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Lida James

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Lida James I read or I edit or I write something different. If I'm in the middle of a draft, I can always spend a few hours editing if I don't feel like I have…moreI read or I edit or I write something different. If I'm in the middle of a draft, I can always spend a few hours editing if I don't feel like I have new material in me that day. Between projects it's harder. Sometimes I sign up for an on line writing class. I took Creative Non-Fiction at UCLA and I take screenwriting classes at Writers Bootcamp -- that keeps me writing all the time even if it's a different genre and I like the deadlines and the feedback that provides. I wrote a blog for a while and I write for some online sites, travel reviews and a local news site -- just to keep writing. When I was in middle school I was told that Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorites at the time, began every day by writing what he ate for breakfast. That helps. And that Earnest Hemmingway, another favorite, always ended his writing work day in the middle of a sentence or a paragraph so he had somewhere to begin the next day. When I'm writing a draft I do that all the time. (less)
Lida James I love to write. I always have. I love getting carried away in the lives of the characters. I love getting my thoughts on the page -- they are less…moreI love to write. I always have. I love getting carried away in the lives of the characters. I love getting my thoughts on the page -- they are less jumbled there. But mostly, I really love sitting down and writing. When I was a kid I carried a notebook with me -- I did that until I was 24 years old. I still have all of them. I used to write on the subway or when I was early for class or whenever I was bored, descriptions of the light on the East River, the hiss of the wheels on the track, the wonderful conversations going on all around me. It kept me company. (less)
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For me, recovering from my eating disorder was like trying to find a way out of a maze of shifting walls with a broken compass.

When I started writing BEAUTIFUL GIRL, I wanted to write about the year after I had “recovered” from bulimia. Because I hadn’t really recovered, even though I had stopped throwing up. After only two months of treatment, I went back to college for my sophomore year, to... Read more of this blog post »
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Beautiful Girl by Lida James
"Beautiful Girl is not only an exquisitely written literally novel, but also a psychological thriller about the not-so-perfect lives of young women at an elite college. An exhilarating, astute debut about the perils (and joys) of campus life."
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Dear Reader by Mary  O'Connell
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I loved this book. Mary O’Connell, with her beautiful prose, took me on such a wonderful literary journey in DEAR READER. It’s an English major’s dream combination of stories, combining the three narratives, if you include Wuthering Heights. I don’t ...more
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Murder in Matera by Helene Stapinski
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I just finished Helene Stapinski’s Murder in Metera and am writing this review immediately, after wiping away my tears. What a great book. And yes, it’s a great story, but it’s so much more than that. This is my favorite kind of non-fiction, in which ...more
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I loved this book. Mary O’Connell, with her beautiful prose, took me on such a wonderful literary journey in DEAR READER. It’s an English major’s dream combination of stories, combining the three narratives, if you include Wuthering Heights. I don’t ...more
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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
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Lida James and 2 other people liked Jaime Arkin's review of Beautiful Girl:
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For the most part, I'm always game for a new author in the new adult genre... I think that my outlook on that is changing as the genre gets inundated with everything.

This cover screams intriguing and interesting... And the summary sounds..." Read more of this review »
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"Why does a random guy always have to be the solution to a damaged girl's problems? Why can't she find the strength on her own?"
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Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
Proof of Forever
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What a great read, perfectly timed for summer, beeause it takes place at summer camp. Seventeen-year old former best-friends stumble back in time together from a camp reunion/college send off, to two years earlier, when the four main character were 1 ...more
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Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
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Where They Found Her is chilling in so many ways. It’s a dark, twisted thriller, but it's also a personal and intimate story that's very relatable. The main character Molly, a reporter at the small University town newspaper, is assigned a story that ...more
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