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Book Review: Draft No. 4

Draft No. 4:  On The Writing Process, by John McPhee I must admit that my earliest reading of the author gave me a somewhat slanted perspective of who he was as a writer.  It so happened that my local library … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Professor And The Madman

The Professor And The Madman:  A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester I’m not sure how I feel about this book in its larger context.  On its own, this book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Love, Nina

Love, Nina:  A Nanny Writes Home, by Nina Stibbe Having read both of the author’s humorous and almost tragic novels, this book comes as an intriguing of sometimes frustrating memoir of a young woman taking care of two foul-mouthed but … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Write: How To Start, and What To Write If You Don’t Have Any Ideas

How To Write: How To Start, and What To Write If You Don’t Have Any Ideas, by Louise Tondeur [Note:  This book was provided by Reedsy Discovery for the purpose of review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] As … Continue reading

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Book Review: Literary Rogues

Literary Rogues:  A Scandalous History Of Wayward Authors, by Andrew Shaffer Reading this book for me was a rather Nathanish experience, full of ambivalence and amusing irony and complexity.  The author is himself a successful writer of multiple volumes of … Continue reading

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Time Well Set, Alone Through Plans

I wondered how long it would take to make a set Of all of the places we would go when we were alone, But then I wondered how we would make it through If we not only had to accomplish … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mystery And Manners

Mystery And Manners:  Occasional Prose, by Flannery O’Connor Writers often like to talk and write about writing, partly so that they may better understand themselves and their craft and to better justify their status and perspective as writers.  And even … Continue reading

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Book Review: Letters Of Note

Letters Of Note:  An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience, compiled by Shaun Usher Being a person fond of compiling compendia, it is little surprise that I would enjoy reading them as well, and as someone who … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jane Austen: A Life

Jane Austen:  A Life, by Carol Shields It is easy to see why people would want to know about the life of Jane Austen, and just as easy to understand why that life is so obscure despite the fact that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Books On Fire

Books On Fire:  The Destruction Of Libraries Throughout History, by Lucien X. Polastron Among those who love books and libraries  there is an understandable undercurrent of fear about the threats faced to the preservation (much less the increase) of knowledge … Continue reading

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