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Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron
Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

Kim Griswell, August 5, 2012

I've been an editor for close to twenty years and a writer for even longer, so most writing books fail to offer me anything new. This one does. By making her writing theory brain-based, Cron shows writers (both new and seasoned) not only HOW story works but WHY story (and books) is essential to human development. I started reading the book on a Thursday and by Friday I was already teaching its concepts to my own writing students. If you write or want to write, this book will leapfrog you ahead of all those other would-be writers who don't understand the brain-book connection.
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Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Going Bovine

Kim Griswell, November 9, 2010

Looking for a road trip read that involves mad cow disease mixed with physics, myth, music, and insights into the nature of death and reality? OK. Then how about a dwarf, a gnome, an angel, and a conspiracy to trap people in snow globes? What if the kid with mad cow disease gets to have sex with the angel? Going Bovine is all of that and a whiff of reefer. But you have to have a pretty good brain to go along for this ride!
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The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley
The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)

Kim Griswell, November 4, 2010

Did you ever wonder why Mark Twain's hair always looked as if it had thoughts of its own? Maybe he saw this coming: a behind-the scenes look at Papa Twain from the point of view of his daughter Susy. You see, Papa wasn't the only scribbler in the Twain household. Susy was a chronicler, too-a chronicler of the life of her beloved father. The book includes mini-journals with excerpts in Susy's script stuck between the pages of the lively main story. If you're interested in one of America's greatest storytellers (and want your kids to be, too), then you won't want to miss this unique perspective on Papa Twain.
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Sunshine by Robin Mckinley

Kim Griswell, December 15, 2009

I have to admit an aversion to the wave of vampire books kicked off by a not-to-be mentioned not-well-written recent bestseller, but I've always been a fan of Robin McKinley's writing and the cover blurb by Neil Gaiman didn't hurt. All I can say is if you're out there reading vampire books and you haven't read this one or if you're avoiding them but tempted, pick up Sunshine. These vamps weren't written for love-sick teens. They're visceral and smelly and shudder-making, and McKinley's hero is reluctant with a capitol "r". The smell of cinnamon rolls wafts off the pages (she's a baker) and if you don't have to head out for a Voodoo doughnut after reading this, well, maybe you only think you're still among the living, or, sadly for you, not living in Portland.
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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson

Kim Griswell, October 12, 2009

Hold onto your Huxley tentacles, mates, and let Westerfield take you up into the atmosphere where the air is thin but the writing is thrilling. After hearing the author speak at Portland, Oregon's Wordstock last weekend and seeing slides of the amazing black and white illustrations that adorn this YA novel, I couldn't resist picking up a copy and getting it signed. Westerfield has created an alternative WWI filled with "beasties" and "clankers" and two young heroes up to their bums in action. The only problem with this book is I can't stop reading long enough to get any work done.
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