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Mary R. Davidsaver

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Mary Davidsaver was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She had no choice but to attend school in Iowa City because generations of family craftsmen helped build the county courthouse, the dormitories, and the student union.

That tradition of craftsmanship had her living in Bishop Hill, an Illinois state historic site and a national historic landmark, first as a silversmith and then as a writer, for twenty-four years. She and her husband have returned to Iowa.

Clouds Over Bishop Hill is her first book and is published by MWC Press, an imprint of the Midwest Writing Center, Rock Island, Illinois.

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Mary R. Davidsaver I view writing as a process of piecing words and sentences together in a coherent manner that conveys the meaning I want to achieve. I liken it to mak…moreI view writing as a process of piecing words and sentences together in a coherent manner that conveys the meaning I want to achieve. I liken it to making a good piece of jewelry: attractive, functional, and fun to wear.

Writing is work and the fun part doesn't always show up right away. But when everything clicks and I feel I've done my best that satisfied feeling is there.

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     Flowing Water, Falling Flowers by X.H. Collins offers a banquet of the senses for the reader interested in exploring a slice of Chinese life that fits somewhere between Upstairs, Downstairs and The Good Earth. The author uses meticulous attention to details of color, sound, food, and even faith to draw us into the world of a well-off merchant-class family with a large house, beautiful gardens

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