Category Archives: Writing

Which Writers Make You Want To Write? Jonathan Rogers

When I teach writing seminars, my favorite “introduce yourself” question is Which writers make you want to write? This is a different question from Who are your favorite writers? or Who do you think the best writers are? I love John … Continue reading

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Review of An Officer and a Spy

  In Robert Harris’ An Officer and a Spy, Alfred Dreyfuss is stripped of his rank, charged with treason, and shipped to Devil’s Island, barely escaping the firing squad. But not all are convinced that the Jewish officer is guilty … Continue reading

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Review of The Poisoner’s Handbook

  In Deborah Blume’s, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, the author reveals how Charles Norris and Andrew Gettler investigated mysterious deaths that had previously gone unsolved. Each chapter traces the … Continue reading

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Review of Things That Matter

  In his book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics, Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer shares his invaluable insight into everything from baseball to America’s role in the world. Delivered with his characteristically concise … Continue reading

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Review of Avenue of Spies

  In Alex Kershaw’s Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied France, Dr. Charles Sumner, his wife Tonette, and their son Philip, live on Avenue Foch, an upper-crust neighborhood in … Continue reading

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Prioritize Your Writing by Peter Leavell

I broke my finger and had surgery, and need to not type for a few weeks, so my daughter Kade, age 15, took her experience of watching me write for the past 10 years and wrote a bit of advice … Continue reading

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Review of The Wood’s Edge

In Lori Benton’s The Wood’s Edge, Major Reginald Aubrey suffers two overwhelming losses in quick succession. As the fort he’s defending falls into French hands, Aubrey’s newborn son dies in his mother’s arms. Terrified for what the loss of the … Continue reading

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