From bestselling author Nancy Star comes a deeply moving novel about the truths we hide from others and the lies we tell ourselves. RULES FOR MOVING (LakeUnionPress) is a quirky, mysterious and transformative novel.

To the outside world, beloved advice columnist Lane Meckler has all the answers. What no one knows is that she also has a secret: her life is a disaster, and it’s just gotten worse. Her husband, whom she was planning to leave, has died in a freak accident. Her six-year-old son, Henry, has stopped speaking to everyone but her. Lane’s solution? Move. Growing up, that was what her family did best.

But when she and Henry pack up and leave, Lane realizes that their next home is no better, and she finally begins to ask herself some hard questions. What made her family move so often? Why has she always felt like an outsider? How can she get Henry to speak?

On a journey to help her son find his voice, Lane discovers that somewhere along the way she lost her own. If she wants to help him, she’ll need to find the courage to face the past and to speak the truth she’s been hiding from for years.

I really enjoyed RULES FOR MOVING. I found the characters well-developed and fun! The story line has an important message for everyone reading the book. “Wherever you go, there you are.”


Born and raised in Queens, New York, Star produced her first book-length story while attending Francis Lewis High School. The story was written on a roll of paper towels and given as a gift to her best friend. When her friend confessed the treasured scroll had inexplicably disappeared, Star vowed all future books would be published in a more enduring form.

Star was always writing something, but her first career was in the movie business. An executive at the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Star was charged with scouting New York and London for both original material, books, plays and stories to be developed into films and independent films ready for release. Prior to her stint at Goldwyn, she was Story Editor at The Ladd Company where she worked with long-admired playwrights and novelists and on films that include some of her all-time favorites: Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire, Body Heat and the Right Stuff.

Nancy Star’s work has been translated into four languages, optioned for television, and chosen as Literary Guild and Mystery guild featured selections. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Family Circle and Diversion Magazine. Star is a member of the Author’s Guild, Women’s Media Group and Mystery Writers of America. As a film executive she was a member of The Groucho Club in London and would not mind one bit if they decided to invite her back!

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve had to move around a lot and what it’s like. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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46 thoughts on “RULES FOR MOVING by Nancy Star – GIVEAWAY CLOSED

  1. I have moved more than I’d like but have been in this home for 32 years now. The kids are long gone and it’s just hubby and I. We are having thoughts that we need to down size and move closer to one of the kids. But which? They are both very far away in different states. I love that statement “wherever you go, you are there” I need to start coming to grips with that.

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  2. I lived grew up in one home, moved half a dozen times and have lived in my current home over 40 years. I only left the area for a couple of years because of my ex-husbands job. I didn’t mind moving on the occasions when I wanted to move….otherwise, not so much.

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  3. Oh my gosh this book is right up my alley. I’ve moved over 20 times in my lifetime, 16 of them as a child 😳 My mother struggled to raise my brother and I, and we were moving before we ever got settled. Many of my childhood toys and treasures were lost or left behind. It was hard making and keeping friends, no sense of belongingness. I feel like a pro at moving now. I would love to read and review this one 😉

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  4. I moved a good bit while growing up and hated it. Now we live on my husband’s farm land that he grew up on and were not going anywhere and thats a great feeling!!

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  5. We did not move a lot when I was a child, but my husband and I moved several times during our own kids’ early years. It was hard to move with kids, but we were settled by the time my youngest entered kindergarten. I am now so grateful that we have lived in the same home now for over 20 years.

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  6. I haven’t moved around a lot. I’ve lived in the same city all my life, I’ve just lived in different suburbs. I’ve only moved 6 times.

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  7. I have moved 9 times since I was born which is 58 years. So I don’t think that’s a lot. It was very stressful then but now there are so many suggestions on Pinterest and other websites to help you make moving easier. Although when can it ever be easy?

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  8. Haven’t moved around much except for when my husband was in the Air Force, and then only a few moves. Have been living where we are for almost 30 years now.

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  9. Hi, I love the sound of this book, it really sounds like a Must Read! I love the cover. When I was growing up we did not move a lot at all. I was born in Texas and when I was 5 yrs old my dad built a house for us in Texas , so all of us 6 siblings were brought up in Texas, after we married was when we moved to our own houses. One of my brothers bought my dad’s house and he still lives there. So that is really nice. Thank you so much for sharing about this book and the author.

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  10. My husband and I have been living in the same house for over 34 yrs, our 2 children were raised and brought up here in this same town, we have been living at.

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  11. My educational journey, including 6 different universities, kept me living on the go. Once kids came along, the moving adventures were over!

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  12. I had to move twice when I was in high school. It’s not easy when so many of the kids already had lifelong friends/cliques. I was also pretty quiet but fortunately, I was an athlete and became friends with my teammates.

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  13. Yes. I have lived in Puerto Rico, in 6 different towns, I have lived in North Carolina, New York and Virginia and all the places have given me excellent memories and experiences and my journey is not over yet.

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  14. I grew up on the road. It was great to see the scenery & explore. Keeping friends was harder because you were always on the move. Such is life…

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  15. As a child it seemed I moved quite a bit up to 2nd grade…then I had stability living in the same house but jumped various schools and then middle of junior year in high school I moved again to a diff high school 2 hrs away. It was very difficult educationally but I survived. Got my first job at the local library and I was very shy but a boy seemed to like me….i said no to my senior prom to him but his Sr prom I went with him…married 41 yrs now! 3 kids and 7 grandkids!! So moving worked out for us!!

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  16. I have moved six times, but all in the same area. It’s a lot of work, but I’ve found it’s a good way to weed out “stuff” you don’t need. (I think it’s time to move again!)

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  17. My family moved every two or three years when I was growing up. As an adult raising my own children we stayed in the same home for 25 years (I did not want my children to have the same experience I did).


  18. I have not moved far; I have always been in southern MN. But I have moved to different small towns a few times.


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