At that moment, I decided to put my ego aside and read the book. I finished it in one sitting. It wasn't always pleasant, mind you. After all, Amy Ahlers was calling me on every lie I ever told myself. But it was necessary. And Ahlers offers challenges, exercises, and affirmations to help you through every lie in the book.
What makes a book chick lit as opposed to literary fiction? This question is, in reality, not difficult to answer -- at least for any thoughtful reader who enjoys a variety of fiction -- but it continues to surface.
During the past year, Goodreads has really become a front and center social network for authors. First, with their new Amazon relationship and now it ...
Qiu Xiaolong's Enigma of China is the kind of thing that writing teachers might dismiss as containing too many implausible dimensions -- except for the fact that almost all that was included is a direct transcript of China's current bizarre reality.
I think it is quite appropriate that we as a society don't simply confine the idea of hero to one who earns his way to significance with knives, swords, bullets or guns. Doing so nurtures an unhealthy construct of masculinity often referred to by academics as hyper or false; you and I simply call it "macho."
Knowing the book was written by the author of the mega-successful Harry Potter books did change my perspective -- but just a bit. There are certainly some notes that will be familiar to anyone who read the adventures of Harry & Co.
The book tells the story of how her immigrant Jewish grandfather, a man whom she adored and who played a large role in her upbringing, came to murder his own child, a teenager named Sally, in 1937. The event would be deemed a mercy killing.
As a prosecutor turned novelist, I'm picky about the crime fiction I read -- which is why Catherine Coulter is one of my favorite authors.
Slow medicine does not disavow fast medicine: A broken bone still needs to be set, a heart attack kept from killing someone, and appendicitis requires surgery. But when acute care has done its job then recovery needs the right milieu, a different form of medicine, where the barriers to healing are removed.
The Silent Wife, by A.A.A. Harrison, is, like Gone Girl, the story of a marriage told from alternating "his" and "her" perspectives. It lacks Gone Girl's physical thrills. But unlike Gone Girl, it has the virtue of meticulous characterization and reality-based plot.
While this isn't the sort of book I would pick up at first glance (it was my book club's choice), I can honestly say that I walked away feeling slightly more enlightened. Enlightened in a spiritual, religious, self-knowing way.
The latest addition to my bookshelves is an interesting one. Successful model, turned alcoholic, turned real estate superstar, turned women's life recovery and empowerment coach Mal Duane tells her story in Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving From Pain to Power.
So here is my advice to the aspiring writer. Write on dear friends. Share your dreams and aspirations with the like-minded. In the great battle between art and commerce, art always triumphs.
Recognizing the importance of the youngest readers of all, Sarah is continuing the weekly online picture book reviews begun by her predecessor Pamela Paul, and paying close attention to titles from publishers small and large, near and far.
Reading Hunter's book left me with several "aha" moments that weren't altogether pleasant but that probably needed to happen for me to move on with my life.
Here are my 10 choices for the most inspiring travel tomes I've ever read. Through the years, they've taken me on introspective, imaginative, wild, reflective and humorous journeys and road trips.
by Mona Simpson
Published on April 15th, 2014
by Akhil Sharma
Published on April 7th, 2014
By Maggie Shipstead
Published on April 8th, 2014
by Michelle Huneven
Published on April 1st, 2014