Combine the desire for travel with an author who takes you along, and you'll be Waltzing Australia right along with Cynthia. This book combines a movi...moreCombine the desire for travel with an author who takes you along, and you'll be Waltzing Australia right along with Cynthia. This book combines a moving travel and personal narrative along with an appreciation for the history and beauty of Australia's land and people.
A writer’s life is never as easy as it looks on a dust jacket – no 20 world blurb of polished prose to suggest the effortless flow of words as they la...moreA writer’s life is never as easy as it looks on a dust jacket – no 20 world blurb of polished prose to suggest the effortless flow of words as they land on the page.
The truth is conveyed in the hard-earned prose of Michael Greenberg, a writer of little means, who took on whatever jobs needed to keep writing. And that’s the secret here: not just telling stories, but living through them, even if it means inquiring into the life of a transgender dinner guest, with notepad in hand. He does so because, well, because a writer has to write. From the reader’s perspective, his writing seems to come easy, with conversational, urgent phrasing, yet thoughtful and conclusive essays.
Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life will become a bestseller today and a classic inspiration tomorrow. Just as people carried Kerouac and Bellow in their back pocket, Greenberg’s conversational tone stays with you, and you want to read his essays again and again.
The unique bond of sisters takes many forms in "Sisters: An Anthology," published by Paris Press. Over forty women contribute brief stories, memoirs,...moreThe unique bond of sisters takes many forms in "Sisters: An Anthology," published by Paris Press. Over forty women contribute brief stories, memoirs, and poems, conveying the depth of our connection. We who are born into a family that provides us a sister can readily see the startling truth in these stories: our relationship with our sisters is special, no matter the age difference or circumstances as life carries us along.
"Sisters: An Anthology" includes contributions from many classic women writers, such as Margaret Atwood, Delia Ephron, M.F.K. Fisher, Alice Walker and Wendy Wasserstein. Grace Paley’s brief poem “I Need to Talk to My Sister” is not for the fainthearted, for there is no love without loss. Perhaps the most unusual piece is Jane Bowles’s playful pair of quarreling sister puppets.
More than a compilation of essays on a theme, "Sisters: An Anthology" provides a rare chronology of sisters throughout life. The anthology seems to effortlessly follow us along the age continuum from “I want to reach through the telephone and strangle my sister” to the Delaney sisters, over 100 years old, who do yoga by the television every day, although “sometimes Bessie cheats and she’s just lying there.” The Delaney sisters are an example of the complexity of the entire sister relationship, where one wakes up each day and says “Thank you, Lord, for another day,” and the other wakes up and says “Oh, Lord, another day?"
Compiling any anthology seems daunting. Where do you start and how do you ever stop? Here, the editors pulled together a nice mix of stories and essays by contemporary and modern women writers who have verbalized their connection to a sister. The book’s arrangement results in a highly readable format, mirroring our lives and our role within families. The pieces span decades, and are nicely organized in sections matching our development through life: “Don’t Tell Mother,” “Sister – Sister” and “Having Our Say.”
Some of the softest poems are the most revealing, with words pruned to get to the core. In “Basque Guide,” Myra Shapiro writes:
“In southern France my sister and I hike steep, ancient hills, to arrive at old age in a new harmony. We say once a year let’s go see beauty together.”
When a story is titled with the Yiddish expression “Shlug De Kleine,” meaning “Beat up the little one,” we know we’re entering the familiar realm of childhood resentment. Reading Sisters: An Anthology, you can’t help but recall fighting over which sister always got the pretty dress, the new doll, or especially if sisters are close in age, who always got the hand-me-down coat, whether it fit or not.
As in so many sibling relationships in childhood, one’s sister can be seen as a nuisance more than a friend. It’s later in the book that we see the strong bond that never fades, even when sisters are separated by years or miles or circumstances. In Dorothy Parker’s letter to her sister, she writes, “there is heaps to say but absolutely no news.” And she goes on for pages and pages describing her life in Paris, as if in conversation across the table from each other.
"Sisters: An Anthology" is an elegant tribute to the parallel lives we live through the passage of time. Through it all, we remain sisters…
Am reading this now for review. Despite the name reminding everyone of Tuesdays with Morrie, this is neat - a young waiter gets the change to be Norma...moreAm reading this now for review. Despite the name reminding everyone of Tuesdays with Morrie, this is neat - a young waiter gets the change to be Normal Mailer's personal assistant in his home. I'm only half-way through and I want it to last a while.(less)
... Clearly, there is no danger of Mike Sacks growing up any time soon. He delights in imagining the world much funnier than most of us. His playful approach to reality could fill a thousand pages and still be fresh and funny.
From satire to silly, Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason might make you think: “I’d be so cool if I was as funny as Mike.” But you’re not, so be satisfied with his rich topical humor and his view of contemporary society, not to mention his creative ideas for sex positions.
We often think writing is difficult, but Sacks doesn’t seem to work too hard at these clever pieces, and apparently doesn’t need much inspiration. The laughs roll off the page, with his distinctive style, even on the pieces co-written with help from his equally funny friends. Sacks and Scott Rothman co-wrote the “Shared Beach House for Rent” Craigslist ad and the hilarious transcription of a guy tweeting his wedding and honeymoon.
This is a wonderful book, about the lives of geniuses in the world of art, literature. The author, Nicholas Delbanco, takes us inside their lives to l...moreThis is a wonderful book, about the lives of geniuses in the world of art, literature. The author, Nicholas Delbanco, takes us inside their lives to learn what happens to artists who endure. Why is someone creative until age 30, and then never again? How do some artists continue to expand their talent, energy, enthusiasm, and skill through many decades past middle-age? In his thoughtful analysis, Delbanco lets us explore the life-long habits that kept people such as Haydn, Monet, Picasso, Pablo Casals, and Georgia O’Keeffe productive and relevant into old age.
And, to remind us the second half of existence needn’t be a period of decline, Delbanco quotes C.J. Jung:
“But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning: for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.”
Enjoy Lastingness for what it offers: both a studied look at the issues of aging and creativity, as well as a delightful way to brush up on history, recalling the works of nonagenarians and octogenarians who were amazing artists, still appreciated today.
I had the pleasure of working on the layout for this book, Reflection: A Long Walk Into the World of Love. It's sweet and quite unusual.
Part fairy t...moreI had the pleasure of working on the layout for this book, Reflection: A Long Walk Into the World of Love. It's sweet and quite unusual.
Part fairy tale, by author Marie-Eve Kielson who is a Marriage and Family Therapist, who gets to the heart of what it takes to have a loving, committed relationship. Her co-author is her husband, Daniel. Over the many years of their marriage, he maintained the habit of writing poems to her for her birthdays and anniversary. He is now a nature photographer as well, and his section of the book combines the lovely poetry with amazing nature photos. A very special gift book for all ages. Perhaps best of all, it honestly conveys what is involved in maintaining a lasting relationship. Marie-Eve Kielson(less)