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Interviews | April 8, 2014

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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    Gabrielle Zevin 9781616203214

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Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Writing Down the Bones

prufrock31, March 17, 2010

Reading this book is a lot like having a very patient, very practical best friend who knows exactly what keeps you from writing your best or maybe even writing at all, and exactly why it's so important that you stop making excuses and do it anyway. Goldberg offers a few exercises to get you going, but more valuable is her portrayal of the writing life, the unglorified, day-to-day discipline of sitting down and putting pen to paper.
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Wild Iris by Louise Glueck
Wild Iris

prufrock31, March 17, 2010

This book knocked my socks off, plain and simple. Gluck moves easily through different voices, speaking at times as a flower, a human, a god, to create a complete and moving portrait of what it means to be alive.
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

prufrock31, March 17, 2010

This book didn't grab me right away, though I enjoyed the characters, from feisty Skye and her sisters to carefully drawn minor characters like Harry the Tomato Man. But before I knew it, I was gradually, quietly drawn in to this story of two vastly different families and their effects on one another. A few characters never transcend the realm of caricature, unfortunately - I would have liked to know more about Mrs. Tifton than her mysterious past and her present chilly exterior. But the undercurrent of mostly-unspoken sadness shared by the Penderwicks and the Tiftons flavors the book with a realism that elevates it to more than the sweet, old-timey story it seems at first glance.
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