Once upon a time…. Those words perk up our ears like no others can. Once upon a time…. We are wired for story. It’s in our DNA, it’s in our blood. We need story because it’s how we learn about the world. This one time, in Forest Falls, when I was about 8 years old,… Read More Story Saved Me. Is Saving Me.
Finch Nobles, who as a child was badly burned in a kitchen accident–“widowed by her own skin” (13)–has elected a living death rather than face the rejection of others. She has lived with death all her life, after all–her father was caretaker for the town cemetery–and when he died, she took over. She lives alone… Read More A Gracious Plenty, by Sheri Reynolds –book review
For the past few years I’ve struggled with what I –and others–have perceived to be a gaping hole in my memoir. Today I realized that the gaping hole is actually the end of that part of my story; I think I need to focus on excavating what I already have and delete what comes after.… Read More Wrestling with the story
People are always nonplussed when I share my passion for giving away books. I always have a box of books at the ready, and I have a bookshelf in the waiting room of my office that I keep fully stocked. The best way I can explain it is by sharing part of what I told… Read More Why I give books away
While a casual reading of Mitchell’s Joe Gould’s Secret might persuade the reader that the secret was that Gould never actually wrote his epic history of conversations he overheard, I think Mitchell tells us straight away what his secret was in the first few pages of his book. Joe Gould tells Mitchell, “There is nothing… Read More Joe Gould’s Secret–book review
From Pop Culture Curmudgeon’s blog You’ll be able to win a copy of Moira Rogers’ book Cry Sanctuary, the first in the Red Rock Pass series. The next installment is coming out on June 9, so this is a great chance to get into a new paranormal romance series. Moira Rogers describes the Red Rock… Read More PCC’s First Contest « Pop Culture Curmudgeon
Melissa Banks’s book, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, is just another chick-lit book, although its message is more subtle than others of its ilk. Jane, the main character, does not fret about having an inadequate love-life; nevertheless, she reveals angst throughout the stories almost in sotto voce through her actions and certain comments.… Read More Down On All Fours: Jane’s Guide to Living (Review of Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, by Melissa Banks)