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Jessica McCann

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Thank you for visiting me on Goodreads! I'm the author of the novel All Different Kinds of Free and a professional freelance writer. My creative nonfiction and reporting have been published in Business Week, Phoenix, Raising Arizona Kids and The Writer magazines, among others.

Reading and writing historical fiction is my passion, though I'm also drawn to memoirs, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, literary classics -- anything with a compelling story. I only review books I enjoyed reading, hence the abundance of 4- and 5-star ratings!

Average rating: 4.18 · 804 ratings · 164 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
All Different Kinds of Free
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 804 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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This quote from novelist Elizabeth Berg is so wise, so true. On writing inspiration: “Like love, you can't force it. Like love, it will find you when it's ready.” And yet, while you wait for that inspiration to find you, you must keep writing. The writing is the light, the...
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Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
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Jessica McCann and 1 other person liked Jamie Holzberg's review of House Broken:
House Broken by Sonja Yoerg
"Didn't see that ending coming..."
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The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
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Enjoying the writing and the story. Unfortunately, I'm really struggling with the all-italics chapters. Poor design choice on the part of the publisher. My eyes get fatigued after only a few pages and I have to stop reading. Could be a casualty of a ...more
Jessica McCann and 1 other person liked Vicky's review of The Nightingale:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
"The truth!

To read this story can break your heart and sole. But the truth of what happen during this time period must never be forgotten. I think it is a salute to all woman in history who were never acknowledged for their resistance and courage...." Read more of this review »
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
"One of the best books I've read in sometime. Characters well developed. Great story that takes place during WWII German occupation of France & the French resistance. "
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The High Divide by Lin Enger
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Ruby by Cynthia Bond
" Jeanine wrote: "I wanted to read this book considering reading an article in O magazine praising this book. However I was reluctant to purchasing this ...more "
The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon
The One I Left Behind
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This was a quick, entertaining read. Not overly gruesome, despite the fact that it centered on a serial killer. The book jacket described it as literary suspense, and I agree with that description, though I had never heard of the genre before this. W ...more
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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
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Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
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“A book is like the best friend you can imagine. Once you read a book, it stays with you forever.”
Jessica McCann, All Different Kinds of Free

“I had no vote in the making of such a law, and I have no intention of abiding by it, either.”
Jessica McCann, All Different Kinds of Free

“But our tiny home is so much more than its four ramshackle walls and lopsided roof would have you believe. Inside, it’s big, full of love. It’s a hospital where my babies can be born. It’s a schoolhouse where my children can learn. It’s a mansion where my husband and I can enjoy the riches of our life together.”
Jessica McCann, All Different Kinds of Free

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“Too many of us are hung up on what we don't have, can't have, or won't ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.”
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“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
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Lisa See Yes, that was fun. And I'm happy we can be friends on Goodreads until we have a chance to meet again in person again. Will you be going to the Tucson Book Festival?

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