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writer_rider has commented on (21) products.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

writer_rider, October 22, 2014

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is an exquisite example of a naturalist essay. Reading this book is like taking time to do a meditation. The pace at which the author is able to move allows her to make the most minute observations of a snail that hitches a ride on a gift of wildflowers brought by a friend. I recommend owning this book and reaching for it when a quiet read is what your mind seeks.


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The Rathbones by Janice Clark
The Rathbones

writer_rider, December 13, 2013

While this book so obviously starts out based on the tale of Ulysses, it quickly begins to twist and cliff-hang while bringing in elements from other stories and myths. When I'm away from the book, I fantasize about having time alone with it again (I'm not quite finished). I grow impatient with Mercy, silently screaming at her to ask more questions to reveal more of the Rathbone history. This novel is dark and poetic. Not right from the start, but once you are in, you fall under the spell, just like the women in this book fall for the Rathbone men. A great, late-night, no distractions read.
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Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Carol Smallwood
Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing

writer_rider, January 17, 2013

It can be difficult to write about family for either fiction or nonfiction and know how to create a critical distance and stay out of legal hot water. This book includes ways to navigate those issues, actual writing exercises and places to publish writing on family. Many common questions are answered and the book addresses beginning as well as experienced writers. Essays from published writers speak to staying professional and ethical while exploring emotions with sincerity. Good book to have on hand if you are writing memoirs or weaving life experiences into works of fiction.
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

writer_rider, January 7, 2013

This is the most empowering book I've ever read. What I used to view as my negative traits, I now see as strengths. Reading this left me feeling validated and empowered. Cain does a great job of explaining the difference between introverts and extroverts and sees the positives in both. She works to explain the differences between the two and the strengths each personality type has. Still us introverts often need help being heard, and I'm grateful for Cain's assistance. Very readable and the information is easy to digest.
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The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
The Tiger's Wife

writer_rider, January 1, 2012

One of the best examples of a writer shifting points of view and places in time that I have ever read -- the magic realism is handled equally as well. Obreht's writing is clear and concise -- the imagery is rich -- every word counts. I was drawn into this book immediately and wanted it to last, but read it all over two days of vacation. Well worth the read.
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