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I have heard interesting things about Jack Mapanje. So look forward to reading his memoir.

I have heard interesting things about Jack Mapanje. So look forward to reading his memoir.

James P. Blaylock is one of the founding fathers of steampunk and The Aylesford Skull is his first full-length steampunk novel in twenty years.

James P. Blaylock is one of the founding fathers of steampunk and The Aylesford Skull is his first full-length steampunk novel in twenty years.

A new short story from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian author who wrote Americanah and can be heard dropping feminist truth-bombs on the Beyoncé track “Flawless,” appeared Monday in Matter. Possessed of Adichie’s usual poise and clarity, it has a very beautiful opening paragraph: How softly the rain fell that Monday...

A new short story from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian author who wrote Americanah and can be heard dropping feminist truth-bombs on the Beyoncé track “Flawless,” appeared Monday in Matter. Possessed of Adichie’s usual poise and clarity, it has a very beautiful opening paragraph: How softly the rain fell that Monday...

#1.  "Skinny Legs and All," by Tom Robbins.  Artist/waitress Ellen Cherry Charles leaves SC for a new life in NY in a vehicle shaped like a giant turkey, 5 inanimate objects face danger crossing the U.S. on their way to Jerusalem, a young belly dancer lifts the veils from society's illusions, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestine.  This book is an engrossing and fun exploration of the meaning of art, the evolution of religion, and how both relate to society.

#1. "Skinny Legs and All," by Tom Robbins. Artist/waitress Ellen Cherry Charles leaves SC for a new life in NY in a vehicle shaped like a giant turkey, 5 inanimate objects face danger crossing the U.S. on their way to Jerusalem, a young belly dancer lifts the veils from society's illusions, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestine. This book is an engrossing and fun exploration of the meaning of art, the evolution of religion, and how both relate to society.

“I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg.  With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft.  Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg. With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives.

Anything by Jodi Picoult is worth your time!  Just be sure to have the time because you won't be able to put the book down!

Anything by Jodi Picoult is worth your time! Just be sure to have the time because you won't be able to put the book down!

Writing magic: Creating Stories that Fly, by Gail Carson Levine. I really love the cover for this book. It's about writing, and it's kinda interesting, but I found it more for kids 9-12 or new writers - when I got it I felt like I had heard pretty much everything she talked about. I still like it, though.

Writing magic: Creating Stories that Fly, by Gail Carson Levine. I really love the cover for this book. It's about writing, and it's kinda interesting, but I found it more for kids 9-12 or new writers - when I got it I felt like I had heard pretty much everything she talked about. I still like it, though.