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Summary:

Jackson,Mississippi, never saw it coming when one of their own interviews “the help” and compiles a tell-all book about what it is like to work for white families. The chapters alternate between three of the characters.

Opinion:

The book lived up to all the praise, etc. that has been said since its debut. Absolutely hilarious! Sad periodically. Time flew when I was reading this one on the treadmill. Couldn’t put it down! Definitely recommend.

© Cori Endicott January 2012

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Summary:

Eight years after a botched presidential assassination, an aide to the former president spots a man that allegedly died during the attack. The aide begins the hunt to figure out the mystery that could involve the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service.

Opinion:

While I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down, I was disappointed that the freemasons weren’t used very much in the plot. I fully expected something like National Treasure. I still recommend it.

© Cori Endicott January 2012

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[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

1. It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around. (101)

2. Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often bad books have more to teach than the good. (145)

3. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. (147)

4. “The book is the boss,” Alfred Bester. (159)

5. Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty and best kept under house arrest. (170)

6. It’s about the osprey, and it’s always about the story (176)

7. If a writer knows what he or she is doing, I’ll go along for the ride. If he or she doesn’t…well, I’m in my fifties now, and there are a lot of books out there. I don’t have time to waste with poorly written ones. (179)

8. When you write a book, your spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest. (201)

9. 2nd draft = 1st draft – 10%. (222)

10. You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons are all the ones you teach yourself. (236)

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Summary:

The master of horror pens a book on his craft, split into sections-life influences, toolbox building, the writing itself, and a life-changing-nearly-life-ending circumstance.

Opinion:

I’ve read a lot of books on writing, and I really enjoyed how Mr. King approaches life and writing. He doesn’t sugar-coat the writing life. He’s real about it. I even found some pearls of wisdom to post later.

© Cori Endicott Dec 2011

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