Litstack Recs| How to Write an Autobiographical Novel & A Song for a New Day

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays, by Alexander Chee “Writing is a way of going to the depth of Being,” wrote Marguerite Yourcenar, and the sixteen essays that make up Alexander Chee’s 2018 memoir are about the heart of being—and writing, about striving to succeed as a writer, reconciling the pain and trauma of [….]

Litstack Recs: Fairyland & Scribe

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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, by Alysia Abbott “The truth is,” Alysia Abbot writes in her debut memoir, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, “I did want to be my dad’s poem. I wanted to be his drawing, his novella, his most refined work of art. I wanted him to shape me with his [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘Messenger’ by Lois Lowry

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Messenger Lois Lowry Houghton Mifflin ISBN 0-618-40441-4 —♦— In Messenger, Lois Lowry’s third book in The Giver quartet, Matty is a young teen in a utopian community simply called Village. Jonas, the main character in The Giver and Village’s Leader, worries about the fate of their peaceful existence. The evil Trade Master has come on [….]

Featured Auhthor Review: ‘Gathering Blue’ by Lois Lowry

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  Gathering Blue Lois Lowry Ember/Random House, Inc. Copyright 2000 ISBN 978-0-440-22949-0 Written seven years after her iconic “children’s” book, The Giver, Lois Lowry returns to a future world in the companion piece, Gathering Blue, but this time, society has not advanced.  Instead, the future appears desolately dystopian, with rigid social mores and traditions even [….]