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AUTHOR BIO: Ellen Graf writes out of rural upstate New York where she lives with her husband Zhong-hua Lu. Her first book, The Natural Laws of Good Luck: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage, was released by Shambhala publications on August 11, 2009, with the paperback due out on November 9, 2010. The book has been selected for Barnes and Noble’s Discover New Authors promotion, Border’s Original Voices program, and is an Indie Next List Notable pick for September 09. A graduate of Bennington Writing Seminars in Non-fiction, Ellen is a Ludwig Volgelstein grant for writing and a recipient of the 2009 NYFA Fellowship in Non-fiction. Her work appears in the anthologies Millennium Writings 2010, Right There With You, (Shambhala Publications 2011), T...more


[image error]LUCKY BLUNDERS

Joseph Campbell in Hero With A Thousand Faces talks about blunders as doorways to destiny: "A blunder is an example of the ways the adventure can begin. Blunders are not the merest chance; they are ripples on the surface of life, produced by unsuspected springs. And these may be very deep—as deep as the soul itself.

I believe in fairy tails, in the lucky blunder, th... Read more of this blog post »
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If You Talk To Your Self , Your Self Will Answer (Nonfiction)
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Description: These are some common questions that people ask me about my book The Natural Laws of Good Luck, so I decided to have a crack at them....
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Ellen Ellen said: "Gilgamesh for me is a tale of complex human relationship. For my friend it is a tale of what was sacrificed, or I should say destroyed, for the sake of culture and civilization--the original and beautiful natural man who was one with creation. Very i...more "

 
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I really appreciated sections of this book, like the step by step description of making the cheese in the basement at night, the blooming of the good molds and the bloating of the bad. When the author began comparing the ripening of the cheese to the...more
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I did not know that the Comanches had a culture so different from other tribes, and that they so like the warriors that rode with Ghengis Khan. I learned much about the frontier mentality in Texas, the complexity of alliances, and the thoughts and de...more
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description: Host Trevor Mahoney interviews Ellen Graf abut the book The Natural Laws of Good Luck and the real life sequel to the book. Issues fro discussion include ordeals of cross-cultural relationship (and joys), cultural adaptation, improvisational and non-verbal language, encounters with racism or ethnocentricity, navigating life with chronic illness and more. note from Ellen: I love hearing about other people's lives and how they use the book to ask their own questions and see the challenges from new...more
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I enjoyed this book immensely and my biggest complaint is that it was really too short. I am interested in subversion of collective language, language improvisation , and the inherent instability of language. This book on puns and punsters reveals ho...more
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I am loving this book, both because I grew up with Dylan's music and only late realized what a gift that was
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A study of Earl Derr Biggers' beloved fictional Chinese character Charlie Chan, whose creation coincided with the Asian Exclusion Act and the intensification of racism and xenophobia in America. To his credit, the author doesn't answer the questions...more
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This book by a Canadian doctor describes addiction as a human response to trauma and an attempt to fill painful emptiness from the outside. The author says that most of his patients suffered terrible trauma in childhood and that such trauma can chang...more
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