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Robin’s September Book Reviews

In the Not Quite Dark: Stories by Dana Johnson Straight to the heart, these stories describe the “normalcy” of real life, the strange feelings about who we are, who we become, where we live. Of course there is nothing normal about any of it. Johnson has great Voice and took me into a world that […]

Book Club The Sympathizer by Vietnam Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer by Vietnam Thanh Nguyen “The Sympathizer follows a nameless spy who has infiltrated the South Vietnamese army and flees with its remnants to America. His mission: report on their efforts to continue their lost war. As the aide to a general who refuses to admit defeat, he observes the struggles of the Vietnamese refugees […]

Robin’s August Book Reviews

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. Otsuka was the community book author this year for her book, When the Empire was Divine, so I decided to read this book as well. I like the clever way it is written, first person plural, with many lists. I imagine it must have been quite a […]

To Write or Not to Write

As I previously mentioned I had decided to take on the new task of writing a non-fiction book. This can be very different from fiction, most important to me being that you can write a book proposal prior to tackling the whole manuscript. Book proposals are not easy critters either, but I wanted to try […]

Marlene’s August Book Reviews

Audio Books My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira, read well by Kimberly Farr.  Here is a gripping story of a woman who is a midwife with aspirations to become a surgeon which is a more poignant story as it takes place within the period of the American Civil War.  When 2/3 of the casualties […]

If only Writers could skip the rest of the process

Four years ago I decided I wanted to write a book. I picked up my laptop and went on a road trip. I wrote the first drafts of TWO novels. I was well on my way. Not. After my initial burst of creative energy I did my homework. I looked into the actual publishing of […]