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Sense & Sensibility
It took me a while to get through this, but it was a good read and I enjoyed it. Elinor (the sense in the story) was much more appealing to me than Marianne (the sensibility in the story.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
A great story and Fitzgerald’s lovely prose was perfect.
A Moveable Feast
Recommended by a speaker at the Writer’s Loft, this memoir showcased Hemingway’s experiences as an expatriate in post war Paris, France. His comments about other writers are quite interesting.
A Tale of Two Cities
This was a heavy story and I couldn’t see how all the threads would fit together until the end. I guess this is the sign of good writing, but at times it was rather frustrating. At the end, though, it was a story of redemption and the power of love during the French Revolution.
A great book written in first person. I was studying POV.
Originally published as short stories, we would call them linked stories now. Tale of a southern family in the Civil War. My son had to read this for 10th grade honors English class.
Tender is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgerald
This one was a bit slow to me.
My teacher at the John C. Campbell Folk School who teaches at Georgia Southern University.
The title poem is a masterpiece.
Teaching the Robins
A new friend I met at the Folk School. Her writing is finely crafted and has a lovely balance and beauty to it that I cannot praise enough.
Shew Bird Mountain
Brenda Kay Ledford
She read to us at the Folk School as part of the North Carolina Writer’s Network.
Patricia Donegan, editor
A book of haikus from poets of many different nationalities. There is great commentary about each poem that teaches the reader to pay attention, to become aware of the nuances and sensory detail within the poem and to connect our own hearts to the natural world.
This book has the poem “Anyways” in it – most wonderful.
The Unraveling Strangeness
Definitely a new voice for me, and an interesting one.
Pulitzer Prize winner
Pulitzer Prize Winner
I loved this book. Every poem was conceived as he looked out his big multi-paned window in his cabin on the banks of the Kentucky River.
Her latest book.
Writing Begins with the Breath
I loved this book which incorporated “body breaks” within several of the chapters. It teaches you to become aware of your breathing and your body as you write. As writing can be a physical outlet as much as a mental one, we write to be more fully ourselves. True connection to our writing is created through the mind : body connection.
A Poets’ Companion
I’ve been reading this book for 2 years and still haven’t managed to finish it. But it’s not because it isn’t a good book.
2011 – got fascinated with history books this year!
History of Ireland
A presentation of the sinners and saints of Irish history. McCourt is a native of County Limerick, Ireland and now lives in New York City. A very readable history book told in story form.
When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box
A book that makes you think about what’s really important in life.
What the Stones Remember: A Life Rediscovered
A beautiful book by a poet starting life over after a long struggle with addiction. Lane’s recovery involves working in his British Columbia garden and discovering new life within the flora and fauna and well as within himself.
The Illustrated History of Scotland
Yes, it has pictures, but the writing was quite detailed. For a light history book in preparation for my trip to the UK, this was perfect.
The Illustrated History of England
The Illustrated History of Wales
Experiencing God’s Peace, A Study on Philippians
Read this during my great experiment to see if I could memorize the whole book of Philippians. I did it!
Heaven Was the Moon
My friend and fellow poet’s first book. Kory is a wonderful talent with enough control in her writing to make you feel like you are in the arms of a master when you read her poems. She recites some of these poems while her daughter plays bluegrass and old-time fiddle. Their act is not to be missed!
2012 Reading List
The Undertaking, Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
A book of essays from a poet and mortician. A life-affirming and entertaining book, it gives a sense of what it means to be human. Lynch was born in Ireland but now spends his time as funeral director in a small Michigan town.
Cambridge Illustrated History of Germany
Read in preparation for my Germany trip.
Catcher in the Rye
Can’t believe I never read this.
Her “Memoranda” sections are fabulous.
The Collected Poems
Studying love poems . . . beautiful!