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The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane
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
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
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
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
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
On Becoming a Novelist
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
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
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
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
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
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
What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era
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
Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman behind the Legend
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
Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction
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
Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation
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
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
Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity
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 Map Seeker
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
Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life
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
Becoming a Writer
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
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
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
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
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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
Invitations to the World: Teaching and Writing for the Young
Richard Peck is one of my favorite writers, so when I read that he wrote a book on the craft of writing, I just had to get hold of it. I did learn som ...more
Jan 2007
Apr 29, 2008
I’m not from the big science fiction fans, but I am married to one, so I’m quite used to seeing SF books cycle through our house by the dozen. Rarely ...more
Sep 08, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
A new documentary about the life of J.D. Salinger has just been released by the Weinstein Company (trailer here), so while I’ve never been a die-hard ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts, #1)
I took this out of the library to read to my kids, who adored The Mouse and The Motorcycle and its sequels. But the epistillary style of this book ver ...more
Aug 31, 2008
Sep 02, 2008
Everyone's Got a Story
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
The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic
Anyone who loved Charlotte's Web or is interested in the writing process and/or literary history will want to read this bio of E.B. White. If you've s ...more
Mar 06, 2012
May 31, 2011
Joy in the Morning
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
Putting Your Passion Into Print: Get Your Book Published Successfully!
I don't know what it is about this book, but I've tried it twice, and I've never been able to get through it. According to Good Reads, I started it in ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Jul 27, 2008
The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less
Boy, am I glad to finally get this off my "currently reading" list. I'm not saying it didn't have good information, but slogging through it was a CHOR ...more
Nov 24, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative
A fast read with good advice and pictures that made my kids laugh. I got more out of Becoming A Writer since that was more tailor-made to my interests ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Who'd have thought scary Stephen King could be so funny? Crude and rude, but funny. This is Stephen King's advice to aspiring writers, and I found it ...more
Jan 2007
May 27, 2008
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