Archive for Book Reviews

Entry # 225 – M J O’Brien Tells the Story Behind-the-Story of We Shall Not Be Moved, 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award Winner..

Examines the 1963 Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Civil Rights Movement. Based on Fred Blackwell photo of crisis moments in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Entry # 224 – Sue Collins & Nancy Taylor Robson- on What to Do When You Hear The Worst Possible News: OK – Now What?

What matters most when someone close to you has been diagnosed as terminal? The authors explore ways people can address the all-important time and quality of life issues for the caregiver and the loved ones.

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Entry # 210 – “What I am Reading for May”

Tulip’s from Alex & Aline for Jeanne’s Birthday I am off to Rehoboth Beach, DE in May for a week of reading, walking, and spending time with my partner as we celebrate our first anniversary. We are looking forward to quality time reading and talking about books, so I ordered some books that I long […]

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Entry # 187 – “Love Songs for the Quarantined” – K. L. Cook’s Stories

Photo courtesy Deborah Ford Jan Bowman’s review of K. L. Cook’s 2010 award-winning story collection, Love Songs For The Quarantined, was published online by Trajectory Journal: Writing That Illuminates – March-April 2013.      K. L. Cook’s story collection, Love Songs For The Quarantined, winner of the 2010 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, realistically probes the […]

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Entry # 174 – “Review of David Mercier’s book: A Beautiful Medicine by Laura Mueller –

Thanks to:   Laura A. Mueller, M.Ac., L.Ac.www.lauramueller.comAcupuncture & Zero Balancing©Feel free to comment on the blog site or contact Laura, if you’d like to write to her about this review. David G Mercier David Mercier is a seminar leader, speaker, life coach, and acupuncturist. In the 1970s he went to Sri Lanka where he practiced […]

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Entry # 167 – “Cool Science”

I think writers need to read widely if they want to write thoughtful and thought-provoking work. Whether writers specialize in fiction or nonfiction, writers who read outside their chosen genre have a richer world view and more source material to encourage their creative process.  The New York Times Science section for Tuesday, August 13, 2013, […]

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Entry # 161 – “Telling Secrets: Silas House’s Essay”

I read a thoughtful essay in The New York Times on Sunday, July 14, 2013. The essay, Tell Their Secrets by Silas House, is now online at nytimes.com/opinionator and it is an interesting essay for readers and writers. House says…   “We have to think about all the things that make people endlessly fascinating. Their […]

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Entry # 155 – “When Lopate Went Camping with Emerson”

Photo Credit – Jan Bowman April 2013 Last week one of my self-assigned tasks was to go back and read through some of my journal entries over the past year, a process that allowed me to see my mind unpacking images for stories and exploring deeper possibilities in some of my work under revision.   My journal […]

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Entry # 145 – “Alice Munro’s Selected Stories”

In Alice Munro’s Introduction to her Selected Stories, published in 1997 by Vintage International, Munro says, “a story is not like a road to follow; it’s more like a house.” She says “you go inside stories and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like, discovering how the rooms, windows, […]

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Entry # 132 – READERS TALK BOOKS – Review from Laura Mueller

Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS   by Shirzad Chamine http://positiveintelligence.com/  — Reviewed by Laura Mueller – February 2013 Is our mind our best friend or worst enemy? While it goads us into preparing well for work we do, it awakens us at […]

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