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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602399433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602399433
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emily Liebert is an award-winning, internationally published writer and author. Most recently, she edited Kerry Kennedy’s New York Times best-seller Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning. She’s written for such publications as Elite Traveler, Robb Report, Gotham, and Cottages & Gardens and has interviewed a long list of celebrities and high-profile subjects. Currently, Liebert is finishing final edits on her forthcoming, debut novel—Conversations with Friends.

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Emily Liebert was born and raised in New York City, attended the Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature.

After college, Emily landed her first job as an Executive Assistant at ABC News, where she honed her organizational skills and helped produce television specials for Peter Jennings Reporting. To this day, she is a whiz with "To Do" lists.

Since childhood, Emily's had a passion for writing, so when the opportunity to become Editor-in-Chief of The WAG--a luxury lifestyle magazine covering Westchester and Fairfield Counties--presented itself, she jumped at the chance. During Emily's five-year tenure, she wrote hundreds of articles, including celebrity profiles, travel, fashion, and beauty.

Ready for her next adventure, Emily became a full-time freelance writer, penning lifestyle pieces for media outlets such as, The Huffington Post, Oprah.com, Elite Traveler, Robb Report, Gotham, and Cottages & Gardens.

In 2009, Emily edited Kerry Kennedy's New York Times bestseller Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning.

The following year, Emily published her first book, Facebook Fairytales, which was featured at the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair, and Emily was one of 20 guests of honor--among Elizabeth Kostova, Russell Banks, and Lisa See--at the renowned Literary Feast 2010, a privilege reserved for best-selling and buzz-worthy authors.

Shortly thereafter, Emily was hired by Microsoft as the spokesperson for Bing's partnership with Facebook and appeared in 30+ television and radio spots for the brand, which garnered exceptional ratings.

In 2012, Emily wrote her debut novel, You Knew Me When (Penguin), which published on September 3, 2013. Her second novel, When We Fall will publish in September 2, 2014, and she's currently hard at work on her third and fourth novels, all with Penguin Random House.

Emily is featured often in the press, by outlets such as: Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Anderson Cooper, FOX News, Good Day New York, The Couch, Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, OK!, Nylon, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's World, WWD, Woman's Day, The New York Post, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, and The Huffington Post.

When Emily's not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and cozying up with a good book. She's been known to ride on a Harley Davidson. And she does a mean Running Man. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two delicious little boys, Jaxsyn and Hugo, in Westport, CT where she moved kicking and screaming for fear that there would be no Chinese food delivery at three in the morning. She was right.

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As for the book, again it is very well written.
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I should note I initially joined just to keep an eye on my kids . . . and yet, I've become hooked.
Michelaneous by Michele
Emily Liebert tells these stories in a compelling voice and the imperative becomes clear.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Monkey Wrench on February 28, 2010
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If you're looking for 25 short and very contemporary stories of everyday people becoming more then everyday people via social networking, then look no further, this is the book for you.

If you don't see the value in social networking and believe it to be a complete waste of time, then look no further, this is the book for you.

If you're new or bored with social networking and wondering what it's really capable of doing, then look no further, this is the book for you.

If you think social networking is all about "Farmville" & "Mafia Wars" then:
A) I'm truly surprised that you are even reading a book review... good for you ;)
B) Look no further, this book is for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michele Easter on March 29, 2010
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Facebook Fairytales is a collection of real-life dreams come true! The author makes you feel like she is telling you the story of the most incredible thing that happened to a good friend of hers- almost as if you were chatting online or over the phone. It is a delight to read and so inspirational...and aesthetically beautiful!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Fragodt on March 29, 2010
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Many people have a tendency to think that Facebook is a social network only devoted to games like Mafia Wars or Solitaire, when in fact, social networking on Facebook is specific to connecting individuals with people who are important in their individual life. I found this book full of stories of people, real people, not made up avatars or anonymous names. Having heard a story or twenty similar to these in the book, I am really glad that Ms. Liebert took the time to pull together these tales for others to enjoy. If you have a heart and like stories of warmth, read this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aldon Hynes on March 12, 2010
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I spend a lot of time trying to explain to people why Facebook, Twitter, and other forms on online social media is important. Some people get it right away. Others are more skeptical. They've heard horror stories about people being taken advantage of online. What has been needed for a long time is a good book that provides uplifting stories about the good that people can do using Facebook and other websites. That is what this book provides

The stories in this book are great; not because they bring out complicated nuances of the human condition, but because they reflect the best in all of us. We need to hear more stories like this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Fischkin on March 5, 2010
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It's alive and well in this book!

Who better to report this happy news than someone who was interviewed for Facebook Fairytales by Emily Liebert? That would be me.

In a chapter spritely entitled "Magic Touch," Emily Liebert tells the story of my now 22-year-old son Dan Mulvaney who suffers from severe Autism and -- like many people with Autism - uses Facebook. It helps him to slowly digest facial expressions and respond to people on his own terms, in his own space, in his own time frame. It works the same way for Chou Chou Scantlin, a Washington D.C. based 56-year-old gorgeous and talented showgirl and singer - and former Shakespearean actress -- who has high functioning Autism and yes, is Facebook friends with my son Dan.

Emily got our story right. She got the facts right, the tone and the warmth - and the urgency of Facebook. As an author and a journalism professor, this leads me to believe she got the whole book right. So as I read the other fascinating stories in this compact but important volume which is about our society, as much as it is about social networking, I feel confident I am hearing more real voices from real people.

The layout is ingenious and gorgeous. If you appreciate art in the production of books, then this is a must buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FLI GUY on February 28, 2010
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I was reluctant to use Facebook but this book shows the powerful and wonderful possibilities. The 25 stories are diverse and span the range of heartwarming romance, to political efforts of the Obama administration to gain voters. And the interview with Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder and CEO) is inspiring.

Emily Liebert truly captured the spirit of each person interviewed. This is a great book that every user of social media should buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Andre on March 29, 2010
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What a fantastic book, I cried, laughed, and was amazed at all the good Facebook has done and will continue to do through it's networking.
Thanks to Emily for writting the book and thanks to Julie her editor, for networking the book on Facebook, with out Facebook and Julie I would not have know about the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joecooler2u on December 11, 2010
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I had the opportunity to interview Emily Liebert on the site I write ([...])for regarding Facebook Fairytales and its connection to The Social Network movie. Emily was my first interview and was very nice, open funny and revealing. She truly cares about her work and the people she interviewed for the book. She has kept in touch with the people she wrote about and not just to make a profit, but chatting with her I could tell it meant a lot to her to see people benefit such as a mother and father separated for years. The stories are fascinating. Normally I don't go for mushy stuff too much, but Facebook Fairytales is very well written. I'm not just saying that because she did an interview with me. I'm actually glad to have the book and my mother is currently reading it.

As for the book, again it is very well written. Each chapter represents a different story. 25 chapters with 25 fascinating stories ranging from the father-daughter story to stories of love found, old love rekindled, strangers donating organs, tragic losses turned into positive stories. Emily has a way of presenting each story in an uplifting manner, but the people she has written about are also special and positive influences and they show the potential for how people should be in society.

Emily also shows how Facebook as a social network is meant to be positive. If you think about it little things like having a Like tab to click and not having a hate or dislike tab shows the positivity. A lot of people want a dislike or hate button but when you think about it that is not so positive is it? In a cynical world Facebook and Facebook Fairytales rises above it all taking readers on a fascinating ride of all different aspects of life and the good side of human nature. I wasn't sure I was going to like the book going in, but frankly I love it. So should you. Quit reading this review and "Add to cart". I can't wait for the sequel already. Hurry up Emily! :-)
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