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  • Book Subgenre: Journalism
  • Language: english
  • Format: paperback
  • Book Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines

Reviewer: Anne Lamott, (Poets & Writers)

"I knew it was funny, and because I'm trying to live a spiritual life there's a lot of material, I hope, that applies to life as well as to writing, and writing as a way of healing...healing the soul and discovering one's own true inner voice and incorporating that thing that Jesus supposedly said in the Gospel of Thomas, if we can believe the Gnostic gospel; that if you get what is inside of you out it can save you, and if you don't get it out it can kill you. I mean, I believe that and it really has determined my writing philosophy."

Reviewer: Patricia Hold

"An inspiring book about writing as a way of finding the truth...Touches on everything from life's ironies to her own personal show beginning writers how to use the emotional tug of memory and its many details to rev up old creative engines...Throughout the book, Lomott is eloquent on the joy of writing for its own sake."

"Lamott's irony is wise and hardly ever cynical. She sees things in their twisted nakedness and embraces them. That she is able to be funny and wise about what is difficult or painful is surely powerful evidence of the same grace she finds in the people she loves; it is the good fortune of readers that she is so willing to share."

"A gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write...sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind--a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we still can."