A writing mentor once told me, "To be a writer [of memoir] is to be a very good detective." Like a detective, the memoir writer finds the tension points, the contradictions, and the core story.
I have been in my current book group for almost eight years, and although I love the books and the company of smart women, what I value most about it is that it did not disband as soon as I joined. Like the other two book groups did. Really, it was enough to give this reading woman a complex.
"Listen to the stories your food can tell you," my Italian granddad always says. So commences the bedtime story In the Kitchen with Grandad. Running to 26 pages and focusing on Italian cuisine, it is the first paperback in a series of vignettes on international cooking.
Enough about oddballs and out of the box activity. Let's hear it for the ordinary folk, their humble origins, and their impact on the language...
Kris Radish's tenth novel, The Year of Necessary Lies, follows an eventful year in the life of budding ornithologist and activist, Julia Britton, who learns through the beauty and power of birds the skills to change her own life.
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books is a story about an elephant named Horton who hears a speck of dust calling to him, a speck that turns out to be a tiny imperiled planet with a town called Whoville.
Alice Hoffman's sentences possess a musical cadence that demand to be read aloud like poetry, which I often did with great pleasure as I read "The Marriage of Opposites."
Hite's story spans the years from 1925 thru 1993. The moments of these women's lives flit back and forth rather than being laid out in a linear manner. This can be confusing for the reader but it does allow for certain mysteries to remain unsolved until the end of the book.
From "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz to "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, here are the must-read books for 2015.
Promoting a book on social networks is not as seamless as it sounds, particularly if the book (and relative promotion messages) focuses on sexuality.
It's not that you want to save Taylor; you know you can't. By the end of page two, Debra Busman has established a child character as complex and compelling as any adult.
One culture that is often left out of curriculums on multiculturalism is Jewish culture. While most curriculums do something that recognizes the Holocaust, a particularly relevant culture to students, especially New Yorkers, is Jewish American life.
I once felt quite famous as a poet. Indeed, now that I think of it, I have felt famous twice.
Oliver Sacks the prominent neurologist who recently died, wrote about his own prosopagnosia which is the inability to recognize faces. But it was curious that he had an extraordinary ability to recognize and empathize with the conditions of his patients.
The Kennedy Connection was a cleverly written, suspenseful page turner in the best sense and Shooting for the Stars is its' worthy successor. In this saga, Malloy is thrown into the sleazy, headline-grabbing world of a prime-time TV newsmagazine when he joins forces with a beautiful reporter who has uncovered answers long buried that lead to the solving of a cold case from decades before.
What defines Irish poetry today? A survey of recently published Irish titles suggests the striking variety of voices, aesthetics, and anxieties emerging from the Emerald Isle.
The purpose of this article is to start a revolution. A non-violent one, based on voluntary change in civil society.
My mother encouraged me to follow my dreams as a child, which is why she allowed me to leave college and focus on my passion for music. Little did I know that 20 years later, I'd literally be following my dreams.