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Robert Kerbeck is the founder of the Malibu Writers Circle and a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His first person account of the Woolsey Fire was read by over a million people as an Op-Ed for the LA Times. Based on that essay, comes his debut book, Malibu Burning: The Real Story Behind LA's Most Devastating Wildfire. Malibu Burning won the 2020 IPPY Award as the Silver Medalist in Creative Nonfiction and the 2020 Readers' Favorite Award as the Silver Medalist in Nonfiction Drama. His book was a finalist for Foreword Book of the Year and the National Indie Excellence Awards. Malibu Burning was also named Best Historical Nonfiction by the Best of LA Award.

His essays and short stories have been featured in numerous magazines and journals,
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What I found most impressive was how Washburn employed such gorgeous language without ever sacrificing the narrative drive of the story or the grittiness of the character’s voices. That is not easy to do and it's extremely well done. The book's setti ...more
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Disclaimer: I know Jess Walter and he is about as nice a guy as you'll find. Study with him if you ever can. You'll be the better writer (and person) for it. My review then, understandably, is not unbiased. Set in the early 1900s, The Cold Millions i ...more
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I guess most will consider this an excellent sci-fi thriller and perhaps it is...but for me there were a number of plot points I found hard to believe. Still, not a bad book to have at the beach. Definitely a page turner.
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I'd always wanted to read this book and am so glad I did. How many books are being written about 120 years after their release? Nice also to see how much of Spielberg's film was based directly on the source material. ...more
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Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad
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Powerful book that works on many different levels: disaster story, father-son relationship, 70s California. Plus, some of the most vivid writing describing what it's like to surf and get tubed. Excellent dialogue as well. I highly recommend Crazy for ...more
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Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
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Nick Flynn is a very good writer and this is a strong book with a haunting and sad story. My only quibble is that sometimes his literary prowess distracts and veers away from the narrative a bit too much but other readers, especially poets like Flynn ...more
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When I first started reading this book, I worried it might seem dated since it was written in 1980. I thought perhaps the scams then might not seem like much today. Boy, was I wrong. This is a really fun and page turning story. Easy to see why so man ...more
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