Category Archives: What I learned

What I learned: Maggie, by Charles Martin

I’ve read almost everything Charles Martin has available. Chasing Fireflies is my favorite, and I shared what it taught me in a previous post. Maggie is his second novel – a sequel to The Dead Don’t Dance – and I … Continue reading

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What I learned: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

I find what you’re about to read a bit of a paradox. Not for you necessarily, but for me as I wrote. These little posts are a way for me to comment on books positively by sharing what they taught … Continue reading

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What I learned: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

This is one of those books that kept coming up. Seemingly every person, and by person I mean woman, I know read and adores this book. I can’t remember how many ladies encouraged me to read this novel to better … Continue reading

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What I learned: Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin

Charles Martin’s greatest strength may be in his ability to create setting. The first book I read of his was “When Crickets Cry” and one of the reasons I enjoyed it was imagining Lake Burton, GA where the story took … Continue reading

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Maybe a Pulitzer is NOT in my future.

I wish it weren’t true, but I finally cried “No Mas” in my effort to read “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” the Pulitzer Prize wining novel by Annie Dillard. There is no denying the woman can flat our write; I think … Continue reading

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What I learned: Lenten Lands by Douglas Gresham

A friend, who happens to be my boss, nonchalantly passed this book to me. Knowing how I like to underline, I asked if she meant me to keep it. She said it was mine and I’m glad she did; I … Continue reading

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What I learned: The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

I’ve now read them all. Whether chasing Professor Moriarty or doing his own breaking and entering to solve a crime I’ve read Dr. Watson’s retelling of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I’m all the more equipped for party conversations about … Continue reading

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Inventing the Truth

This book wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but it was helpful in ways unexpected. Zinsser serves as the editor for this collection of chapters written by author’s of acclaimed memoirs. Where I was seeking practical, five-step plans for … Continue reading

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What I learned: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

A good story deserves to be told well. you’d be hard pressed to find someone who would deny the inspirational power of Helen Keller’s life. Blind and deaf, in the 1800’s no less, and still she graduated from college, became … Continue reading

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What I learned: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

This book introduced me to multiple first person narrators. It also┬áreminded┬áme of how much value of good research is to a novel. Two particular concepts, Asperger’s Syndrome and Forensic Science, were featured in this story, and something tells me Jodi … Continue reading

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