5 May, 2016

Writing Exericse: A Startling Sound

May 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever been startled by a sound you had never heard before? Stopped in your tracks, wondering what the hell was going on? Felice Benuzzi's unique adventure memoir No [...]

2 Mar, 2016

A Navy Blue Sigh

March 2nd, 2016|Tags: , , , |

"Eventually, I hear footsteps crunching along the side of the house through the glazed snow and my mother's navy blue sigh through the frozen air." from The Language of Baklava [...]

8 Dec, 2015

A Comfort Book

December 8th, 2015|Tags: , , |

The other day I cast about for a comfort book, something pleasant to read in the tub after a busy day. Usually that would mean an Agatha Christie mystery for [...]

21 Sep, 2015

A Memoir of the Pain of Suicide and the Gift of Siblings

September 21st, 2015|Tags: , |

Kelley reading at her book launch party at the Book Cellar in June September is Suicide Awareness Month, and on this occasion I want to present you with the beautiful [...]

7 May, 2015

Thank You, Abigail Thomas

May 7th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Once in a while a book comes along that is like an old armchair. You simply don't want to get up. You could read on and on until your butt [...]

24 Feb, 2015

Interview with Sarah Wildman

February 24th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

In December I interviewed Sarah Wildman about her book Paper Love. This was a particular privilege because Paper Love is my kind of story: figuring out what happened in a [...]

2 Oct, 2014

Deborah Levy’s Things I Don’t Want to Know

October 2nd, 2014|Tags: , |

Isn't this a great title? It's a great book, too; one of the most skillfully wrought I have read in a long time. Things I Don't Want to Know is [...]

30 Jun, 2014

Glen Finland on the Power of Storytelling

June 30th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Meeting other formidable writers is one of the great benefits of attending a writers residency. And so, last January, I had the great fortune of meeting Glen Finland during my [...]

23 Jun, 2014

The Power of Practice

June 23rd, 2014|Tags: , , |

While I am off amidst the frenzy and heat of the World Cup in Brazil, I leave you with a post on practice, inspired by Natalie Goldberg's newest book, The [...]

29 May, 2014

Living with Chronic Pain

May 29th, 2014|Tags: , |

I can't write about the book I recently finished and liked so much, Lynne Greenberg's The Body Broken, without going into my own experience of chronic pain, which is why [...]

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