8 May, 2020

Three Uplifting but True-to-Life Books for You to Read during these Trying Pandemic Times

May 8th, 2020|Tags: , |

In the face of depressing news I always ask myself: What can we set against it? And I always end up with the same answer: The pursuit of beauty and [...]

14 Jun, 2019

The Chore of Writing Book Reviews: Is Having to Read a Book Worth it?

June 14th, 2019|Tags: , , |

I just clicked the Send button to submit my last book review. Until now I told myself that this would be my last. I don't want to have to read [...]

19 Mar, 2018

Book Companion Post: My Aunt Herta

March 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Herta and I, Wiesbaden, 2002 Today would have been my Aunt Herta's birthday. I like to remember loved ones on their birthdays, and since Herta is one of [...]

6 Aug, 2016

I’m Reading…

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{August Break 8/6: I'm Reading...} I can never just read one book! My current bedtime reading is Yossi Klein Halevi's Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist. I loved his book Like [...]

8 Dec, 2015

A Comfort Book – Ted Kooser’s Local Wonders

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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 [...]

2 Mar, 2015

On Not Reading a Book

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I didn't read the book for the December meeting of the Memoir Workshop I teach at StoryStudio Chicago. If the instructor doesn't read the assigned book, that's pretty bad, right? [...]

6 May, 2014

When a Book is Done

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I just finished a book I really liked, one I had been meaning to read for a while, and I'm sad it's done. That's the hallmark of a good book, [...]

10 Feb, 2014

The Bookshelves of Others

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The bookshelves of other people are fascinating. What do they tell you? When I'm invited to other people's homes, I appreciate when one of the rooms I get to be in [...]

1 Jan, 2014

Looking Back: My Most Meaningful Read of 2013

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My most meaningful read of 2013 was, without a doubt, Julia Cameron's The Right to Write. It transformed my understanding of the creative process; it has me writing Morning Pages [...]

10 Nov, 2013

Sunday Sentence

November 10th, 2013|Tags: |

Just sharing a stunning sentence I reread and thus I am participating in the Sunday Sentence Project (#SundaySentence on Twitter): "In the perpetual now that is book time." From Lia Purpura's [...]

15 Sep, 2013

Sunday Sentence

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Thanks to Erika Dreifus for reminding me of the Sunday Sentence Project, which asks others to share the best sentence(s) they read during the past week, “out of context and [...]

4 Aug, 2013

Sunday Sentence

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Thanks to Erika Dreifus, I've become aware of David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project (#SundaySentence on Twitter), which asks others to share the best sentence(s) they’ve read during the past week, [...]

29 Jul, 2013

How I Found a Most Meaningful Book

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Sometimes it is interesting to retrace where something began, when a meaningful connection was made. My interview with Susannah Conway appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books last week, and [...]

11 Jul, 2013

A Lesson in Submitting

July 11th, 2013|Tags: , |

...or: How I got published in the Wall Street Journal. I'm a guest at my friend Nancy Kopp's blog today, so please head on over to discover her blog and [...]

29 Jun, 2013


June 29th, 2013|Tags: , , |

  Need I say more? Art book by Sue Sommers, created in the Literary Hybrid/Book Arts class at the Kenyon Writers Workshop

18 Jun, 2013

My Name on a Poster

June 18th, 2013|Tags: |

I'm at the Kenyon Writers Workshop right now, indulging in a week focused on writing and fulfilling my obligations as a fellow. Among those obligations was giving a reading along [...]

10 Jun, 2013

Why I Won’t Subscribe to Red Magazine

June 10th, 2013|Tags: |

There it is! The white curve of Red's R in a deeply red square in the upper  shelf at Barnes & Noble, right next to the magazine named "culture." Tomorrow I [...]

3 Jun, 2013

One Benefit of Reading with a Kindle

June 3rd, 2013|Tags: , |

I've discovered one definite benefit to reading with a Kindle, thanks to my friend Barbara who lent me hers so I could read a bit of a book she felt [...]

6 Sep, 2012

On Having Your Own Library

September 6th, 2012|Tags: , |

When my grandparents were expelled from their hometown in Czechoslovakia after World War II, they lost their house and all their possessions, but the loss my grandfather lamented the most [...]

17 Aug, 2012

A Book Vacation

August 17th, 2012|Tags: , |

We've been dealing with a few health issues lately (everything seems OK now), and so I've slacked off blogging, but yesterday as I retired to my bathtub with the newest [...]

21 Jun, 2012

Reading: In Love with an Old Book – E.B. White’s One Man’s Meat

June 21st, 2012|Tags: , |

Once in a while we read a classic in my Advanced Memoir Workshop, and this June the group chose E.B. White's One Man's Meat. The book proved hard to get from the library [...]

24 May, 2012

Reading: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

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Edmund de Waals' memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes was my favorite memoir of 2011, and yet I am still trying to figure out why because it defies so many of the [...]

10 May, 2012

Reading: At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard

May 10th, 2012|Tags: , |

I found myself developing a love/hate relationship Joyce Maynard’s At Home in the World. My Advanced Memoir Workshop had picked it for our April reading.  First of all, At Home [...]

9 May, 2012

Book Covers Notecards

May 9th, 2012|Tags: |

I usually don't feature shopping tips on this blog, but I just ordered these book covers notecards as birthday gifts for book lover friends, and I thought I'd share this [...]

11 May, 2011

Book Readers vs. Book Owners

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I loved how the CEO of Penguin, John Makinson, differentiated between book readers and book owners when asked, in Monday's article in the Wall Street Journal, whether there will be a [...]

8 Apr, 2011

Book Reviews on Amazon

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Danielle Ofri told my writing group back in January that those book reviews on amazon make a huge difference to a writer, not only in terms of feedback but in [...]

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