Monthly Archives: October 2010

Mary Karr’s Secret–Humility and Confidence–Interview in the Paris Review

Mary Karr has done it again. Maybe I should say that Amanda Fortini has done it–meaning that the interview Fortini published in The Paris Review with Karr as a subject is wonderful. If you haven’t read any of Karr’s poetry … Continue reading

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Smell: The Memoir Writer’s Stimulus Package

“What smells trigger memory for you?” My niece Joyous Derner asked the above question on her Facebook page a few days ago. She got lots of responses, which led me to remember a wonderful book:  Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History … Continue reading

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Just in Time for Halloween: A Review of Out of the Transylvania Night

Lanie Tankard, guest reviewer, is back!  This time she has chosen a book that connects to an experience of her own life. I think her “bookend” intro and conclusion is as interesting as the review herself.  I also think Lanie … Continue reading

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Bo Caldwell’s City of Tranquil Light: A Review

If you subscribe to Christian Century magazine, you may have read my review of City of Tranquil Light in the fall books edition. If you aren’t a subscriber, you can read it below. Dora Dueck also wrote an excellent review … Continue reading

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Reposting a Tribute to My Mother-in-Law: A Mini-Memoir

My first blog was created on the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference site. When the site closed, I lost the web connection for this post written in 2008. I am reposting it so that others can appreciate the woman I considered … Continue reading

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