About the Author

Jacqueline Shannon is an author and journalist based in Southern California whose work has appeared in publications as diverse as the New York Times, Reader’s Digest and Cosmopolitan magazine. Her 16 books include "Why It’s Great to be a Girl" (HarperCollins) and "Raising a Star" (St. Martin’s Press).

Stories by Jacqueline Shannon

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5 Perfect Conversation Pieces for Entertaining

Hosting guests for the holidays? Here’s how to avoid those inevitable awkward silences.

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Listing Your Home? Check Out the Latest Real Estate Buzzwords

One way to make your home stand out from others during the winter doldrums is to choose words that jump out at potential home buyers when they’re searching through real estate listings.

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The Death of J.R. Ewing: Who Gets Southfork Ranch?

Just in time for the new season to start Jan. 28, here’s a brief history lesson for those who quit watching the original show in the ’80s and a glimpse at what has sometimes been called “the most famous white house west of D.C.”


Entertaining at Home: The 5 Perfect Conversation Pieces

During the holidays merry-making doesn’t always come so easy when you’re entertaining people you don’t know very well in your home.

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What Happens on Celebrity Moving Day

Your moving day probably does not include starting and completing the move in the middle of the night or having a dozen identical decoy moving vans at the same time. This, however, is all in a day’s work for a company that specializes in the needs of celebrities.

Hate Thy Neighbor: Shocking Neighborhood Stories

One man took issue with his neighbor’s new in-ground pool. Another got fed up with the loud gospel music coming from next door. Find out how these neighbors sought revenge and more.

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La Jolla Munchkin Houses: Truth or Tall Tale?

As the legend goes, some of the little people who played Munchkins in “The Wizard of Oz” made enough money to move to San Diego and build four custom houses to accommodate their smaller stature.

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Beyond Main: How Streets Get Their Names

Who decides whether you will be fated to live on Durt Road or on something with a more pleasant ring, such as Lucky Lane?


Homes Elvis Would Love

Here are some homes reminiscent of Graceland that Elvis might cotton to if he were still with us and shopping around.

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