Sheryl Sorrentino

Land of the Freaked and the Home of the Dazed

December 10, 2016

Trolling for sample emails and information about imploring electoral college electors to “vote their conscience,” I stumbled upon some alarming and sobering comments from people who have already done so and been rebuked by these haughty public officials. Case in point: a woman who emailed the electoral college only to receive the following (highly abridged) response to her very innocuous email:

“Nice try though to get Electors to place their personal opinion above the will of the people.

Please note that, in my state, Elector voting is regulated by state law (i.e, Electors are bound by state law in regards to how each will vote). Also in my state, encouraging someone to violate a law is a CRIME. Since you are encouraging me to violate a state law, I have turned your email request over to the proper legal authorities for their handling as to a legal disposition. Good luck with that. Signed: 7th Congressional Chairman GOP

Jerry Rovner CAPT (USNR/NJSG-ret) Freedom is not Free”


Is this for real? And, if so, does it sound like America to you?? I’m almost afraid to post this blog! Aside from feeling shocked, disappointed, and upset by November’s election results, I am growing increasingly frightened as events continue to unfold since Election Day. Every new incident points to an incoming oligarchy, with its attendant and swift denial of Constitutional protections and human rights for ordinary citizens like you and me. I legitimately fear four years (and possibly many more) marred by escalating strife, ever-increasing moral and physical decay, mounting desperation, and—unimaginably—all of this culminating in armed conflict on our own soil. Think this notion is crazy? Have you any idea how many guns there are in our country—legal or otherwise? Given that every boundary of decorum, truth, and common sense was breached during this unprecedented election, is it irrational of me to perceive my nation—and our future—as being in imminent peril?

Before Mr. T. won the electoral vote, I didn’t realize just how much I took my country for granted. I never even thought about it. Like a dependable-if-sometimes-arranged marriage of 36 years’ duration (that’s how long I’ve been voting), I loved my homeland and made certain assumptions about it—one of them being I don’t have to hawk-watch everything my government does, and I can go about my business and live my life in relative peace. I presupposed a certain amount of cheating (i.e., thievery), in exchange for which I expected this country’s elected officials to maintain an outward semblance of decency while they did their jobs—the most important of those being keeping the “system” on track and preventing derailment when Corporate America oversteps.

But now, I can’t focus on anything but the news—on what our president-elect will do next. Fearing each subsequent outrage, I check my phone and iPad several times daily. Every time, I have a visceral reaction to the latest cabinet appointment, outlandish tweet, or reported hate crime. Maybe I should stop following the reports. Clearly, it is upsetting me. I am self-aware enough to ask whether I am having an unjustified knee-jerk reaction to everything DT says and does, but I don’t think so: To react in any other way to this Machiavellian aftermath would be to make excuses in order to safeguard a delusion of blissful ignorance.

Indeed, some friends and colleagues recommend limiting media exposure, for our own sanity. That would undeniably ameliorate my frame of mind in the short run, but to what end? If I have to blind myself to reality in order to preserve my sanity, how does that make me sane? How “sane” is it for otherwise rational people to willfully stick their heads in the sand while a groping conman—the literal embodiment of the emperor with no clothes—rapes our country from behind, and the legitimately insane cheer our debasement in celebration?

If you think I am overreacting, please leave a respectful comment and explain why. Keep in mind, “Let’s wait and see how it goes” is a calming platitude—until we find ourselves careening toward a crash landing with an egomaniacal celebrity apprentice at the helm. If only real life could be more like Madam Secretary, where each Sunday night our untarnished nation records another happy ending—brought to you by competent and compassionate statesmen and -women. I fear this chapter of our real history will not end as rosily.



Not My Abusive Father

November 30, 2016

This isn’t a blog about resisting Trump. Pundits far more courageous and activist than I have been blogging abundantly about that topic—and I hope they continue to do so. Like many people, I have been experiencing unrelenting anxiety anticipating Trump’s impending inauguration. And let’s not kid ourselves: Despite wishful thinking (and a glimmer of hope) about recounts, electoral college rebels, and inevitable impeachments, we must all steel ourselves for the fact that Trump w...

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“Trolls” on Goodreads?

October 15, 2016

Who are these faceless, photo-less “members” who have seemingly joined Goodreads for the sole purpose of panning books with one- and two-star ratings? I've been slogging along at this writing game for over five years now, with five titles on Goodreads and another in the works. Lately, I’ve begun seeing new rankings popping up on my Goodreads pages almost daily.

At first, I was excited. I thought, “Maybe I’ve finally broken through! Maybe people are finally starting to notice m...

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The People vs. Greed

July 17, 2016
The People vs. GreedThe People vs. Greed by Joseph W. Cotchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The People vs. Greed is a difficult read, both in the sense that it will turn your stomach, and in the sense that it is a well-researched, “lawyerly” tome that is laden with facts and hard evidence. Like a crime scene photo in a criminal trial, it is ugly to look at but impossible (and immoral) to turn away from. This book contains few, if any, “fluffy” vignettes that so typify today’s nonfiction. Rather than being ...
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The Daddy Diaries

January 10, 2016
The Daddy DiariesThe Daddy Diaries by Joshua Braff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d give The Daddy Diaries a solid 3.75. If you’re familiar with the Australian TV series House Husbands, Joshua Braff’s "take" on the subject could easily become the U.S. adaptation.

What I liked: The tender scenes between diarist Jay and his depressed son, Alex. The fact that the economic role reversal between Jay and wife Jackie is not a source of friction—Jay is secure enough in his manhood to appreciate his wife for who she...

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The Two-Family House

December 28, 2015
The Two-Family HouseThe Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Two-Family House is an engaging, quick read I could not put down. My own mother and aunt and their two husbands lived in a similar setup in Brooklyn in the 1950s. After my parents moved to Queens, Long Island in 1958 to raise their growing family, we visited the two-family Brooklyn house each Christmas when I was a young child. There I witnessed an easy, open flow of activity and communication between my aunt’s and cous...
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Run Reader, Run

December 20, 2015

Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir of a Murder in My FamilyRun, Brother, Run: A Memoir of a Murder in My Family by David Berg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A murder in any family is “tell-worthy,” so you would think the story someone’s of brother being murdered would be especially so. Alan Berg’s disappearance and murder were indeed gut-wrenching to read about. However, while Run Brother, Run starts off tender and funny and engaging—full of quirky characters and ethnic “heart,” as it were, what promises at the outset to be an intimate “tell...
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What Makes a "Good Father"?

October 24, 2015
The Good FatherThe Good Father by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I’m not sure whether it merits four or five stars, but only because it isn’t a great work of literature. The writing is fairly simple. But after abandoning Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend after 222 pages (of 658!), “great literature” wasn’t what I was looking for. The Good Father proves that not every tale must be told with brilliant prose in order to be great.

And make no mistake, The Good Fat...

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Six Stars to "The Rest of Her Life"

September 4, 2015
The Rest of Her LifeThe Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From practically the opening page, this story was intense, emotional and gripping. The Rest of Her Life shows us how, from one minute to the next, one error in judgment—a teeny, tiny moment of inattention—can profoundly alter so many lives forever. I found both the plot and characters to be intelligent, moving, and utterly convincing.

Distracted by a stray dog, eighteen-year-old Kara Churchill accidentally hits and kills a pede...

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Orange is the New Black

July 26, 2015
I’ve become hooked on the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. What a coup for Piper Kerman (author of the book by the same name)! I wish one of my books would get turned into a TV series. But seriously, unless someone you know is in prison, who even thinks about inmates or correctional institutions? The disenfranchised are tidily tucked away from view; we have no idea what goes on in such places, nor do we care. For raising our “corrections consciousness,” I give props to Ora...
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Sheryl Sorrentino: Real Fiction for Real Women™

Sheryl Sorrentino is a practicing attorney by day who unexpectedly discovered her passion for writing after learning of a long-deceased half-brother in 2007. She is the author of five novels (Later With Myself: The Misadventures of Millie Moskowitz; An Unexpected Exile; The Floater; Stage Daughter and Stop & Frisk) with a sixth (Smarter Than That) slated for release Spring of 2017. She lives with her husband and teenage daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can learn more about Sheryl Sorrentino by visiting her Facebook page at!/pages/Sheryl-Sorrentino/249323025094995. Follow Sheryl on Twitter at @SherylSorrentin.