Posts filed under ‘Good readers make good writers: Book reviews’

Jun 11 2015
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Good readers make good writers: Finally reading Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones”

Good readers make good writers: Finally reading Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones”

This week in my Writer’s Eye course, several of my students made mention of their “heaven.” We were discussing sound, and one student memorably described her property’s landscape as a sanctuary, and the sound of her neighbor’s chainsaws and landscaping equipment as screeching, whining intrusions. I’ve thought a lot lately about how people use and interpret the word “heaven”: a taste of ice cream, or a few minutes to one’s self with a good book,…

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May 20 2015
Comments Off on Good readers make good writers: Lying-A Metaphorical Memoir, impossible to categorize or put down

Good readers make good writers: Lying-A Metaphorical Memoir, impossible to categorize or put down

Good readers make good writers: Lying-A Metaphorical Memoir, impossible to categorize or put down

  I’ve previously reviewed memoirs by Wendy Ortiz and Cheryl Strayed here, and in my recent post about must-reads and stacks of unfinished books, I mentioned another memoir called Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir. I’ve finished it, and I couldn’t wait to tell you how unique and incredible it is. Lauren Slater is the author, and this is not her first nonfiction work. Perhaps you’ve heard of or read Prozac Diary or Welcome to My Country?…

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Apr 09 2015
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Good readers make good writers: Review of Wendy C. Ortiz’ “Excavation: A Memoir”

Good readers make good writers: Review of Wendy C. Ortiz' "Excavation: A Memoir"

I’m on a serious kick with female-authored memoirs. Last month, I reviewed Cheryl Strayed’s incredible memoir Wild. Since then, I’ve also devoured a memoir called The Chronology of Water, by Lidia Yuknavitch, and was so moved and astounded by it that I literally can’t think of how to discuss it yet. I’m still in the press-it-into-friends’-hands phase of my engagement with that book (as such, my copy is not currently in my possession). I can’t…

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Mar 16 2015
Comments Off on Good readers make good writers: A review of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”

Good readers make good writers: A review of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”

Good readers make good writers: A review of Cheryl Strayed's "Wild"

I want to start reviewing books here on the Center’s blog because, as I often tell my students when they make a particularly strong insight or connection in response to a reading, good readers make good writers. I recently finished Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild, which is about the author’s adventures hiking the Pacific Crest Trail—alone. That’s right. Strayed, an inexperienced hiker, a grief-stricken 26-year-old whose mother had just died, a “wild child” dabbling dangerously with…

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