Category Archives: book reviews

Be True Blue

A few days ago, I shared my impressions of two books I’ve recently read, Educated by Tara Westover and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. Both books are marvelous; both are about strength, determination, and becoming.Educated is a memoir, and Tiny … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up

I’ve done more reading than writing lately. Part of it is because I love reading and learning, and part of it is because my muse mojo has gone into hiding. I’ve read bits and pieces of several interesting and fascinating … Continue reading

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A Circle of Quiet

Yesterday I finally got around to posting a review of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Circle of Quiet on Amazon. A lovely book of reflections on the author’s life experiences, opinions, and beliefs, it had me at this sentence found near the … Continue reading

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Love/Hate Relationship

Powerful. Compelling. Unsettling. Instructional. These and other descriptors depict my thoughts and feelings on pretty much every page of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Although I’d heard of Stowe’s well-known work for most of my life, I didn’t read it until this … Continue reading

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Enlightenment

I’ve been doing more reading than writing this week. What can I say? So many good books to read, so little time. And I’m trying to follow the advice of successful writers who say good readers make good writers. I … Continue reading

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Ramona and Alessandro

So many books, so little time. I don’t know when I first discovered the power of the written word. Not that I don’t like the oral tradition of story telling, but the written is special in that you can go … Continue reading

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Persimmon Wilson

A few years ago, I was browsing through a bookstore in Myrtle Beach when I came across a book titled A Broom of One’s Own by Nancy Peacock. Curious, I picked it up and began spot reading, jumping from chapter … Continue reading

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South Carolina Writers

Let’s hear it for South Carolina writers! Recently I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to read books by authors residing right here in the Palmetto State, Sandy Richardson and Roger Newman. Richardson is a retired educator who lives in SC’s Midlands.  Newman, … Continue reading

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On the Road with a Monk

It’d be nice if people actually read one or both of my blogs, but whether anyone does or not, I plan to keep plodding along putting a little something related to reading or writing (this blog) or to life (Mom’s … Continue reading

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Big Magic

I’m not sure why Amazon won’t publish this review of Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic. It’s a marvelous book, one that will sell you on the dual elements of hard labor and fairy dust in bringing one’s work into being. Undeterred, … Continue reading

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