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Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Cancer

Review: I know of no other writer who makes words truly live like Henry Miller does. "Cancer" is his best (although the neglected "Colossus of Maroussi" runs a close second), full of enthusiasm, rampant lust-driven adventures, a man living though it rain crocodiles, a visionary portrait of a person determined to live in this cracked and dying earth that will drag you down and suffocate you if you let it. Living has nothing to do with money. It has nothing to do with prestige, nothing to do with a career... Read more

Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics)
Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics)

Review: I started reading this with great expectations, but I quickly realized I was having a hard time reading the story. The print in the book I received is very small, and I'm now wondering if I should not have seen the movie....three times...before attempting to read the book. Read more

Entire Outlander universe in reading order - Outlander series only
Entire Outlander universe in reading order - Outlander series only

Review: I wanted an, "Outlander World" Order of events, reading list. This gives you;
A published date list,
A Lord John list,
A short story list and
An Outlander series list.
I want to read the series, as it happens... So Since time is a loop, Maybe it starts with Rogers parents short story or not?
It could have the traditional reading order, then a, "Spoiler Alert" lists section in different chronological orders.
This would be helpful for a Outlander Virgin or an "Outlander Outla... Read more

Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets
Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets

Review: Great book that really helps to clarify the often confusing, meandering aspects of grant writing. This is grant writing instruction told straight. Very helpful and useful. A solid, reliable resource to improve your grant writing skills ... and you have them! Read more

Win the Inner War & Let Your Art Shine - The Heart To Start
Win the Inner War & Let Your Art Shine - The Heart To Start

Review: Excellent guidance on how to overcome the sometimes invisible psychological barriers that prevent people from starting a project and/or pursuing a goal. Mental traps like the "Fortress Fallacy" and perfectionism are insidious not only in their ability to prevent people from pursuing a goal, but also in their ability to erode confidence over time until so much avoidance turns to a life of regret. The author shows readers how these barriers convincingly give us reasons to avoid projects/goals we w... Read more

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

Review: As a writer of non-fiction myself, I have recently rediscovered Bradbury. I read his science fiction before I ever started writing (forty-some years ago!)and I am delighted to be led to him again by my Fiction Writing teacher, Marshall Cook, who recommended this book. It is not only informative but also a great inspiration and aid to beginning writers as well as experienced ones. Reading this book sent me back to Amazon for MORE BRADURY!
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How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author
How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author

Review: I will never be a Janet Evanovich and have never read her books although I am familiar with her as a great author. But I do write (only one novel and several non-fiction) but this little book is an excellent and easy read to help aspiring writers with the entire writing process. She begins characters, moves through structure and all the other points many of which I never thought of and ends with publishing and editors and agents, you name it. What I like the most is the question and answer forma... Read more

A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story

Review: Lavinia, like Helen of Troy, is a woman of epic poetry, over whom wars are fought. Given little to say in The Aeneid, she blossoms in her own story. I thought it was interesting how Le Guin creates a character who is aware that she is the creation of a poet, but lives her life to the fullest. A great read. Read more

Long Day's Journey into Night
Long Day's Journey into Night

Review: I had a friend once tell me that he had just read this play and had decided it was overrated. From that point on, I never considered anything he had to say very important. He had pretty much revealed his inner workings and I saw him for the ignoramus he is. I have read this play numerous times, seen play versions with Ralph Richardson and Jack Lemmon playing James Tyrone. It's a beautiful play, a funny play, a play that works one over, and leaves one feeling totally satisfied. If you never reall... Read more

200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide
200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide

Review: I considered using this book as a text in a creative writing course, but I thought it wasn't a good choice. The over-the-top attempts at humor weren't very funny, to me, and the tone struck me as condescending. Overall, it missed the mark. Read more

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