Lori A. May's The Write Crowd Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life is full of good ideas for being a literary citizen. There are ideas for everLori A. May's The Write Crowd Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life is full of good ideas for being a literary citizen. There are ideas for every level of involvement--from individual efforts, grassroots, or joining national organizations. If you love reading, writing, and everything it means and want to become more involved in spreading your love of all things books, this book is for you. ...more
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series has long been a favorite of mine. Wilder's books have stuck with me since childhood, and I've read each ofLaura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series has long been a favorite of mine. Wilder's books have stuck with me since childhood, and I've read each of the books more than once, so this annotated autobiography was a joy to read.
For me as both a reader and writer, this book is an intriguing read. As a reader, I get the 'rest of the story' so to speak, finding out additional details about the stories in the books, adding layers to stories I've enjoyed for years.
As a writer, It was interesting to read both the handwritten/typed notes on the manuscripts located in the back, and to learn about Laura's writing and editing process and to compare the original manuscript with the finished books. What I hadn't realized until I read this book was how much her daughter Rose was involved in the process. What I also find interesting is how Rose, a popular writer in her time, has been eclipsed by her mother.
I'm a fast reader, but this book took a while to read, which is a good thing. It took a while, not because it is a difficult read, but because of the extensive notes included in the book.
If you are a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, this is a great book to read. If you aren't familiar with her Little House books, then it will be hard to understand this book. Read the series first, then this book. I highly recommend this book to fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder. ...more
]What makes this book for me is the unusual storytelling format. It is a work of fiction written in poetic form--stanzas, not paragraphs. The book is
]What makes this book for me is the unusual storytelling format. It is a work of fiction written in poetic form--stanzas, not paragraphs. The book is a conversation between two girls in the hospital with the same disease; one newly diagnosed, the other an old pro at hospital visits.
A line runs down the center of many of the pages, indicating a hospital curtain, with newly diagnosed Frances Goodman (Chess)on one side of the curtain, and hardened, weary hospital veteran Shannon on the other. The girls communicate mainly through the curtain; when the curtain is pulled back or one of them is gone from the room, the line disappears.
The story starts in the chapter ER and moves through Day 7, with After looking at life post-hospital.
The prose form of the tale, the line that appears and disappears throughout the story made this an intriguing read for me--so much so I finished it in one reading.
This book was provided for free through a Penguin Random House presentation at my local library. ...more
"Girl in the Dark" is a memoir from Anna Lindsey and her battle with photo sensitive seborrhoetic dermatitis--aThis is an ARC provided by Amazon Vine.
"Girl in the Dark" is a memoir from Anna Lindsey and her battle with photo sensitive seborrhoetic dermatitis--a hypersensitivity to light. She lives in a completely darkened room, leaving only to scuttle through a semi-dark house when necessary.
She invents games to keep her mentally sharp. She listens to books on tape, but can't listen to music because it reminds her of what she's lost and the emotion threatens to overwhelm her. But yet, she finds ways to carry on--to survive in her restricted environment.
Pete is her anchor. They had to cancel their wedding as her condition worsened, restricting her to one room in their home. He lives with her, and they have a life, albeit an unusual one--but each sacrifices to make this relationship work.
Reading this book gives the reader a new appreciation for the things we take for granted--walking at dawn or dusk, sitting in the backyard watching the night sky, rocking on the porch during a rainstorm.
Her journey is a difficult one, and one worth reading about. ...more