Hi friends. Two books with two fantastic titles I wish I had thought of for myself.
Two strong female authors with the kind of writing you want to rewrite on scraps of paper so you remember.
Happy to recommend them both.
As always, all book reviews are spoiler free.
Happy November reading.
If You’re Looking For: Fiction, dysfunctional family drama, new writers
If You Liked: Nearer Than The Sky
My Review: Great debut novels are always startling for a writer. You never wrote a book before and then you created this? I might as well lie back down on the couch (see next book for self-help on this topic). Of course it’s also very thrilling to find a new writer. At its core, Scott’s Motherlunge is a novel of desire. Desire for love, fulfillment, sex, children, and sometimes a completely different destiny. And even though the characters are faced with raw, difficult love, the writing is light and full of surprising wit. A story about motherhood, friendship, and mental illness. A very fresh read. Out of anything, I enjoyed its poetry. 4/4 stars.
Their Review: Told with dazzling prose, Motherlunge is a wry, luminous exploration of the legacy of motherhood here, about the afflictions that may cycle through generations. This is a thoroughly engaging novel, with wonderful turns of phrase in every sentence, and its witty humor announces a welcome new voice in American fiction, full of charm and tender wisdom. —Don Lee
Quoted: But come down. Come here. I can promise to give you this: an appetite for silence. Loneliness, and ways to find it when you need to. How to hold yourself safe, apart, tight to the lowest rung.
2. Big Magic.
If You’re Looking For: Memoir, self-help, creative inspiration
My Review: Hey girl, you might not like this book. If you are not an Elizabeth Gilbert fan (I wasn’t either), her tone and writing might be the final push over the edge. Cynics beware! Tread lightly. I happen to be a convert, and happily read through this self-help book for writers with fragile nerves at a fast pace. Yes, I’ve read Bird by Bird. Yes, I agree it is the true writer’s bible. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some big magic. Gilbert packs her book full of one line wisdoms and tiny truth bombs on everything from the practical financial aspects of a writing career to the universal connectedness to ideas and inspiration. Specifically, she breaks down the creative process in such a non-threatening way that I could kiss her. Elizabeth’s approach to being a writer is conversational, practical, and unashamed–three adjectives I would also use to describe this book. Admittedly not groundbreaking but very inspirational. A helpful book for any writer or creator’s back pocket. The perfect boost. I will read and reread it over and over again. 4/4 stars.
Their Review: “Elizabeth Gilbert is an exceptionally gifted author…and this book is remarkable…. It is so densely packed with pearls of wisdom that I read it once for pleasure, and then again to unpack and outline the text just like I used to do in college…A must-read for anyone on the creative spectrum, from those who don’t think there is a creative bone in their body to those who make a living from their artistic expression.” –Yakima Herald
Quoted: The guardians of high culture will try to convince you that the arts belong only to a chosen few, but they are wrong and they are also annoying.