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Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson is a reporter and essayist who has written about subjects ranging from psychiatry to law to the Civil War. She is the author of The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression and The Ghost in the House. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband, their two daughters, one tabby cat, and an enthusiastic beagle named Max.
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Tracy Thompson
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Walt Kelly

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say banana pudding. I know I'd eventually get sick to death of it, but it would be a good death.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I asked my youngest daughter this question, and her reply was, "Your surly demeanor." Book reviewers, take note.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Reading a good book on a beach in the Caribbean. Or maybe beside a nice fire at home.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I have always wanted to be a back-up singer for a Motown group like the 1960s-era Supremes. Obviously, this involves not just acquiring a new talent, but time travel as well.

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