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The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane
really liked it
This is the book that I mentioned in my review of Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman behind the Legend, the one that contends that Laura’s daugh ...more
Jul 21, 2011
May 09, 2011
Between the World and Me
it was amazing
With racial tensions tearing our country apart, and my own interest in being part of the peace effort in my own town, it was inevitable that I’d read ...more
Dec 09, 2015
Nov 13, 2015
On Becoming a Novelist
it was amazing
Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird has just fallen to the #3 position in my list of favorite writing books. I don't think she'd mind, though, as she herself ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
it was amazing
When I was in fourth grade, I would have named Harriet the Spy as my very favorite book, even though I only read the first half of it. I re-read that ...more
May 1991
Sep 02, 2008
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, from Childhood to Go Set a Watchman
it was amazing
It's official. I am a Nelle Harper Lee fangirl. I want to find her apartment in New York and hang out with her, talking books and writing. But since s ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 22, 2011
Becoming a Writer
it was amazing
Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. More than craft, it’s about psychology – the psychology of the artistic mind. Dorothea Br ...more
Apr 2003
Apr 02, 2008
Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman behind the Legend
it was amazing
Given the classic status of the Little House series, I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover that it’s become a popular topic amongst literary his ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
it was amazing
Once you get used to the collage style of this book, it turns out to be a page-turning narrative and an exhaustively-researched biography. It includes ...more
May 31, 2014
Oct 03, 2013
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
it was amazing
Friends and readers of my book reviews all know my main interests in life apart from my family: Judaism and books. I don’t know if it comes across as ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life
really liked it
Whenever I come across a book about writer’s block, I can never resist it. Part of me hopes the book will have The Answer to My Problems, even though ...more
May 13, 2017
May 09, 2017
Make Way for You: Tips for getting out of your Own Way
liked it
When I first read the title of this book, I thought it was self-help to learn assertiveness, but it turned out to be self-help for writers. Either one ...more
Aug 27, 2016
Aug 29, 2016
Teacher Man (Frank McCourt, #3)
it was amazing
Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer prize-winner, but I’ve been attracted to this lesser-known memoir of his since I heard him promoting it on ...more
Dec 19, 2015
Nov 05, 2012
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
liked it
I've become much more of a non-fiction reader in these past two years, and apparently, I'm part of a larger trend. Whether it's creative non-fiction/m ...more
Jun 05, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era
really liked it
Peggy Noonan, as I’m sure many of you know, was one of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters. I received her memoir as a gift some 20 years ago with the inscr ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation
liked it
Anyone who knows me for more than five years, whether online or off, can tell you that I used to be absolutely obsessed with becoming a professional w ...more
Jul 11, 2012
May 07, 2012
Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Ads
really liked it
Now that I'm reading another book on how to break into the ad copy business, I appreciate this one all the more. The one I'm reading now is called The ...more
Oct 08, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction
liked it
Once upon a time, about five to ten years ago, I was obsessed with becoming a writer. I used to spend most of my time writing fiction, often to the po ...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 03, 2013
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
it was amazing
I read and enjoyed two of Elizabeth Gilbert’s previous books before reading this one, but I never considered myself a die-hard fan. That changed compl ...more
Dec 12, 2015
Sep 18, 2015
Joy in the Morning
it was amazing
What amazed me the most about Betty Smith in the stage when I was devouring all her books was that she weaved together such different plots in the sam ...more
Jan 1982
Jun 23, 2009
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
it was amazing
Natalie Goldberg is famous amongst people who are serious about writing. If you’ve ever taken a writing class, her name might not have been mentioned, ...more
Nov 23, 2016
Oct 31, 2016
Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers
really liked it
I became interested in this book because of the biopic about Pamela Travers, “Saving Mr. Banks,” but what turned it into a must-read was finding out f ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Oct 24, 2014
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
it was amazing
When I was 14 years old, this classic was on my "lifetime favorites" list, and though it's since given way to others, it's still a beautiful book. It' ...more
Jan 1982
Jun 23, 2009
Red Ribbon on a White Horse: My Story
it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books EVER. It is the story of how immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska became the J.K. Rowling of her day, how she lost it all ...more
Jan 1994
Oct 24, 2007
Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life
liked it
I heard the author of this book on a radio interview while reading The Well-Fed Writer, which sort of reads like a get-rich-quick book for writers. Th ...more
Jan 12, 2010
Nov 23, 2009
The Map Seeker
it was ok
2.5 stars

Leah Kotkes came across as a lovely person when I met her on on her book tour for this memoir of her teshuva process. I was especially intrig
Jun 2009
May 14, 2009
Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity
liked it
I read this as a follow-up to Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction, but although it’s also about celebrity worship vers ...more
Nov 2014
Apr 05, 2013
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
really liked it
In addition to fiction writing, John Gardner taught creative writing at the college level, so this is very much a university-style writing book. He ci ...more
May 2005
Aug 21, 2008
How I Became a Famous Novelist
really liked it
I’ve given this four stars because the rude language was off-putting for me, even though it was perfectly fitting for the protagonist. Seriously, this ...more
May 2010
Apr 26, 2010
Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
really liked it
This is the “sequel” to Natalie Goldberg’s famous Writing Down the Bones, and though there was a fifteen-year gap between the publication of the two, ...more
Nov 30, 2016
Nov 23, 2016
Everyone's Got a Story
really liked it
For me to read this book, I had to overcome certain emotional obstacles. It's a collection of over 40 stories, both fiction and creative non-fiction, ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Aug 21, 2008
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