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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 UNWINDING by George Packer

In his Daily Show interview with author George Packer, Jon Stewart described THE UNWINDING as “Studs Terkel-y but with a Ken Burns-mwah” (kissed fingers), and I have to agree.  Subtitled An Inner History of the New America, Packer’s narrative spans … 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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CRAZY FOR THE STORM by Norman Ollestad

Sorry for the delay in producing this entry.  I was waiting for the power to come back on.  After evacuating, I returned home to a foot of water in my basement.  But compared to many other people, I had it … Continue reading

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DESCENT OF MAN by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Possibly because I am a short story junkie, the first writer who came to mind as I thought about today’s earthquake and the impending hurricane was T.C. Boyle.  He has written several provocative collections, including IF THE RIVER WAS WHISKEY, … Continue reading

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PONTOON by Garrison Keillor

“Evelyn was an insomniac so when they say she died in her sleep, you have to question that.”  Thus begins Garrison Keillor’s PONTOON: A NOVEL OF LAKE WOBEGON.  It continues in this vein, this voice, for 248 pages: unpredictable, laugh-out-loud … Continue reading

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OPEN by Andre Agassi

I was never a big Andre Agassi fan.  He seemed like just another spoiled brat, pouting on the court.  Plus I didn’t like his hair.  Though I enjoyed playing tennis, I didn’t like to watch it.  So I ignored him … Continue reading

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UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand

My dad (who gave me this book) likes to say, “Nothing is ever as good as it seems or as bad as it seems.”  Fortunately he never says this when I’m celebrating something; he saves it for low moments.  I … Continue reading

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SWITCH by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Yes, today is International Heath Brothers Day.  I wanted to share both of these books at once.  While MADE TO STICK is a bit-narrowly-focused-but-good, their latest effort, SWITCH: HOW TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CHANGE IS HARD, could change your life. … Continue reading

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MADE TO STICK by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

One reason I didn’t love history in high school is that it was mainly revealed to me line by line on an overhead projector.  (For kids who don’t know what I’m talking about, picture a handwritten Powerpoint.)  On the rare … Continue reading

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