The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know
4.68
Shawn posted the content of this book free on his website-www.storygrid.com. I read along as he posted immediately enamored of the process he was work ...more
May 11, 2015
May 13, 2015
 
What Would Your Character Do?: Personality Quizzes for Analyzing Your Characters
3.63
The first chapter of this book is so interesting I’m finding it hard not to quote the whole thing. Maisel, who holds degrees in philosophy (B.S.), psy ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself
3.87
Susan Bell is an editor, author, and teacher, who developed a seminar on self-editing for a graduate program on which this book is based.

It flows alo
...more
Nov 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose
3.94
This small book packs in a lot of information in a spirited and intelligent way. Starting “New Principles of Prose” - which are: Relish Every Word. Be ...more
Oct 19, 2008
Mar 15, 2012
 
Black Tickets: Stories
4.06
Jayne Anne Phillip’s collection of short stories Black Tickets were touted as “original” and “the best since Eudora Welty” and “early genius” upon fir ...more
Oct 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
Deep Writing
3.46
I read this book while still in school writing short stories for the first time. This is a review I wrote then, eight years ago.

Maisel’s book supports
...more
Nov 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
Blackbirds (Miriam Black, #1)
3.81
I'm a fan of Chuck Wendig's blog and books on writing since I appreciate no nonsense types who swear more than I do.

There's tight writing, by which I
...more
May 06, 2012
May 07, 2012
 
The Pacific and Other Stories
4.04
This collection is the most refined, graceful, and cultured group of short stories I’ve read. All are masterfully done, emotional without being overwr ...more
Nov 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life
3.91
What a relief this book was. I really needed someone to spell out exactly how this writing thing works and here she does it “Start here, move on to he ...more
Oct 16, 2008
Mar 15, 2012
 
Standing at Water's Edge: Moving Past Fear, Blocks, and Pitfalls to Discover the Power of Creative Immersion
4.00
Paris delves deeply and succinctly into matters of fear and creative immersion. I found myself nodding in agreement and understanding, saying “Yes, ye ...more
Nov 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
Come to Me
4.06
This is a lovely book of twelve stories featuring love, relationships and the moments of heartbreak that threaten to pull us under. Bloom’s writing is ...more
Nov 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Forest for the Trees
3.95
Betsy Lerner is a former editor turned agent. In the introduction, Lerner lets us know who she’s trying to help,

“–if you can’t start or finish a proje
...more
Nov 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Dart League King
3.76
I happen to see a review of this book that touted the authors characters so I requested it from the library. What a great find! I read it in about a d ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Best American Short Stories 2007
3.71
In “Best American Short Stories” Stephen Kings laments in his introduction about the lowly stature short stories have in our society. Like poetry, the ...more
not set
Mar 15, 2012
 
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
3.73
I’ve been considering people’s motivations, trying to figure out why we make the choices we do, in an attempt to understand what may have precipitated ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Oxford Project
4.17
I read a description of this book on my library site and loved the premise. In 1984, a photographer takes a single picture of almost every resident of ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 16, 2012
 
Finding Grace: The Face of America's Homeless
4.52
Finding Grace is a coffee table sized book whose black and white head shot cover compels you to pick it up. “Who is that beautiful woman?” is your fir ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 16, 2012
 
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
3.93
I wasn't as dazzled by this book as others have been.

A baby, who we are introduced to at inception, can reference Ibsen and Strindberg, and has a mast
...more
Dec 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation
3.46
Thirteen stories of women’s inner lives, told through the eyes of various characters of varying ages, I could readily identified with all of them in s ...more
Sep 28, 2008
Mar 15, 2012
 
Duma Key
3.90
Nearly killed in an accident on a construction site, King’s main character, Edgar Freemantle needs a change of scenery to help him recover, and heads ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
3.88
Spent the day in Jenny Lawson's head

And it’s a hot fucking hilarious mess in there.

I started reading Jenny Lawson’s new book, Let’s Pretend This Never
...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
 
The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing
3.56
A journalist’s empathetic account of people’s sexual fetishes and compulsions which includes a man with a foot fetish, one with an amputee fetish, a p ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Namesake
3.94
If I was reading for setting this would be an excellent book, but I’m focused on character and wished Jhumpa had too. There’s no denying how lovely an ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 17, 2012
 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
4.28
On Writing is King’s first book on the writing process. The first section of the book, encompasses the antics of his youth and memoir vignettes that a ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 17, 2012
 
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
3.67
The intention of this book is to help the artist view the work they do, themselves, and the way they go about it, for example “...fears about yourself ...more
Dec 2008
Feb 17, 2012
 
The Atheist's Way: Living Well Without Gods
3.47
It’s not always easy to explain what being an atheist means, other than not believing in God or religion. Maisel not only explains what it means to be ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
How Fiction Works
3.96
Wood’s how-to book is brief and to the point. He takes apart novels and shows the reader what techniques work and why. He gives very specific practica ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
Zigzag Through the Bitter-Orange Trees
3.03
This is the first of Greek writer Sotiropoulos’s books to be translated into English. She weaves four stories together through chance meetings, reveng ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
The Kept Man
3.28
I admire Attenberg’s writing style. It is detailed but not overly so, more spare than spacious. She built a world for Jarvis that was at first insulat ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 16, 2012
 
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods
3.92
After losing her job Jennifer spends a year evaluating what is worth while to make at home, and what is better left to the professionals. She includes ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
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