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From the Stacks–Last Two Reviews

Reading’s been going slowly these days, perhaps because I’m juggling too many other things, but I’m finally done.  My reviews:

One Writer’s Beginnings, by Eudora Welty.  This short memoir is about how the author’s voice as a writer developed.  Following her process was a nice reminder of my own path and how certain moments come along in which you actually notice yourself observing things in a different way.  It was obvious from how she described things that Miss Welty had not only a writer’s ear, but an artist’s eye. 

Spook, by Mary Roach.  I had the good fortune to see Ms. Roach speak at the Twin Cities Book Festival this year.  She’s a riot, and when she signed my book she included a handmade “ectoplasm bookmark” (a strip of cheesecloth).  I love a writer who takes the time to do things like that.  Her book did not disappoint.  This account of the many ways that science has tried to verify the existence of an afterlife is nicely researched, very funny and delves deeply enough to give the reader much to think about.  It’s tremendous fun following the author’s curiosity as it leads her through the process of researching the question.  I’ll definitely read her previous book, Stiff.

On to the next reading challenge.  Of course, I’m already off the script and I haven’t even started yet.  Instead of the book that was first on my list, Laird Hunt’s The Impossibly, I’ve been seduced by Douglas Preston’s Cities of Gold.  It’s his account of how, on horseback, he traced Coronado’s journey through the Southwest.  It was my bonus selection but I’m moving it up to number one.  So there.

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  1. * Jenny says:

    I have heard about Preston’s book but haven’t read it….can’t wait for you review…

    Posted 10 years, 11 months ago
  2. * Jenny says:

    I have heard about Preston’s book but haven’t read it….can’t wait for you review…

    Posted 10 years, 11 months ago


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