The Week in Books 2009, No. 44

The Fire in Fiction is a helpful book on writing by a literary agent, so it’s full of what-not-to-do tips from someone who has seen a lot of bad writing. I made a lot of notes. I found his section on building tension particularly good.

I did find it rather odd that there were so very many typos in this book. Then again, the author is an agent, not an editor, so I’ll let it slide.

If you’re interested in writing, you might like this book. You might also be interested in this article from the Wall Street Journal wherein authors describe their writing processes.

I don’t consider myself a “Messie” per se, but I do verge on it, and I think a lot of my usual coping mechanisms for mess and organization have broken down over the past year as our family size and obligations have changed. I learned some good things from The Messies Manual and I’d recommend it to you if you feel like you need to get some aspects of your homemaking under control so you don’t have to spend all day on it.

Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition contains a lot of good information on how diet and nutrition play a role in women’s health, and I’d recommend it to you for that reason. There are also sections on how to boost fertility through better nutrition, if you’re in a position of needing that sort of help. The book is written by a Catholic author, so that perspective does come through at times, but I think the book would be helpful to a wider audience.

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