Review: The Write Crowd

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The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life by Lori A. May

Published December 18th 2014 by Bloomsbury Academic

RATING: 5 STARS

The Write Crowd is a useful resource for those looking for a place in the writing community, whether at the local or national level. May suggests many tips on how to contribute and connect to the writing community locally, as well as building an online presence. The appendix is especially helpful as it offers a list of literary organizations. I highly recommend this book for writers as a resource to connect to their work to their community.

 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Book Review: Gonzo Girl

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GONZO GIRL By Cheryl Della Pietra

Rating: 3 Stars 

Inspired by her time as Hunter S. Thompson’s assistant, Gonzo Girl is a fast paced fictional story about Alley, a recent Ivy League graduate with no publishing connections, who jumps at the opportunity to work as the assistant to the famous Walker Reade. After applying for the job, she received a 3 A.M. call from Reade, who asked her to fly out to Colorado for a three-day trial period.

Her unpredictable trial period, includes a .44 magnum, purple-pyramid acid, massive cocaine use and violent outbursts.  Reade invites her to stay for several months at his compound. Month after month, Alley tries to coax another novel out of Walker Reade, but becomes emotionally exhausted and realizes the danger of staying alone in the Colorado Rockies, at the mercy of a drug-addicted writer who may never produce another novel.

Gonzo Girl is a fast paced, soft-hearted fictional portrait of the literary icon. I’d recommend it for anyone interested in Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalism or crazy lifestyles.

**The publisher provided me with an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. **

Book Review: Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton

The twenty-eight essays included in this book are inspired by the famous Joan Didion essay of the same name. Established and emerging writers share their love affair with New York, initially drawn by its manic energy and frenzied pace. As years pass, they also share the grief that blindsided them, when the city loses its magic and the pressures of New York’s frenetic life wear thin on even the most resilient. After achieving success in their writing careers, the cons of living in New York outweigh the pros. As they mature, they realize that a writer doesn’t need to live in NY to achieve success or prove themselves to anyone else.

The stories are varied, well written and thoughtful. The anecdotes are raw and will touch you emotionally. This book of essays is filled with brutally honest, compelling personal stories about the great, gleaming, seductive city of New York and the struggle of following your creative vision.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I rated this book four stars for three reasons:

– Joan Didion’s original essay wasn’t included.

– Most of the essays were tightly written, but some of the essays
were distracting to read because they rambled on.

– All of the essays were written by female writers. It’s curious that this isn’t
mentioned in a blurb.

RATING: 4 STARS

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.