2016 ended on a high note for me, literarily speaking. I read some extraordinary books in November and December. As this is one of my favorite blogs of the year, I can’t wait to share them with you. America’s First Daughter, a historical novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is simply an extraordinary read. Based on […]

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“All crime novels are social novels,” says Laura Miller in her recent article “Try To Remember” in The New Yorker, an article devoted to Dublin-based mystery writer Tana French (Oct. 3, 2016, page 72). Unlike many articles in The New Yorker, this one cuts to the chase. Says Miller, “Most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is […]

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The State of the State We’re settling in for fall around here. Brilliant color, cold morning walks, baked apples. Most of the wineries have finished harvesting grapes and are now processing the bounty into next year’s wines. My dear friends Cheryl and Ginny and Margie, along with several other friends, celebrate birthdays with me in October. Cheryl and I also […]

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More than half of 2016 is behind us, and it’s a good time for a mid-year book review. How is your reading going? Mine is a little slower than I would have liked, but I’m reading some terrific stuff, so let’s get started. One of my guilty pleasures was re-reading Tana French’s thriller Faithful Place. […]

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Looking back, over the year, I find that I’ve read only 27 books to date. Strangely for me, there were more books. I just didn’t complete them…or even get very far into them. First, let me just say that I’m a dolt. I picked up and attempted to read both The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Pulitzer Prize […]

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If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.   –Stephen King, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” Imagine reading Stephen King’s “Great Commandment” if you’re a writer. It’s  […]

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Much more is involved in birthing a novel than the simple acts of coming up with a story line, planting one’s butt in a chair, and drafting the thing. On the surface, my second novel is written. Am I done with it? Hell no! For those of you who follow this blog, and for my friends who […]

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