Mayra Calvani's Blog Posts Tagged 'novel' (9)

Book Review: Crazy Quilt by Paula Paul

The last time I’d cried because of a book was years ago and the culprit was Marley and MeCrazy Quilt is such a different book yet so alike in many ways. Both deal with death and loss, both are incredibly moving stories, and both remind us how short and precious life is. 

The story begins when our protagonist, Flora Adams, decides to visit…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 4, 2013 at 8:18am — No Comments

Book Review: The Long Road Home: The Death and Birth of America by Nick West

The Long Road Home: The Death and Birth of America is Nick West’s second novel and the sequel to his first book, The Great Southern Circus.

In this story, we follow the lives of the same characters from book 1 as they traverse the difficult and painful years of the American Civil War. Four people,  four lives: two men–one white, one black–join the…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on January 3, 2013 at 6:55am — No Comments

Interview with Nick West, Author of The Long Road Home

A native of Gainesville, Florida, author Nick West attended the University of Florida where he became interested in writing. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, and together with his family, have owned and operated a landscape business in the area for over twenty years. He and his wife Kay and their children, Tammy, John and Christy, along with their families all live on the farm where…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on January 2, 2013 at 8:05am — No Comments

A Conversation with Children's Author Beverly Stowe McClure

When Beverly was a child she hated to read. Even though her eighth-grade teacher sent her poem “Stars” to a high school anthology and it was published in Young America Sings she hated to write. In spite of her rocky relationship with books, she managed to graduate from high school then attended Midwestern State…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 24, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

A Conversation with Disney Animation Artist Dominick Domingo, Author of the YA Fantasy, The Nameless Prince

Dominick Domingo is a veteran Animation Artist (Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback, Tarzan, Fantasia) who’s illustrated YA books for Penguin, Random House, Lowell House, Disney Publishing, Hyperion Books, and Harcourt. Developing original screenplays as a filmmaker led to a growing writing resume. To capitalize on it, Dominick recently penned a collection of Narrative…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on August 20, 2012 at 3:44am — No Comments

Honest, Heartfelt Account of a Black American Family

Getting Out of Dodge City, Heading for L.A. on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe is a short novel that reads like a memoir and that will appeal to those interested in black American history and the dynamics of poor black American families from the early 1800s to the 1960s.

The story begins in 1821 with our narrator talking about the origins of the Atchinson,…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on April 25, 2012 at 6:14am — No Comments

Book Review: How to Tell A Great Story, by Aneeta Sundararaj

For several years, Aneeta Sundararaj has been helping writers through her website with countless articles, reviews and interviews. Now, she has compiled all her experience and expertise in her new book for beginner writers, How to Tell a Great Story.

After a brief introduction, Sundararaj takes beginners through all the steps necessary to become a great storyteller, from vital preparation, to…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 14, 2011 at 6:26am — No Comments

Book Review: The Space Between, by Alexandra Sokoloff

Sixteen-year old Anna Sullivan is an outsider at her high school. Quiet and shy, as well as cursed with a tortuous family past, she can’t hope to attract the attention of popular Tyler Marsh, for whom she has a crush. How could a girl like her, a girl with a low social status, an alcoholic father and a mother who abandoned her, dare hope…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 24, 2011 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Book Review: If I Bring You Roses, by Marisel Vera

Award-winning, first-time novelist Marisel Vera pens an honest, heart-felt, often sad tale of an idealistic, naïve Puerto Rican girl named Felicidad who goes to America to be with the man she loves.

The story, told from an author omniscient point of view, begins in the early 1940’s in the Puerto Rican countryside and ends about ten years later in Chicago. It follows Felicidad’s…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 22, 2011 at 9:56am — No Comments

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