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Fitzgerald Resurrected

I just finished reading the newly published collection of lost stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it brought back my decades-old teenage obsession with Scott and Zelda. My younger self was taken with the tragic progression of Zelda's life, but in this book, I found a new respect for Fitzgerald as a writer and a… Continue reading Fitzgerald Resurrected

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2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner: Simplicity @ its Best!

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a writer, the most sought-after praise I would want is for my work to be called 'clever' - and Olive Kitteridge is exactly that - CLEVER! A collection of short stories that looks no further than in the windows (sometimes pulling aside the… Continue reading 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner: Simplicity @ its Best!

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My Journey with Steinbeck Continues…

I've taken a summer lover! After reading East of Eden and the journal he kept while writing Eden, it appears I'm embarking on a summer affair with John Steinbeck. Next up is The Winter of Our Discontent, which is the last novel Steinbeck wrote. Published in 1961, he received the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature… Continue reading My Journey with Steinbeck Continues…

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Turn the Page…Summer Crossing by Truman Capote

Today I read two works of Truman Capote: One Christmas and Summer Crossing.  A day worth living. *And if you read my previous post regarding 'details', you'll see I'm not adverse to them at all. A well-turned phrase is a gift and not in the same unfortunate distinction of unnecessarily long-winded prose. Capote is a… Continue reading Turn the Page…Summer Crossing by Truman Capote

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Turn the Page: Make a Scene

Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time by Jordan E. Rosenfeld My rating: 5 of 5 stars I normally try to read two books at a time, one for pleasure and one as a learning tool for my writing. Last week I finished Make a Scene by Jordan Rosenfeld, and… Continue reading Turn the Page: Make a Scene

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Tuesday’s Turn the Page: UnWholly

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman My rating: 4 of 5 stars After putting it down for a few days, I finally had time to finish UnWholly, the 2nd in Shusterman's trilogy about Connor, Risa and Lev - three teens navigating their way thru the leftover chaos from the 2nd Civil War. The story is still smart… Continue reading Tuesday’s Turn the Page: UnWholly

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Tuesday’s Turn the Page: Unwind

Unwind by Neal Shusterman My rating: 4 of 5 stars So after a long holiday and a fabulous trip to NYC, it's time to get back to the work at hand...writing! Today's Turn the Page comes at the hands of my daughter's high school Honor's English teacher. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman - is on her… Continue reading Tuesday’s Turn the Page: Unwind