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June 2017 Book Review

June 2017 Book Review

I just bought the book Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve by Ben Blatt and thought I’d recommend it to you. The premise fascinates me. Author and statistician, Ben Blatt, assembled a database of thousands of books and culls them for information. Then, he analyzes the data to answer questions about great books and writers.. What writing advice should be followed,…

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January Book Review

January Book Review

I keep a running list of memoirs that look interesting to me. Writer, producer, and showrunner Shonda Rhime’s book, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, has been on that list for a while now. I haven’t read it yet, but when I looked up the book to find out…

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Book Review for November 2016

Book Review for November 2016

Speaking of traditions and family, I know many families who love to watch The Sound of Music every holiday season. Many of you are trying to write your own memoirs and family histories. That’s why this month’s book review is for Julie Andrews’ memoir, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years. In this memoir, Andrews recounts her life leading up…

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September 2016 Book Review

September 2016 Book Review

Richard Blanco, the Winter Park Writers Festival speaker previously mentioned in this newsletter, is a presidential inauguration poet, award-winning author, memoirist, public speaker, a Cuban exile, civil engineer, and someone who grew up and was educated in Miami.His poetry has always harkened back to his youth, his upbringing, his sexuality, and his Cuban heritage. However, in his first memoir, The…

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Book Review for July 2016

Book Review for July 2016

Since I’ve already mentioned a WWII naval officer and this newsletter focuses on taking time to reflect on the details of one’s life, Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author seemed like an appropriate book to choose for this month’s book review. In this memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk reveals how he wove the details from his 100-year lifetime into his…

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Dimestore

The latest Writing Your Life program, Writing People and Places has me focused on, well, people and places. I haven’t read Dimestore: A Writer’s Life by Lee Smith yet, but it looks like it might fit this month’s focus on writing vividly about the people and places that live in our memories. Lee Smith is best known for her forty-five-year career…

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The Art of Memoir book review

The Art of Memoir book review

If you are already a student or fan of memoir, you are likely familiar with Mary Karr who has written several memoirs about her tumultuous childhood in east Texas, her rebellious teenage years, and her later turbulent struggle with alcoholism. Three bestselling memoirs and thirty years teaching the genre under her belt, Karr’s latest book, The Art of Memoir, gives…

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Writing prompt of the month

Writing prompt of the month

I’m reading Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir right now (see review in this newsletter), and it’s a book that has come at the perfect time for me. It’s saying what I need to hear right now. I love when that happens. Karr is an author committed to the genre of memoir who has written three to date, The Liar’s…

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March 2016 Book Reviews

March 2016 Book Reviews

Thanks to the Rollins Winter Park Institute, I was recently able to see and hear, in person, two world-renowned nonfiction writers speak right here in Central Florida–Bill Bryson and Sy Montgomery. I found both of them inspiring and can heartily recommend their latest books to you. Bill Bryson’s most recent book, The Road to Little Dribbling, takes the reader along on a quirky, funny,…

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