Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Book Review - A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life by Nancy Peacock

A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life

Nancy Peacock


In A Broom of One's Own, Nancy Peacock, whose first novel was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year, explores with warmth, wit, and candor what it means to be a writer. An encouragement to all hard-working artists, no matter how they make a living, Peacock's book provides valuable insights and advice on motivation, craft, and criticism while offering hilarious anecdotes about the houses she cleans.

A friend of mine handed me a copy of A Broom of One's Own, smiling broadly, and was adamant that I read it. "You'll love it!" she said.

Well, she was right, I did love it. Nancy Peacock shares insights as to the life of a writer. It's not all glitter, gold and instant fame. Mostly it's compulsion, and fear and minor success. As the old saying goes, "Don't quit your day job."

If you're a writer, I highly recommend reading A Broom of One's Own. You'll see yourself in the pages.

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