we leave to see you next week. Happythanksgiving everyone and happy thanksgiving everybody celebrate butterall is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Turkey talk line. If you need anyhelp tomorrow. Give him a cup. Happy thanksgiving everybody. Thank you for tuning in. You can joinus every week on Facebook or YouTube, where our live show airs on Wednesdaynights at seven p.m. eastern time, also subscribe to our podcast and follow uson Instagram. We're so glad you're here.

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