Welcome, Franny!

Welcome, Franny!

We’re thrilled to officially introduce Franny Eremin, the newest member of the Cup of Jo team. She’s smart, hilarious and you’re going to love her. As editorial assistant, Franny will be working with us on all kinds of things, including managing our food series, helping with social media and writing posts. She has already written about coming out at work and convinced us all to get signet rings. Here are some fun facts about her, plus a few other site announcements…

Her backstory:
Franny grew up in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, a small village in the Hudson Valley. After graduating from Smith College in 2016, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. She worked at Penguin Random House for two years before joining Cup of Jo this April. Franny lives in Brooklyn with her best friend from college.

Lightning Round Q&A:

TV obsession:
I’m currently into stand-up comedy specials (HI, HANNAH GADSBY), and I could watch Veep on repeat.

Favorite book:
It’s a tie, between Tell the Wolves I’m Home and A Little Life. I’m a huge fan of intense, literary fiction and both of these fit the bill. I read A Little Life last summer and haven’t found a book that I’ve enjoyed as much since. Recommendations are welcome!

A random pet peeve:
When a toilet paper roll runs out, and instead of replacing it, the next person just leaves a new roll on top. C’mon, man.

Favorite trip:
Last year, my girlfriend Kerry and I took a trip to Big Sur. We were looking to escape the East Coast winter, but it ended up raining the ENTIRE time, so much so that most roads along the Pacific Coast highway were closed. It was a blast, though. We stayed in a cozy Airbnb, went to a local yoga studio every day and played round after round of Rummikub.

What you make for dinner when you’re home alone:
PB&J on the softest country white bread.

Three New York recommendations:
Take a nap in a hammock on Governor’s Island, eat at Frankie’s Spuntino (get the cavatelli!), and hunt down a Mister Softee truck for a twist cone with rainbow sprinkles.

Personal fun fact:
I’ve chipped my front tooth four times, once on a stale bagel of all things, so now I cut up anything that needs to be bitten into directly, like an apple or cheeseburger.

The #1 thing on your summer wish list:
I’m looking for a new suitcase! I haven’t had a functional rolling suitcase for years. I’m saving up for one like this.

Irrational fear:
Birds. That is all.

Posing hard in California.

Welcome, Franny!

Franny with her girlfriend, Kerry.

Welcome, Franny!

Enjoying nature/freezing in Skógar, Iceland.

Plus, a few more Cup of Jo updates:

We’re thrilled to introduce a few more awesome voices, including a new finance columnist, Paco de Leon and wellness columnist, Erica Chidi Cohen. Paco founded The Hell Yeah Group, a financial firm focused on inspiring creatives to be engaged with their finances, and is eager to tackle everyone’s pressing questions about all things money. Erica is a doula, educator and co-founder of LOOM, and her words on everything from bodies to pregnancy feel like a giant pep talk from your best friend.

As far as our long-term team, Ashley Ford, whom we adored in all ways, had come on last November to be a contributing writer, but shortly afterward got an amazing book deal and has to focus on that. (Bravo, Ashley, we love you!) And yes, the widely beloved Caroline is officially back as our features editor! We have a few other exciting things in the works, so please stay tuned.

Thank you, as always, for reading. We feel lucky every day to have this special community. xoxo

(Photos courtesy of Franny.)

  1. Kate says...

    Welcome Franny! I’m excited to see your posts!

    I’m excited for Paco and Erica too! I’d love if one of Erica’s first posts was about questions to ask/things to look for when selecting a doula!

  2. Tshego says...

    We loooove a successful & growing team! Welcome Franny

  3. Tricia J says...

    PB&J on the softest country white bread…woman after my own heart! I eat the exact same thing when I’m eating dinner alone at home

  4. natasha says...

    I’m afraid and have an irrational fear of birds too!

  5. Nicole says...

    Ugh not another glowing review of A Little Life. Blurgh. But seriously- how exciting to have a growing team and flourishing blog. :)

    • B says...

      hear hear. I kept waiting to stop being beaten about the head with that book, and that time never came. The only reason I finished it was because I read it in the wee hours of the night while breastfeeding my first. I believe my judgment was impaired, and I still hated the last 4/5 of it.

      Rest of news is A+.

  6. London says...

    Franny and Kerry both have the most astoundingly even teeth and happy happy smiles. Bravo, girls! Dental care is important.

    • Carla says...

      That funny I thought the same! 😉😊

  7. Nina says...

    Welcome Welcome to everyone. Love the updates. Excited to see how everything rolls out.

  8. Mona says...

    Two of my favorite books, too! I’m gonna like her.

  9. Em says...

    Okay I adore your three simple recommendations from a New Yorker. To show my appreciation, I’d like to give my three recommendation for Los Angeles as a native:

    1) find a street with rows of palm tree and lay in the grass staring up at them.
    2) go get a drink (or a bite if you don’t drink) at Musso and frank’s to feel a bit of old Hollywood
    3) Friday night jazz (it’s free) at Lacma

  10. jordan leigh crump says...

    Welcome Franny & YES to A Little Life. I read this book probably two years ago and nothing has moved me the same way since.

  11. Lynn says...

    I too have a fear of birds! You must be AWESOME!!! Welcome.

  12. Sydni Jackson says...

    Awesome, awesome team!! Excited to hear about all the new members :) Best wishes to Ashely on her book!

  13. Courtney says...

    Welcome, Franny! ’06 sib here, happy to see you!

    Funny – I read Tell the Wolves I’m Home a few years ago and don’t remember it making a big impression, but re-downloaded it onto my Kindle after reading this post and am now devouring it. It is so moving.

    A hearty second/third/fourth for Americanah. I shed a few tears upon finishing, knowing I would never again read it for the first time (my comment above about Tell the Wolves notwithstanding, ha).

  14. Alicia McGrail says...

    Welcome, Franny! I love your posts so far, glad you’re here.

    I’m also planning a trip to Big Sur in a few months, but accommodations seem … challenging, to say the least. If you don’t mind sharing, would you let me know more about the cozy Airbnb that you loved? :)

    Thanks!

  15. Sasha L says...

    Just when I think I couldn’t possibly love COJ and the team any more, a doula comes on staff!!!! Heart eyes forever. Can we do nothing but talk birth babies mamas every Thursday?? Yes??

    Hi Frannie! I love your outfit in that first pic ❤️ welcome, so wonderful to hear all about you. That pic in Iceland, enjoying nature/freezing, yep! This is how I have fun/suffer too.

    Best of luck Ashley! I’ve been missing your voice here, so glad to hear you are doing well 😊 I hope you’ll be back when you have the chance.

  16. Lisa says...

    Yay Caroline is back for real!!!

  17. Lauren Roche says...

    Franny, if you liked Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special, watch the Australian tv series ‘Please Like Me’. Darkly funny.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Thank you, Lauren! Can’t wait to watch it!

  18. Kaitlyn M. says...

    Welcome Franny!

    So happy to see a fellow Cornwallian (CCHS ’07) working for one of my favorite websites. What a fantastic opportunity – can’t wait to see what you write next!

  19. Briana says...

    Missing Ashley’s voice already! Hope she comes back when she finishes her book like Caroline :)

  20. Kristen says...

    Welcome! I too loved A Little Life. I would HIGHLY recommend The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne it’s a MUST READ and it will leave you in a daze and pull out your heartstrings and gah so much love for that book.

  21. Margaret Kelley says...

    The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai! She is friends with the author of Tell The Wolves I’m Home.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Bringing this on vacation next week!!! So excited to read it.

  22. Lilly says...

    Welcome, Franny! (Also PACO!!! I love their work!!!)

  23. K says...

    Hope you don’t mind that I’m definitely going to add you on all social media. Love the CoJ team and can’t wait to read more! Franny, I loved your heartfelt piece on coming out at work!

  24. Lulu says...

    Welcome Franny!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  25. Elizabeth says...

    OMG ERICA CHIDI COHEN !!! This pregnant lady is obsessed with her and so so so bummed that Loom is all the way across the country in LA. Can’t WAIT to hear more from Erica!

  26. Welcome! I love the smart, talent, beautiful women of CoJ, readers included. What an amazing community. So excited to see what is to come!

  27. Lauren Hildreth says...

    YES, PACO!!!! I have been getting her newsletter for the longest time and LOVE it. She’s given me a lot more confidence in my competence with regard to financial matters. So glad she’s joining as a columnist. :)

  28. sadie says...

    OH my gosh. Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Top 5 favorite novels!! I’ve never known anyone else to know it! I hope you write book recommendations posts, too!

    Welcome. :)

  29. Nicole says...

    Very excited to have Caroline back. Can we get Mari back too! :)

    Can’t wait to see what is to come.

  30. Loved Nanette! Am eager to try your book recommendations! Please oh please read Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill. Favorite book I’ve read in the last 5 years, at least! It’s told in an unusual way, almost like epic poetry, but easier to digest and so damn honest. I want to read it over and and over and over.

  31. Paige says...

    OKAY, she is adorable! Also, her and her girlfriend have PERFECT teeth.

    • Katrin says...

      Haha, you are so right. Now you’ve made me envious;-). Franny, do you have a tip on how to keep your teeth so white in a healthy way? And welcome, Franny! I’m looking forward to reading more posts from you.

    • Jamie says...

      Ha, that’s the first thing I noticed too!

  32. Nicole Brant says...

    Welcome, Franny! (love your name, btw) I’d love to see a post on your Iceland trip!

  33. Yay! I love all the diversity being added to this blog! Womxn ROCK!

  34. NS says...

    Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette is amazing. So intelligent and powerful. Should be mandatory education, especially for white male politicians.

  35. Alex H. says...

    SO much excitement in one post. Welcome, Franny! Welcome back Caroline! Good luck, Ashley! And, welcome all the great new contributors. Excited to learn from these lady bosses on this crazy ride that is life.

  36. Charu says...

    Welcome Franny,eager to hear more from you😊

    And about birds:

    One day I was minding my own business and riding my bike superfast when out of nowhere a bird flew right into my freaking FACE!!! And kept trying to fly away fluttering in front of my chest and face😱it was so sudden and it may have only lasted for a couple of minutes but it literally traumatized me to this day 😅😅

    The fear is NOT irrational at all..there is a good reason Hitchcock made BIRDS not squirrels!😒#vicious

    • Oh man! I’m not afraid of birds, but that would change my feelings in a hurry.

  37. laura says...

    Along with a great team, I just wanted to add that CoJ has the best user experience. No ads that distract from the content, no repetitive pop ups badgering readers to subscribe for alerts or a newsletter, all sponsored posts are titled and fit with your posts – it’s just great. I love that this site focuses on its amazing content. It has gotten so difficult to read some blogs due to pop ups, scrolling through the homepage to find the latest story, videos that start automatically, and then NSFW ads. Plus, the dedication to your readers is clear and always appreciated.

    Keep up the amazing work! And excited for the growth of the CoJ team!

    • Noelle says...

      +100 to this. Thank you so much CoJ team!

    • Samantha says...

      I second this!

    • SR says...

      I third this! Thanks CoJ team!

  38. Amanda says...

    I never buy new suitcases, I recommend hitting up a Goodwill or a second hand store for suitcases. There are usually good quality Travelpros there that former airline employees no longer need. Save your hard earned money for the actual trip or the things that go inside the suitcase. :)

  39. Lucie says...

    I just checked out Paco’s website, and as a daily (sometimes obsessively-checking-a-few-times-just-to-make-sure-there’s-not-a-new-post) COJ reader, I have to say I didn’t know there could be an addition that would make me want to check EVEN MORE OFTEN for new posts, but this seems to be it. EXCITED! IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT!

    • Caitlin says...

      Could not agree with this more!! My 29th birthday is next week and I have declared it my year of money and power (ha!) but seriously I am officially focusing my year goal on getting over my fear of money and quitting my job to work for myself…couldn’t be a greater addition!!! Love COJ forever and ever and ever and ever…

  40. Julie says...

    Would anyone in NYC be interested in a CoJ book club?? I would love this more than anything!

    • Bobby says...

      Yes!!!

    • Tara Bee says...

      YAS!!

    • naomi says...

      !!!!!!
      yesssssssssssssss :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, we were just talking about that! would love to brainstorm more xoxo

    • Callie says...

      Yes!!

    • Lauren E. says...

      Yes please!!

    • Helen says...

      YES!! I’m in and will bring baked goods : )

    • Althea T says...

      Yes! So interested in this!

  41. Judy says...

    The picture of the two of them with the wind blowing their hair. Adorable!~

  42. Lisa says...

    Welcome! I love VEEP too – awesome show! Looking forward to reading your contributions :)

  43. Jill says...

    Love it, so happy for you and we are all so proud! :) CoJ merch soon?! ;)

  44. lindsay says...

    Birds! They’re my irrational fear, too!

  45. GJ says...

    Seeing Cup of Jo grow and diversify makes me extra proud to be part of this community. So many smart, creative, beautiful women – bravo!

    Incredibly happy for Ashley and cannot wait to read her book but sad that we’ll miss her voice here!

  46. Claire says...

    I am looking forward to reading all the new content. Welcome to the fray, Frannie & other new voices.
    I hope Ashley will send a postcard from her new adventure. Best of luck to her.

  47. Lauren E. says...

    The fact that 75% of her answers were about food leads me to believe I will enjoy EVERYTHING she has to say here! Welcome, Franny!

    Also super excited for more articles on finance. Paco’s Instagram is giving me life.

  48. Karina says...

    Welcome Franny! And can I just say that I am over the moon to see Caroline back as features editor. That made my day.

  49. Can we make a list of books for people that are still struggling to find something as transporting and consuming as A Little Life?

    • Meghan W. says...

      So much yes!

    • Kelli says...

      I feel that way after recently reading The Goldfinch. Nothing else comes close!

    • Yes please!

    • Eloise says...

      Yes, please!!!! (And, I felt that way after Goldfinch, too, until I found A Little Life!)

    • Connor says...

      I freaked out about the Luminaries and the Essex Serpent but have not read a Little Life so I have no idea if they are good recommendations.

    • See @thebookpervert on Instagram! Loved The Essex Serpent too; truly transporting. The Luminaries is on my list :)

      Otherwise, try:
      My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (dark, haunting, beautiful)
      The Sport of Kings by C E Morgan (rich, expansive, energetic)
      The North Water by Ian McGuire (visceral, suspenseful, atmospheric)
      Lincoln in the Bardo (INCREDIBLE, lush, unique)

      Happy reading!

    • Laura says...

      I loved The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

    • Amanda says...

      I haven’t read this book, but just added it to my list! I have to say Station Eleven was the best book I’ve read in a long time. Definitely “transporting” in a way I haven’t felt with a book since Harry Potter, honestly. I’m not a sci-fi fan (I think this technically is?) but I LOVED this book!

    • Cait says...

      yes yes yes!

    • Georgina says...

      I loved Lincoln in the Bardo, but I know that’s a bit of a marmite read! Also, very different, but I read Americanah in 2013 and I still think about it!

  50. Welcome Franny! This might be the final push I need to dive into “A Little Life.” Have you read the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante? It’s a four book series that starts with “My Brilliant Friend.” When you said you liked intense literary fiction they immediately came to mind. Likely less intense than “A Little Life” from what I heard—or, maybe more accurately, intense in a different way. It takes a little bit to get into the first one (because the series chronicles a friendship and starts when the girls are young) but I truly LOVED it. Favorite series of all time.

    Favorite stand alone novel of all time: “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry. Which is literary and VERY intense. Highly highly recommend given your tastes. :) xo

    • Lisa says...

      I feel compelled to give a warning about A Fine Balance. It’s beautiful and great but really depressing. A friend recommended it to me and I read it on holiday, but I’ve never really forgiven her for not warning me

    • Lucie says...

      100000%!!! I am finishing the fourth book right now, and I don’t want them to end. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books.

    • Yella says...

      The Neapolitan Quartet — YES. Those characters invaded me! Cannot recommend enough, especially for those who speak a Romance language. What a stunning translation from Italian.

  51. Rae says...

    It’s very exciting to see the CoJ team grow, and with such great voices! Also, as a long-time reader, I really appreciate the behind-the-scenes looks at what’s happening with CoJ. We all get to know the team a little bit, and I value the transparency and occasional looks at who’s coming and going and what else is happening on the back-end. It makes things feel real and connected, and it’s just interesting to see into the business sometimes! Bravo Joanna and CoJ team.

  52. Maggie says...

    Welcome, Frannie! I loved Erica’s last article for the blog, and I just checked out Paco’s Hell Yeah site and I love it too! But I will really miss Ashley!!

  53. Looking forward to reading your posts and totally with you on the toilet paper situation (though Im guilty of it sometimes too)!

  54. Amber J says...

    So exciting! Welcome, Franny, as well as the other contributors! <3

  55. Nancey says...

    Wait. Kerry? so familiar! I think I saw her on tv or something? Was there some sort of a special years ago and she was in it? I know that’s weird, but I really know her face (beautiful face, both).

    I really enjoyed Everything Here is Beautiful, I don’t know if I will find another book I love as much this year, I just adored it. Welcome Franny!!

  56. Susan says...

    A Gentleman in Moscow!!

    • LOR says...

      I love Rules of Civility, and when A Gentleman in Moscow came out I was so excited. But in the end I was so disappointed. Can I ask what you liked about the book? Maybe I need to reread it. Maybe I just liked Rules of Civility too much that nothing else can compare! Haha.

    • Rosa says...

      I second this book recommendation. Dont read any reviews just read the book. His writting is sooo beautiful

    • laura says...

      I second Lor’s comment on A Gentleman in Moscow. I felt underwhelmed by it all. Would love to hear contrasting opinions and why.

      (wow that statement made me feel like a high school english teacher)

  57. Elysha says...

    Excited to have a Smithie sib on board!
    I loved Circe by Madeline Miller, as well as her first book, Song of Achilles. And I’d be remiss not to mention my favorite book by my favorite author…my husband! It’s Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks. When he was writing it I was reading chapter by chapter and it was so hard because I always wanted to turn the page but the next page hadn’t been written yet!

  58. Marcy D says...

    Oh Mister Softie!!! One of my favorite memories from visiting my grandma Brooklyn in the summer time but I’ve been afraid the trucks were gone.

  59. Renee says...

    I recently saw a sign that said, “Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change the toilet paper roll.” So true!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha love that, renee.

  60. PB&J on the softest country bread is what I make for dinner when I’m home alone too :) If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life, that would be it!

  61. Beth says...

    Welcome Franny!
    Love Nanette! Hannah Gadsby in a fellow Aussie and lives in my city. Such a powerful show!

    I also love an intense read however am I the only person who hated ‘a little lie’ agh! I found it so melodramatic and contrived! I much prefer jonathan frozen, jeffrey eugenides or Donna tart to hit that spot for me!

    • A says...

      Not the only person to hate A Little Life! It did absorb me, true, and I enjoyed some of the writing, but for me it got increasingly silly and hyperbolic as it went on. Like, seriously – every person who picks up young runaway Jude in their car is a rapist? Every single one? Day after day after day? I also disliked the fact that his miserable back story was the motivating factor making me turn the pages. Basically the plot driver was ‘let’s see who rapes him next!’ and I found that increasingly distasteful.

      In total agreement about Donna Tartt however – she gives me the perfect literary hit every time. I just wish she took less time between novels.

    • Naomi says...

      No no, you’re not the only one! A Little Life is “misery lit” in the truest sense- I was hundreds of pages in and couldn’t finish it as I was so miserable :(
      Kate Atkinson (Life After Life, A God in Ruins) has a book coming out this fall- Transcription. I’m really looking forward!

    • B says...

      No, I hated A Little Life. Plus pretty much all Franzen and Tartt, too. Eugenides had me with Middlesex but lost me with everything else. And I refuse to apologize for not fawning.

  62. Nina says...

    George Eliot – ‘The Mill On The Floss’. Definitely intense, definitely literary!

  63. Karen says...

    So exciting! Franny sounds so much fun, Im looking forward to her posts already! But one questions remains: what happend to Megan Cahn? Thanks for sharing!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Yes I second this!! I enjoyed Megan’s writing and she disappeared:(

  64. ellie says...

    @Joanna, does this mean you’ll increase the posting schedule from 2x a day?? Would love that.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      with a couple more contributors, we are actually excited to being doing more ambitious posts vs. doing more frequent shorter posts, and we’re also focusing on social media and other projects, which have been on the back burner in the past. hope this helps!! excited for the year ahead xoxooxo

  65. Welcome Franny!
    Self promotion here: follow @thebookpervert on Instagram for my (good, if I say so myself!) book recommendations – short insta-reviews of mostly contemporary literary fiction (including A Little Life, which broke me) – great when you never know what to read next! xxx PS Hannah Gadsby is everything

  66. Laura C. says...

    Oh, I’m laughing right now because I thought that Paco de Leon was a man (since Paco is a male name in Spanish) and I thought, “well, finally CoJ features a man!” and now I learn that she is a woman! I am looking forward for her advice in finances!

  67. You looking awesome Franny. All the pictures are beautiful. Always the best time to have a trip with a family.

  68. Lilly says...

    Caroline!!

  69. Annelies says...

    You hire so well, always nice to hear new voices on the blog. If I count well you are now six in the team and two additional writers. That seems a lot of people. I’d love to know what everyone does for the blog and how a day looks like for each one of you. Would love to get a peek behind the scenes of the blog. Definitely love coming to this place. Keep up the good work!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we actually have four full-time people (stella, franny, caroline and me), as lexi is on extended maternity leave, and paco and erica are columnists, meaning they’ll write a great column once per month.

      for our full-timers, caroline handles sponsor relationships and sponsored content, edits our contributing writers and writes editorial posts; stella takes the lead on social media and art direction, as well as writing editorial posts; i manage our overall editorial strategy/vision/calendar, edit everyone’s posts, scout candidates (for house tours, week of outfits, motherhood around the world, etc.), write posts, and handle hiring and HR; and franny writes posts, manages the food series and assists us all on our projects. of course, that’s a very simplified description of everyone’s roles but hope that helps! :)

  70. Jen says...

    You guys, I love this soace so much!!! Welcome, Franny! Congrats, Ashley! So excited for the new contributors and for Caroline’s return!

  71. Gloria says...

    Welcome Franny!

    So excited for Ashley, but bummed she won’t be part of CoJ. I was so excited when there was a plus size woman of color brought on board. I really like CoJ but as a plus size woman of color who presents white, I find myself wishing there was someone like me writing for this space.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hear you, gloria! we have more contributing writers coming up, please stay tuned! i think you’ll love them.

    • Gloria says...

      Will do! Excited to see what’s on the horizon!

  72. Kara says...

    Welcome Franny! Excited about all the updates.

    I recommend….not getting a roller suitcase for your next suitcase!! After having countless suitcases break a wheel or two for who-knows-what reason (even nice, expensive ones), we bought Tom Bihn Aeronaut suitcases (basically amazing structured backpack duffle bags) and haven’t looked back. They fit soooo much stuff, are pretty easy to carry even when heavy, and are very well made. Plus hands free for any other things you need to bring!

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Thank you for this rec! Can’t wait to check it out.

  73. Welcome, Franny! Hurray for your coming-out-at-work story…and your fear of birds:).

  74. Emily says...

    I am the one who does that with the tp….I feel like I’m doing 1/2 the work, like I’m contributing to an effort that is collaborative. .¯\_(ツ)_/¯.in any case, welcome and can’t wait to read everything.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Hahahaha, that’s too good, Emily :)

  75. Laura says...

    I love pb&j!!!

  76. Eleanor says...

    Welcome Franny! I also love A Little Life and Tell the Wolves I’m Home and therefore think you will really enjoy The Heart’s Invisible Furies. It is not as dark of a read but is still very intense. The characters are wonderful and the author also adds some humor which makes it easier to read.

    • Angela says...

      Agreed! I loved it

    • Elaine says...

      I was just about to comment and suggest she read The Heart’s Invisible Furies! Great minds think alike :)

    • I was going to make the same suggestion! #greatminds

  77. anna maria says...

    Tell The Wolves I’m Home <3

  78. Kate says...

    SMITHIE!!!!!!!

    -Class of 1996

    • Nancy says...

      YES!!!

      -Class of 2000

    • dmo says...

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      -Class of 07

  79. Meghan says...

    Read Patrick Melrose by Edward St. Aubyn.

  80. Laura says...

    I have always dreamed of going to the Frankie’s Spuntino. I have the cookbook and someday hope to make it to this amazing place. : ) Welcome!

  81. A Martin says...

    Wow exciting times!!! Ahh please keep us posted on Ashley’s book! How exciting!

  82. Dallas says...

    we love you Cup of Jo team!
    and ps whatever your interview and hiring process is, it is spot on. you should post about it!

    d

    • katie says...

      Great idea, Dallas. I’d love to read about this too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you’re the sweetest, thank you! i’ll see if i can write a good post about it! :)

  83. Emily G says...

    Rummikub is my FAVORITE. My grandma taught me how to play when I was little and I inherited her game when she died. I took it to summer camp and taught all my friends to play, and now my husband and I play each other. He’s a formidable opponent!

    Welcome to Cup of Jo 😄

  84. Mandy says...

    Welcome to the team! Oh, and I have played SO…MUCH..Rummikub !!

  85. Welcome, Franny! I’ve loved your writing so far on CoJ and am eager for more. For birds: same. Totally the same. Birds and I do not get along.

    Also, I just dropped everything I was doing and watched Nanette by Hannah Gadsby, who I had never heard of before: HOLY SHIIIIIII——— It was incredible. Thank you for mentioning it. Well worth the 70 minutes. I cannot think of who could not benefit from doing the same (barring those who are currently triggered by trauma). Please, please, please consider highlighting the comedy special in a Cup of Jo piece.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Thank you so much, Iris! :)

      I have been raving non-stop about Nanette! I watched it a few weeks ago on TV and then randomly discovered that she was performing in NYC. I got last minute tickets and it was spectacular. Can’t wait to see what’s next for Hannah!

  86. Bird fearers unite!!

  87. Welcome Franny! I am so excited for the new additions and updates!

  88. Michelle says...

    All these exciting changes!

    But… Lexi is still planning to come back, I hope?? My sense is she’s always been a little more private on this space, and so gets less overt fanfare, but I love her voice and take on things in general. (And I think CoJ needs a news junkie in the mix!) Would love an update on her baby/mat leave if she’s open to it.

    • Ali says...

      Agree! I miss Lexi and would love an update!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      lexi is on an extended maternity leave with her sweet, sweet little one. thank you so much!

  89. Alyssa says...

    Welcome Frannie! I’m so excited to see a fellow Smithie working for my favorite blog! I can’t wait to read more of your posts! As for a book recommendation, I LOVED The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.

  90. Elizabeth R. says...

    Also. Franny, please read ‘Stray City’! SO GOOD.

  91. Elizabeth R. says...

    So talented and adorable and brave! Welcome aboard! Additionally, ‘Tell The Wolves I’m Home’ is super underrated.

  92. Althea says...

    I absolutely love “A Little Life” and am always re-reading parts of it. The two that come to mind for me are “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne and “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee.

  93. Jen Midori says...

    Welcome Franny!

  94. shannon says...

    Fear of birds is TOTALLY RATIONAL. They are evil and want to eat your face off with their viciously sharp beaks.

    I love Franny already.

    • Sorry but LOL at your comment!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha shannon now i love you!

  95. Sophia F. says...

    Welcome! I feel like a kindred spirit because, uh, I TOO have chipped my front tooth four times, once by simultaneously leaning to pick up a pen my dad dropped and hitting it on the face of his watch (!). It does not look nearly as nice as yours, haha.

  96. Sarah says...

    Hi Franny! I love you already :)

  97. Bravo on officially bringing on Erica! She is amazing, we love all of her work at LOOM.

    -Julie, Co-Founder of Needed (women’s nutrition company launching this fall!)

  98. Brooke says...

    Franny- welcome to the team! I love your book taste! Those are also two of my favourite reads, especially A Little Life… hard to come close to that one but here are a few recommendations none the less:

    The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver (all of her books are amazing but this one stands out)
    Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
    Homegoing- Yaa Gyasi
    The Boys of My Youth- Jo Ann Beard
    Also recently read Pachinko and it was a totally engrossing generational saga. So good.

    Also, yay for welcoming Erica! I’m reading her book Nurture now and it really does feel like you’re getting sage advice from a friend. Thank you CoJ for continuing to bring us new and diverse voices.

    • Kara says...

      I LOVED the Poisonwood Bible and just read Pachinko and was so so into it. I need to read all of your recs, Brooke! :)

    • Brooke K says...

      Another Brooke here, seconding Poisonwood Bible (hypnotic and evocative for hours!) and adding Prodigal Summer also by Barbara Kingsolver. More sensual, earthy, tender but also so engrossing. Lastly, Posession by A.S. Byatt is literary fiction about the interplay of literature/poetry between a modern and a historical pair of writers and it is gorgeous language, story, and identity writing.

    • Nancey says...

      The Boys Of My Youth, one of my favorite books of ALL TIME. ever. and ever.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      LOVED Homegoing!!!

  99. Maddie's dad says...

    Yea Franny,
    looking forward to reading cup of jo…I do not like turkey vultures.

  100. EMILY says...

    Welcome Franny!! I’ve never met a voice on Cup of Jo that I didn’t love–we are excited to have you. This truly is the best site on the internet.

    And I can’t help but add another YAY CAROLINE IS BACK!!!

  101. Welcome to the club, Franny! The first thing I thought of when you said “intense literary fiction” was Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris, but I have an inkling you’ve probably read it (and if you haven’t – you must. I couldn’t put it down). So instead I’m going to offer one from an author who has a good sized cult following but isn’t as talked about in mainstream: Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher, pen name of artist Ursula Vernon. It is GLORIOUS. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days – it made me cry and it permeated my dreams even. If you ever enjoyed fantasy or fairy tales, this is a fairy tale firmly for grownups. Give it a whirl!

    ALSO Jo – love to see that you’re taking on columnists from elsewhere in the US! Makes sense that the other coast would get some love, but if you ever need a midwest perspective on things or a nerdy voice in the mix, writing for you would be a dream come true!

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Thank you for these recs, Jill! Can’t wait to check them out! :)

  102. Lindsay says...

    Welcome Franny!

    A million cheers for the return of Caroline!!!! 🦄

  103. I. LOVE. Rummikub!!!! Best game! Also, sad that Ashley is gone but perhaps she’ll return on occasion, and very happy Caroline is back!!!

  104. Molly K says...

    Happy to meet you, Franny! I’m in the middle of Out Stealing Horses (Per Petterson) right now, and I think you’d like it.

    • Kristen says...

      SUCH A GREAT BOOK, that. My god, it had me fixated for weeks. Been meaning to read his other books–you read any of them?

    • Denise says...

      I loved Out Stealing Horses! So so SO good. Perfect for a moody Autumn read when the weather is misty and cool.

    • Molly K says...

      @Kristen No, I haven’t read any of his other books yet. I’ll be looking into them though!

    • Nancey says...

      Great great book! just read it last summer, so heartbreakingly wonderful.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Ooh, I haven’t heard of this one – thank you!

  105. Yes Caroline!!!!😆

  106. Courtenay says...

    Welcome back all after a much deserved break! And Welcome (officially) Franny :) Looking forward to the new content.

  107. Michelle says...

    If you liked a little life… read pachinko! Very different story, but both long page turners I felt were impossible to put down.

    • Brooke says...

      Yes- Pachinko was a brilliant page turner!

  108. Christina says...

    Welcome Franny! SO excited to hear more of your voice and that of the new columnists!

    CupofJo team, one thing I desperately beg of you: please stay away from promoting pseudo-science in your soon-to-be-coming wellness articles and instead encourage the spread of information backed by scientific research. Over the past few years, I’ve watched beloved blog after beloved blog start pumping out wellness articles full of statements not backed by or worse flat out contradicted by science (no more detox articles, folks!). I don’t think my heart could handle it if CupofJo (my most beloved blog!) did the same. It seems especially important at this time where “fake news/information” can spread so quickly. For anyone who’s interested, there’s a film called “Science Moms” aimed at combating exactly this problem (http://www.sciencemomsdoc.com/the-film.html). Better yet, I’d be *beyond thrilled* to see a CupofJo post on how we can be better consumers of information.

    • J says...

      Yes this! Seconded and thank you!

    • raleigh89 says...

      Thirded. Really hope Cup of Jo stays firmly on the camp of scientically prove-able food/skincare/health/fitness articles, whenever they do post them. Have been reading this blog since I was in high school, would hate to be turned away for this reason.

    • Emily says...

      Agreed!

    • Annabelle says...

      Yes!!!

    • Sarah says...

      Also agree

    • Anna says...

      I say present both sides and let people make their own decisions on what they think is best. The highest form of insecurity is not being able to tolerate viewpoints we disagree with. I miss the 90s when it was drilled into our brains to say, “you believe what you believe and I’ll believe what I believe.” Now it’s “you believe what you want to believe but I don’t want to hear about it.” What kind of tolerance or open-mindedness is that? Only by being secure enough with ourselves to see both sides of an issue can we truly know what it is to be a tolerant and open-minded human being.

    • AD says...

      Yes! Already so much contradicting and confusing info out there! Thankful for this space. I’m sure you will post thoughtful, meaningful content just like you always do!

    • Maria says...

      Me too!

    • Chelsey says...

      Yes! Yes! I agree with this! Please do a lot of research into the information you post about wellness. Cup of Jo has been my favorite blog for 5 years, and like Christina posted above, I don’t think my heart could handle it if Cup of Jo started posting articles promoting pseudo-science. I think it would utterly break.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we will ABSOLUTELY stick to our down-to-earth, science-driven posts backed by research when it comes to food, wellness, beauty, health, etc. don’t worry about that! thank you so much for your notes. xoxo

  109. Anna says...

    Welcome, Franny! We already love you. Seven Sisters strong!
    Thanks to the whole team for always providing interesting, engaging, topical authors. We really missed you last week!

  110. Colleen S. says...

    As someone who recently chipped a tooth in an unknown way, how does cutting up your burgers work? Do you cut them into more workable pieces, or literally into bite-size pieces that you could fork up?

    • Callie says...

      I also have a tooth chipping question. I had a root canal on one front tooth and a chip on the other (both done almost two decades ago) and now my two front teeth are 3 different colors and it is my least favorite thing about pictures of myself. (But yet somehow am an oversmiler and can’t train myself not to be one.) Your teeth look perfect. I have lived with my tri-toned teeth for a long time now and am just starting to research getting them fixed–do you have a recommendation for a NYC dentist? I am pretty sure this is going to be zero percent covered by my limited dental insurance so I am cost conscious but also want it done well (and of course, eek dental work! so gently.)

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Colleen – my friends make fun of me for it, but I will cut or rip things up into bite size pieces, unless it’s really soft (hence PB&J being my favorite meal ;)).

      Callie – I feared the dentist for most of my life, but just went to one in Brooklyn that I can’t recommend enough: Bococa Dental in Cobble Hill (https://www.bococadental.com/). They are so kind, gentle and thorough. Plus, you can watch Netflix while getting work done – no more awkward chatting while your mouth is full of scary tools! xoxo

  111. Sally says...

    Looks like we have the same taste in books. For an emotional punch to the head, heart, and stomach I’d also recommend MY ABSOLUTE DARLING. It was a devastatingly good read.

    • I wholeheartedly second this recommendation! This book is so so beautiful and horrifying and wonderfully written.
      Emma

    • Helen says...

      I loved the writing but couldn’t finish it due to the actions of the father. It was too much to handle.

  112. love franny!! one of my fave new customers at the bakery! <3

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Hi, Kim!!! <3 <3 <3

  113. Bryn Orum says...

    Great to meet you, Franny! A book you might like is “The Hearts Invisible Furies” – check it out! ❤️📚

    • Katie says...

      I was about to recommend this book, too. I loved it!

    • vi says...

      secret history by tartt

  114. Reem says...

    Such exciting additions! Looking forward to everything!

  115. Erin G. says...

    Welcome, Franny! You seem like a lovely, interesting addition to the team and I’ve really enjoyed your first pieces. I hope you’re pleased as punch with your new gig!

  116. Katherine says...

    Welcome, Franny, and fond farewell to Ashley. So exited about the new round up of ladies you’re bringing on board. What a wonderful space this continues to be. Can’t wait to see what else is in store, and looking forward to many more informative, interesting, intelligent reads. Cheers to you all!

  117. I’m hoping with all these additions you won’t ever have to take a full week off (because you can schedule content!) again! The same week as Man Repeller!!! My internet was very sad last week! ;)

    • AN says...

      They know this. But you can’t schedule thoughtful real-time responses by the CoJ team, which is one of the most awesome parts of this experience.

  118. Becky says...

    Franny, I totally get it. I’m not a fan of birds either. Unless they are penguins.. or ducks. We moved to Massachusetts 3 years ago and I am not of fan of turkeys. I eat them yes, but a live one is down right scary!

  119. Sarah says...

    Hooray! I loved her piece about coming out at work :)

  120. Also, re: book recommendations: Chimamada Ngozi Adiche is queen right now. Her stuff is heavy duty, but I love her writing so much.

  121. Amelia says...

    Whoa you guys are killin’ it! Not only Franny but Paco and Erica sound freaking AMAZING and I’m so psyched to read their stuff!!

  122. Welcome, Franny! So excited to see what CofJ has up their sleeve for the rest of the summer. This site is the best friend I’ve got right now.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      aww, brianna, you’re the sweetest!!

  123. Katie Larissa says...

    Caroline is back full time?? Hooray!

  124. Liz says...

    Love the new additions and that Caroline is back! Can we get a post on Franny’s skincare? She GLOWS

    • Ashley says...

      Seriously! I never comment and was about to ask about toothpaste brands because my word—-SUCH pearls.

      (I am feeling very weird about posting this but am doing it anyways.)

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Omg, Ashley, you are so sweet! I usually just buy whatever is on sale at CVS :) Currently using this: https://amzn.to/2NEkrAI

    • Nadia says...

      I second the Chimamada Ngozi Adiche recommendation. Both Americanah and Half of A Yellow Sun were powerful, wonderful reads. And, I feel weird asking, but…Franny, those are great jeans. Details?

  125. Clare says...

    This is my favorite corner of the Internet, and somehow it still gets better. <3
    Welcome, Franny! I'm so excited to read more of your writing.

  126. Sonja says...

    Hey, Franny! I don’t think anything written prior to “Birds. That is all.” has ever resonated with me more deeply. It’s not irrational, they are monsters.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Hahahaha, THANK YOU.

  127. Cynthia says...

    Welcome, Franny. My youngest daughter gave me a signet ring for my 50th birthday. 14 years later, and it’s still my go-to ring. The engraving is worn, but now it looks like a family heirloom.

  128. January says...

    Yay, an awesome new team, AND Caroline is back on board!

  129. Emily says...

    Yay Franny! So sorry to see Ashley go, but a book deal?!? Can’t wait to hear more about that. So glad you will still be here Caroline. The new voices sound like a great addition of knowledge. Cup of Jo is the BEST!

  130. Julie says...

    A PB&J ON THE SOFTEST COUNTRY WHITE BREAD. AMEN. Excited you’re here, Franny! Sorry for the all caps. Country white bread is where it’s at.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Seriously!!!! :)

  131. welcome franny! i grew up in noho and so i feel an immediate kinship to you :) so excited for all that cup of jo has coming–i’m a huge fan of erica chidi cohen and can’t wait to see what she’ll bring to the table!

    ps: COJ, if you’re ever on the lookout for contributing writers, i’d love details on how to apply (apologies for leaving that here in a comment, which is obviously not really the right place for it!).

  132. Melina says...

    Looking forward to Erica’s column as I’m about to have my second child.

    Welcome, Franny!

  133. Rachel says...

    Franny sounds like the perfect name for someone on Cup of Jo! And I’m so excited to read pieces from Paco and Erica! (Please do something to explain doulas/why we need them to people like me who might feel like we’re not hippy enough for them!)

    • I can speak of our own experience with a doula (if that’s helpful:) ) My husband and I are pretty middle of the road between hippie/alternative meds/ etc and western medicine, just fyi.
      For us, we figured the doula was really support primarily for my husband (eg –They were able to share the labor partner “duties”). I had an unmedicated labor in a hospital and we really wanted someone who would be with us the whole time (-our nurses were great, but we were there during a shift change, so…) and be able to advocate for us/sort of be the translator between the hospital doctors (in case our own OB wasn’t able to be there,) and our wishes.
      Situations do not always arise in which you need *any* of these things. (Case in point, labor with our second child was text book easy. I mean, “Easy” in air quotes, because: still labor.) But in this case, she was invaluable.
      I’m happy to chat ad nauseam about it, haha. But I think they are an AMAZING support to have before, during and the days after labor (eg making sure you’re healing, emotionally ok, getting rest, nursing questions/problems, baby ok etc.)

    • Bec says...

      I think (but don’t know because my experience with birth is an Australian one) that in the US you rarely have midwife based care during pregnancy, birth and the following months. Doulas seem to help fill that gap. Doulas still exist here and offer an extra level of support BUT our midwives are respected as integral to pre and post natal care and birth! I found Ina Mays book summed this up quite well.

    • Rachel says...

      Thanks Gaia!

    • Nina says...

      I had a doula. It was wonderful. I was a single parent with no family and my son was, unexpectedly, born 7 weeks early so I didn’t even finish my birthing classes. She and I had only met twice, once to hire her and once in the hospital when she brought me food since I was on bed rest for a week when my water broke at 32 weeks. She helped with massaging to take my mind off the pain. I had two epidurals and neither worked. But I know my body and I shut down when I’m in pain – literally. I have had doctors get needles stuck in me I shut down so hard. So I told her I want pain killer because I need to not feel the pain and then the baby will be born. She was a great advocate for me to the nurses and the horrible anesthesiologist (who argued that other people were further along so I was a big baby he wouldn’t help) because I was focused on not feeling pain. The 2nd time we tried the baby shifted and I didn’t feel the same pain for like 2 minutes and I went from a 1 cm (being generous the nurse said) to a 10 in 10 minutes. She also invited another doula to come who arrived just as the NICU people rushed my son out and she took all these pictures for me I would never have. Not having anyone but me and not having done this before the nurses barely looked at me so they came back and wheeled me down to the NICU so I could see my son again. They got a hospital breast pump and showed me how to use it. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without them. The hospital had NO plan for someone who was alone. So even with someone to help, I would recommend them – they know the nurses and doctors and hospitals and know what to ask for and advocate for what you want.

  134. cody says...

    Did Stella leave?

    • Lesley says...

      She still writes regularly and is on the about page!

    • Stacy says...

      I am pretty sure Megan [Cahn] left COJ at some point but there hasn’t been any mention of it on the blog as far as I can tell. =\

    • Lesley says...

      Stella still writes alot and is on the about page. And……..welcome miss franny!!!!!! You seem like a great person. I have reaally liked you writing thus far and am looking forward to getting to know you a bit more over the coming weeks/ months.

  135. Obra says...

    Jo + Co,

    This online space is fascinating to me. You’ve built something special and I admire how you’ve resisted growth for the sake of growth. The Internet is a crazy place and even though I’m a conservative Midwesterner who rarely (if ever) agrees on the political issues put forth here, I’ve come to love this digital parlor, nonetheless.

    Jo, did you ever in a million years think this would be your job?! Such a cool way to make a living. Thanks for building something that can last…and kudos for noticing the potential for something like this way back when.

    tl;dr Cup of Jo has shown me the Internet can be sustainable, provoking, and full of heart.

  136. Laura C. says...

    Welcome Franny! I like you already 😊 good luck with this new adventure on CoJ, and congratulations Joanna, look your little blogspot blog spme years later…. Bravo!

  137. Laurie Mobley says...

    Welcome Franny! And I would love to read a post on Iceland – as a romantic getaway or family trip (do’s and don’t etc.)? I’m a fan of signet rings too!