Writers Read. We Read a Lot. Here’s How to Manage the “To Read” Lists.

If you're just starting an MFA or undergraduate creative writing program, or if you're not in an academic program but making the choice to devote your energy to writing, you might feel completely overwhelmed by your new awareness of all the book titles zinging around your ears. I remember when I started my MFA program … Continue reading Writers Read. We Read a Lot. Here’s How to Manage the “To Read” Lists.

Two Eyes Are Never Enough

My ebook on direct care workers is now available from SheBooks! Two Eyes are Never Enough: A minimum-wage memoir is an ebook that was just released, one in a new series of short ebooks by women, including some writers whose work I follow and love, including Hope Edelman, Susan Ito, Faith Adiele, Marion Winik, and many more forthcoming. Each … Continue reading Two Eyes Are Never Enough

Summer Reads

This is not everything I should be reading. I have a huge list of things I want to read next, books I'm eagerly awaiting, and so on, but these are the books I've gotten around to so far this summer that I wanted to recommend. A little of everything... Memoir Sonali Deraniyagala’s The Wave: Spare … Continue reading Summer Reads

Book Recommendations

I don't get around to reading everything when it comes out. Who does? And I dislike the way the publishing industry forces everything into twelve-month packages and then a book is "done" after such a tiny life cycle. I feel rushed by all these lists and then I feel behind. I also don't like the … Continue reading Book Recommendations

Review of “Hot Cripple”

From Feb. 2012: I saw a review in Elle (yes I read it for the articles and also for the pictures of purses I can't afford) for a memoir entitled Hot Cripple. The blurb got my attention, because the family of memoirs advocating for a wider healthcare safety net is very small, and I want … Continue reading Review of “Hot Cripple”

Heidi Cullen and “let’s imagine”

Heidi Cullen's recent book, The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet seems like it should be required reading for anyone living in this era of global warming (and that would be all of us). I found that it pushed me past my own apocalyptic denial; Cullen … Continue reading Heidi Cullen and “let’s imagine”

Sebastian Junger on Objectivity and War

Just finished Sebastian Junger's War, an excellent first-person account of being embedded with soldiers in Afghanistan. It wasn't what I expected--but if a book doesn't defy expectations, it might not be an interesting book. "Journalistic convention holds that you can't write objectively about people you're close to, but you can't write objectively about people who … Continue reading Sebastian Junger on Objectivity and War

Thomas Merton, Writing, and Identity

I'm on a Thomas Merton kick this summer; I guess it's the old Catholic in me combined with the yearning for contemplative Buddhist practice. From Seven Storey Mountain: "...the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of … Continue reading Thomas Merton, Writing, and Identity

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