Category Archives: Writing

OLD FRIEND FROM FAR AWAY by Natalie Goldberg

Ten minutes. That’s all you need. So many friends say, “I would love to write, but I don’t have time.” Let me save you some time by keeping this review short. All you need is this book. Subtitled The Practice … Continue reading

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HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz

Regular readers of this blog know I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Lutz, the author of the Spellman File series and Heads You Lose (with David Hayward). So it should come as no surprise that she has once again … Continue reading

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THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain

If you know anything about Ernest Hemingway, you probably know that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, that he liked hunting and fishing, that he spent considerable time in the 1920s in Paris, that he was married four times, … Continue reading

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ONE MORE THING by B.J. Novak

One of my favorite books for teaching creative writing is What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter.* I was thinking of that book the whole time I read B.J. Novak’s hilarious collection of stories, … Continue reading

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LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart

One advantage to living alone with two cats who don’t drive is that you can get more reading done.  Not just at the dinner table and in bed, but also at the mechanics’ since there is no one to help … Continue reading

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THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Ann Patchett

Some things are meant to happen, and some things just aren’t.  I’ve had that thought many times in my life, and it occurred to me again last night as I sat at the bar of a crowded restaurant in Louisiana, … Continue reading

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THE ELEMENTS OF STORY by Francis Flaherty

It is Christmas Eve morning, and although I am supposed to be on the road already, I didn’t want to leave home without telling you about this helpful book.  It’s subtitled Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing, but fiction writers could … Continue reading

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