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Alesa Lightbourne

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Alesa Lightbourne has been an English professor and teacher in six countries, lived on a sailboat, dined with Bedouins, and written for Fortune 50 companies. She lives close to Monterey Bay in California, where she loves to boogie board and ride a bicycle.

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Alesa Lightbourne Writing helps a person align with their own soul. I can't explain how this happens. It just does. Perhaps it has something to do with EM Forster's…moreWriting helps a person align with their own soul. I can't explain how this happens. It just does. Perhaps it has something to do with EM Forster's quote, "How do I know what I think until I see what I write?" I love that quote.(less)
Alesa Lightbourne I set aside four to five hours every day when working on a book, and just write, trying not to judge whether it's any good or not. My job during the…moreI set aside four to five hours every day when working on a book, and just write, trying not to judge whether it's any good or not. My job during the first-draft phase is just to get words on paper. Only later will I worry about cutting, moving things around, or polishing. If I'm super stuck, then going on a run or walk outdoors often helps. I ask my spirit-self to resolve the issue before setting out on the run or walk, and just trust that an answer will come. It always does, but not necessarily by the time the run is over.(less)
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This book is an archeologist's ode to her passion for Eastern European folk dance. Parts are erudite, and full of fascinating facts about the region's culture and history. She explains, for instance, why the colors of white, red and black are so popu ...more
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My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
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This is a rather “small” book – both in length and in scope. It is filled with great sensitivity. So instead of sprawling over a grandiose plot, setting or cast of characters, it delves deeply into the psyche of one woman as she ponders the time her ...more
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This fascinating novel follows a Croatian girl through part of her childhood, and then through early adulthood. I loved learning what the war was like in Croatia from a child's perspective -- very enlightening. However, the novel was uneven in qualit ...more
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A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai
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Being a tomboy in Taliban Afghanistan? Quite a challenge! Maria was butch from Day One, but luckily had wonderfully supportive parents. Through great courage, she became a squash star.

This memoir was very readable, and nicely edited by the co-author.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Despite having read scores, or maybe even hundreds, of books about WWII, this one is so much more than a war story. The two main characters are utterly riveting -- a blind French girl, and a young German orphan / soldier who teaches himself radio tec ...more
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Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
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Death in the Andes

It’s easy to see why Llosa is Peru’s most famous novelist, and why he earned the Nobel Prize, after finishing Death in the Andes.

In the beginning, I didn’t like it much. It seemed very dark and overly masculine. A policeman and his
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Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
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Out Stealing Horses

Despite the title that sounds like a Western, this is a delicate, deep novel set in the Norwegian hinterland, switching from the present to the Nazi occupation.

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The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
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I gave up reading this about 2/3 of the way through because I was getting too depressed. The writing is good, although it feels over-written and self-conscious in many places. And the premise is intriguing -- a 104 year old woman reviewing her life t ...more
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A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
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Being a person who is fascinated by women traveling in unusual places, and women on bicycles, and the Muslim world in general, I really expected to love this book. And I tried reading it. Twice. However, despite very good writing, an interesting prem ...more
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Kia Penso Thanks! I have a copy of it and read through it rather quickly. Daddy took a look at it too on his last visit here. I'm glad she got the story out. This brings to four the number of books in which I appear as a character. I'm not counting the handful of poems and unpublished short stories, or the paintings. All of which is another reminder that I need to get real about getting the next book out.


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