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Over at BiblioBuffet this week The Disrespectful Interviewer is Dissing Kristy Kiernan. If you scroll down there's also a Crazy Beautiful giveaway. Be well. Don't forget to write.
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Over at BiblioBuffet this week I've got a piece on my impressions of Teddy Kennedy's memoir, True Compass. It's called "Teddy & Me" and there's also a link at the bottom for a Crazy Beautiful giveaway. You can find it all here. Question of the day: What do you think of Teddy Kennedy?...
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AWAIT YOUR REPLY, Dan Chaon. From the jacket flap: The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways--and with unexpected consequences--in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping, brilliantly written new novel. Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can’t stop...
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On BiblioBuffet this week, in my Disrespectful Interviewer column I'm Dissing Greg Logsted and giving away a copy of Crazy Beautiful: here - there's also a Crazy Beautiful giveaway. Be well. Don't forget to write.
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Over at BiblioBuffet this week I'm talking about "Size Matters: Fat Books I Have Loved" and if you scroll down you'll see a Crazy Beautiful giveaway. It's all here. How about you? What fat books have you loved or at least endured? Be well. Don't forget to write.
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COLD SKIN, Steven Herrick. From the jacket flap: Eddie doesn't want to be in school; he wants to work in the mines. But his dad won't go down in the coal pits, and he won't let his sons go either. Nothing much happens in the town of Burruga, except for fights at the pub. Then one Friday night a...
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Agent Kristin Nelson always has something interesting to say on her popular "Pub Rants" blog and her February 3 entry, Why Prologues Often Don't Work, is no exception. It's the kind of piece that sets off all sorts of dialogue in writing communities and before you know it, everyone's...
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Over at BiblioBuffet, the latest in my "Disrespectful Interviewer" series is up. This time, I'm Dissing Tish Cohen. If you scroll to the bottom, you'll also see a link where you can enter a contest for a copy of Crazy Beautiful. How are you doing on this snowy-in-Connecticut day? Be well...
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SHATTERING GLASS, Gail Giles. From the flap copy: "Simon Glass was easy to hate....I guess, really we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him." Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a nerd, a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school...
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My latest Writer-in-Residence column is up on BiblioBuffet. This one's called "Unabashedly for Clinton" and is about my experiences reading Taylor Branch's The Clinton Tapes. Also, if you scroll down to the bottom of the piece, there's a link where you can enter to win the first four...
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THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS, Jess Walter. From the jacket flap: A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea—and his wife's eBay...
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Last night I received an email from Nick Belardes asking if I'd write a few paragraphs for the Random Writers Workshop on character development. Nick is the author of "Random Obsessions" (2009) and "Lords" (2005). While the workshop is helping to build a literary arts scene in...
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ONCE WAS LOST, Sarah Zarr. From the book jacket: Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her...
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Over at BiblioBuffet I've got a new column up in "The Disrespectful Interviewer" series. This time, I'm Dissing Chris Cleave. If you scroll down, you'll see there's also a new contest to win the first four books in The Sisters 8 series. While you're there, be sure to check out all the...
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From the book jacket: Moira Leahy struggled growing up in her prodigious twin's shadow; Maeve was always more talented, more daring, more fun. In the autumn of the girls' sixteenth year, a secret love tempted Moira, allowing her to have her own taste of adventure, but it also damaged the intimate,...
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