Monday, December 28, 2009

ReBooWee: 1/2 Way Through

Wow, we are halfway through the ReBooWee challenge and it is all finally starting to click. I'm already looking forward to my next book. (If you have just heard about ReBooWee, there are still 5 weeks left in the challenge and still time for you to jump on the reading bandwagon).

This past week I read Nora Ephron's book Wallflower at the Orgy. I bought this because I loved the title, I love Ephron's movies and I wanted to read one of her books.

I did not realize that she started her writing career as a journalist. This book is a collection of her magazine articles from the late 60's and early 70's.

I enjoyed 4 out of the 13 articles. This had nothing to do with the writing so much as it had to do with the topics/subjects. Most of these articles were written about popular culture and literature during that time. And since I was born in '68, I couldn't relate to a lot of it because I didn't know the person or had never read the book being written about.

The article about Helen Gurley Brown who was the editor-in-chief for Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years, turned out to be my favorite. This profile was not only well-written, but fascinating as well. For someone like myself who writes for magazines, this piece is a good example of what components make up a good profile.

In the preface of the book, Ephron includes some great tips for journalists, including this one, that caused me to stop and think:
"The standard magazine profile these days seems to be written after the reporter spends a lot of time with the person the profile's about and only with that person. I can't imagine that. I can't imagine even going to see the person the profile's about until I've seen twenty or thirty people who knew him."

What did you read this week for ReBooWee?
What did you learn from this book that you can apply to your own writing?


Mason Canyon said...

This past week I was finally able to finish "To Tempt the Wolf" by Terry Spear. It wasn't the author's fault that it took so long to read, it was mine just not having enough time.

I also got to read (and finish) "Hex in High Heels" by Linda Wisdom.

Both books are not my usual murder mystery style, but I enjoyed both very much. Even though both books had werewolves in them, the styles are completely different. One made you want to believe in werewolves, while the other was just fantasy that was fun.

I guess from this I take that the same subject/topic (here werewolves) can have completely different meaning depending on the authors and how they present the subject/topic.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I read two books by Colorado authors this week and started a third. The first was "Living With Your Kids is Murder" by Mike Befeler, the second book in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit series. This mystery is a good example of how humor can work in crime fiction. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments.

The second book was Amy Kathleen Ryan's YA novel, "Vibes." This book is definitely for the older teen, but I loved the story line and the characters. It's a great lesson in how to make quirky characters believable and compelling.

Now I'm reading about vampires. (Shudder) More about that next week.

Carol Kilgore said...

I finally finished the book I started before Thanksgiving. And I'm ready to crack open a new one tonight.

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