Hubbard native tells her moving stories

hHubbard native tells her moving stories

Hubbard native Diane Laney Fitzpatrick, who has moved cross country nine times, has written a humorous memoir about her experiences in changing addresses.

The book, titled “Home Sweet Homes: How Bundt Cakes, Bubble Wrap and My Accent Helped Me Survive Nine Moves,” shares her many trials and tribulations and even offers tongue-in-cheek how-to lessons.

Fitzpatrick is a former Vindicator reporter, as is her husband, Tim Fitzpatrick. She has worked as a freelance writer, blogger and Internet content provider and invites readers to tell their own moving stories on her website, There, readers can find her blog about moving and read about her most-recent move from Florida to California.

In her book, Fitzpatrick describes her moves with babies, toddlers, teens and dogs, frogs and goldfish, which took place over a 20-year period and through seven states.

“Home Sweet Homes” is available in paperback for $9.99, and the Kindle version is $6.99. It can be bought on and

‘State of Wonder’ will be discussed


The Salem Public Library’s Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library’s Quaker Room, 821 E. State St.

The group will discuss Amy Patchett’s book “State of Wonder.” The New York Times best-selling author has set her adventure story in the Amazon rain forest.

Copies are available from the Adult Services Department at the library. Participation in the book discussion group is open to all adults and is free. No registration is needed. For information, call the library at 330-332-0042.

Grace Jones memoir planned for next fall


Grace Jones, who once vowed she’d never write a memoir, has changed her mind.

The model, actress, singer and Studio 54 legend has an agreement with Gallery Books for a book scheduled to come out next fall. Gallery, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced that the book is currently untitled.

In a statement released by Gallery, Jones noted that her song “Art Groupie” began with the line, “I’ll never write my memoirs.” What made her give in? If she didn’t do it, someone else would.

Among the stories the 65-year-old Jones plans to share: rooming with Jerry Hall and hanging out with Jessica Lange, collaborating with Andy Warhol, and acting with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Controversial JFK book to be reissued


One of the most controversial books about John F. Kennedy, William Manchester’s “The Death of a President,” is being reissued as an e-book and paperback.

Little, Brown and Company announced that “Death of a President” will be available Oct. 8. It’s currently out of print.

Manchester’s book had been authorized by the Kennedy family soon after JFK’s murder but was delayed after Jacqueline Kennedy threatened legal action to stop publication. She objected to plans to serialize the book and reportedly was concerned about passages that criticized then-President Lyndon Johnson, who had a tense relationship with the Kennedys.

Some material was removed. The book was published in 1967 and became a best-seller.

Numerous books are coming out this fall to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination.

Staff/wire reports

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