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Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg - Book Review

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By Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611803082
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Published: Shambhala - February 2nd, 2016

I reference this book every time I feel stuck. Goldberg speaks from experience and provides wonderful guidance, wisdom, and inspiration on every page. A great addition to every writer's (or creative's) library. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One's Books (Penguin Great Ideas) by Georges Perec - Book Review

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By Georges Perec, John Sturrock (Translated by)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780241475218
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Published: Penguin Books - June 8th, 2021

A brief, stimulating collection from the French Oulipo writer fond of puzzles, classifications, categories, and intellectual games. A perfect gift book for the franco- or bibliophile in your life, a glittery and arcane slice of postwar French culture. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items by J. W. Ocker - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781683692362
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Published: Quirk Books - September 15th, 2020

Anything can be cursed -- dolls, tombs, treasure, chairs, body parts (I'm serious!) -- and this book has 'em all. Written with a surprising amount of wit and humor, this collection details the legends and lore behind each ill-fated object and reads like a series of deliciously spooky ghost stories! ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin by Megan Rosenbloom - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374134709
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 20th, 2020

Dark Archives, a macabre investigation into books actually bound in human skin, becomes a powerful testimony to medical ethics, consent, and the indubitable progress of medicine since the time when doctors associated with graverobbers and didn't think twice about saving enough skin from some poor corpse to bind a favorite book or two. A fascinating, if grisly, read that humanizes the mostly anonymous victims. The vast majority of "anthropodermic bibliopegy" books originate from 19th century surgeons, and Rosenbloom stops along the way dispelling rumors and misunderstandings and exploring the contrasting ethical perspectives of librarians, scholars, and institutions. Most importantly, these books don't look anything like the Necronomicon. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice by Colum McCann - Book Review

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780399590801
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Published: Random House - April 4th, 2017

Many writers have attempted to teach writing, but they often render the craft elusive and arcane with too much focus on the technical aspects. McCann's down-to-earth approach to writing is as inspiring as it is informative, and his poetic prose makes his lessons a joy to tear through. Letters to a Young Writer is closer to an anthem than a handbook, and it will leave you aching to create. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780385480017
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Published: Anchor - September 1st, 1995

As much a writer's comforting companion as a reference book, Lamott's classic text will encourage even the most hesitant of would-be writers to pick up a pen. ~ Reviewed by Laurel Rhame


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