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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

Anna, November 30, 2006

Much better than his later "Oracle Bones," this book follows Peter in his early Peace Corps days in the Sichuan Province in China. Not only does this book give a nice background into the joys and difficulties of teaching, but it also gives an interesting anthropological and cultural look into foreign relations and foreign politics. Great reading!
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The Creative Writing MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students by Tom Kealey
The Creative Writing MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students

Anna, April 24, 2006

this book is a first, and a must-have. tom kealey not only fills the mfa-program-info-void with crucial, relevant, current information; he also offers guidance on the processes of choosing schools, applying, and even entering an mfa program.

as opposed to the awp guide (the former mfa-guide-standard) which provides nothing but empty cardboard stats, kealey's handbook is a trove of information about exactly what various programs have to offer and how they compare to each other. kealey's open, friendly tone and solid practicality will reassure the most anxious of applicants; he is at once both encouraging and sensible.

not only does he know his stuff, kealey is also extraordinarily generous with his knowedge, insights, and time; he has maintained a lively dialogue with readers/applicants over the handbook blog site. in this forum, he addresses specific questions, provides advice in even greater depth, and gathers applicants' input and info on to further augment the handbook's offerings. he takes readers' concerns very seriously, but what's more is that you can tell he truly cares about each person's little struggle. that's insanely rare.

this book is key; it provides a solid and desperately-needed resource for those considering a creative writing mfa.
it covers the entire decision process as well as providing a frameworks of expectations and snags to avoid during a program.

buy it.
use it.

and add your voice to the chorus of grateful mfa wannabes (like me!) for whom kealey has eased the entire process exponentially.

tom kealey rocks!
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