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Cate Doty

Cate Doty is the author of Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages. She is a writer and former editor at the New York Times, where she covered the news of food, weddings, business, New York, and more. Her work has appeared in the Times, Southern Living, Our State, and other publications. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she lives in Raleigh, N.C., with her family.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My family
  2. Evening walks with Eleanor the dog
  3. Our family’s rotting, ramshackle cottage at the coast and its view of the White Oak River
  4. Coffee
  5. Spiral-bound notebooks and Sharpie pens
  6. Libraries
  7. A plan for change
  8. The news
  9. Strawberry season
  10. A drink on the back porch with my husband after the kid’s gone to bed, rain or shine