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Joanne Serling

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Joanne Serling’s debut novel, GOOD NEIGHBORS, was published by Twelve/Grand Central publishing in February 2018. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in New Ohio Review and North American Review. She is a graduate of Cornell University and studied and taught fiction at The Writers Studio in New York City. Prior to embarking on a fiction career, she worked in women’s magazines, high tech public relations and as Director of Public Affairs for American Express. She lives outside of New York City with her husband and children and is at work on her second book.

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Joanne Serling I try to trick myself into writing by making myself so busy with errands and other nonsense that I'm desperate to write down my fleeting, creative…moreI try to trick myself into writing by making myself so busy with errands and other nonsense that I'm desperate to write down my fleeting, creative thoughts. Then, when I've filled up the notes section of my phone with enough scraps of insight, I go to a local cafe and start pounding out some words. If I'm lucky, it turns into an essay or a chapter. (less)
Joanne Serling When the writing is going well, there's no better feeling in the world. It's like your favorite song is playing in your head all day and you never…moreWhen the writing is going well, there's no better feeling in the world. It's like your favorite song is playing in your head all day and you never tire of that particular melody. (less)
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"At first I was unsure about this book. Confused about the author’s writing style. Concerned it was another cookie cutter book about spying on your neighbors. Witnessing something terrible. Or did you? Frustrated now at the author’s writing style...." Read more of this review »
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I wanted to love this book, and for the most part was entertained, but I think the plot wore a little thin in places. It does make you think a lot about long time love, and the people we take for granted, and Rowell is a very funny writer.
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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Although I don't typical read memoirs, this book is so wholly original that calling it a memoir seems rather limiting. It's literally a "text book," meaning you can text the author, or an automated version of the author, and interact with her via add ...more
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I loved the writing, the story and the characters--plus, I laughed out loud. So why only four stars? I think because it reminded me of LESS by Andrew Sean Greer, and having had that exceptional reading experience over the summer, this portal into an ...more
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