Read Local by Category: Book Review

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Apr 26, 2017

Here at Read Local we're always on the lookout for insightful words about writing. Sarah Manguso's latest book, 300 Arguments, contains quite a few. At its most basic level, the book is a collection of aphorisms. And, since Manguso is a professional writer and writing teacher, some cover that topic. Here are a few to mull over:

Twenty-eight and a Half Wishes
Mar 1, 2017

Don’t let Twenty-eight and a Half Wishes mystery classification fool you. This book is a perfect blend of mystery and romance with just a touch of fantasy.

Butterfly Hours
Nov 16, 2016

In The Butterfly Hours, Dann uses “one-word memory triggers like ‘table’ or ‘car’ . . . as a way” for students, and eventually herself, “to stitch together the patches of [their lives].” Some of the stories shared are those of her students, some are her own. All are beautiful.

May 11, 2016

Robert Benson always takes the question of “how to write a book” very seriously. For he was once "in the same spot and grateful for any help that might move [him] along. . . Sharing the things [he] knows about how a person goes about telling his story seems only right. Perhaps it is even, as the old prayer book says, a good and joyful thing.” He’s the perfect mentor to help nudge a new writer on her way.

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Apr 1, 2016

Since April 1 is both a day for foolishness and the start of National Poetry Month, here are a couple of silly poems.

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Mar 23, 2016

I tell stories. That's what I do for a living. I'm betting you do, too. . . . We are all storytellers.

So what do these radio producers know that I don't? Because, the question is, How do they make these stories solid gold?

That's the burning question Jessica Abel followed that led to the creation of her book Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio. It is a documentary graphic novel about the making of documentary radio stories. And it is a story about storytelling.

Feb 17, 2016

Even if you aren’t quite ready to seek out editors and agents, it’s never too soon to start building your platform. And even if you aren’t interested in building an author’s platform, you should at least check Social Media for Writers out for Chuck Wendig’s Forward. That alone garners a recommendation.

Feb 2, 2016

At first glance, Fieldhouse, by Scott Novosel appears to be a basketball story. And it is a story about basketball. After three tryouts as a walk-on player with the Kansas Jayhawks, Novosel finally succeeds in his senior year.

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May 14, 2015

Combining world travel, video games, puzzles, archeology, advanced technology, mysterious parents, growing danger, and a group of ambitious teenagers, The Lost Tribes by C. Taylor-Butler is quite the adventure.

May 11, 2015

Arlin Buyert’s latest collection, Oh Say Can You See, opens with "Big Brother", a poem that exposes the aftermath of a spirit ravaged by war.  It is a candid poem that ensnares the reader in raw emotion, a poem of spare words, grounding details and a haunting and unforgettable metaphor: “someone else came home:/quiet and brittle as a dead tree.”  By the end of the poem, I felt as if Bobbie was my