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Book Review: In Another Light

 5 out of 5 stars: Loved this novel! Susan Specht Oram’s review of In Another Light Buckle up and stay hydrated because if you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop reading this until you reach the last page. It checked off all the boxes... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4050280119

Life in the Pacific Northwest

An update on local wildlife and book reviews Hello from the Pacific NW A monthly newsletter https://mailchi.mp/99fe0a47e1b0/hello-from-the-pacific-nw-books-to-read-7233625

Book Review: The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s

 A fascinating book based on extensive research Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s An insightful look at the lives of a small group of women writers and artists in the early 1960’s at the newly formed Radcliffe Institute for Independent... https://www.goodreads.com...

Book Review: Stein on Writing

Wish I'd read this writing resource years ago! Susan Specht Oram’s review of Stein on Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies Sage advice and fabulous exercises for fiction and nonfiction writers. A valuable resource. Stein on Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the M...

Book Review: The Very Nice Box

A fun, light read about a meticulous female engineer (with elements of romance, mystery and more) Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Very Nice Box Ava is a meticulous engineer who designs useful storage boxes for a hip furniture company that’s undergoing sweeping corporate change. Her passion projec... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Book Review: Writing Screenplays That Sell

5 out of 5 stars! A wonderful resource for writers  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Writing Screenplays That Sell: The Complete, Step-By-Step Guide for Writing and Selling to the Movies and TV, from Story Concept to Development Deal I learned so much about how to structure a story from reading this book. A wonderful resource, and I wish I’d read...

Book Review: The Trespasser

5 out of 5 stars! Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Trespasser A Detective in Dublin must solve a murder and find a way to survive in a squad room where other detectives are working behind her back to get her kicked ... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4012828757

Book Review: Mayflies

A coming of age story...  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Mayflies In the summer of 1986, a group of young men leave a small Scottish town to attend a punk rock festival in Manchester. James and Tully become fast friends... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4003354674

Book Review: Squeeze Me

A mysterious death occurs in Palm Beach, Florida... Susan Specht Oram’s review of Squeeze Me When a 72-year-old wealthy socialite vanishes during a charity gala in Palm Beach, Florida, foul play is suspected. Hiaasen’s delightful story wraps arou... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3988485310

Newsletter: Gardening with squirrels & book reviews

A monthly newsletter with book reviews & comments about life in the Pacific Northwest  Hello from the Pacific NW After a wet, windy winter... https://mailchi.mp/b441aac23c9a/hello-from-the-pacific-nw-books-to-read-7225145

Book Review: 5 T'ang Poets

Lyrical poetry (5 out of 5 stars)  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Five T'ang Poets These lyrical poems from the Tang Dynasty in China still resonate today. My favorites are the landscape poems by Wang Wei, a painter-poet. Five T'ang Poe... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3988404283

Book Review: The Maid

A fun mystery (publication date: January 4, 2022)  Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Maid In this murder mystery, Molly, a socially awkward maid in a ritzy hotel, must prove she’s innocent and catch the culprit. It took about fifty pages for t... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3984537763

Book Review: The Garden of Evening Mists

Gorgeous phrasing... 5 out of 5 stars Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Garden of Evening Mists In this beautifully written book set on a tea estate in the Cameron Highlands in Malaya, Judge Teoh looks back on her apprenticeship to the Emperor’s gar... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3965688254

Book Review: Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy

A fascinating book...  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy In 1964, only four months after JFK’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy was interviewed by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. The recordings were locked away for... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3963966583

John Wayne's yacht runs aground in the San Juan Islands

So sad to hear... a vintage 1932 yacht ran aground near Stuart Island Iconic John Wayne yacht runs aground in San Juans - La Conner Weekly News - La Conner, WA A weekend excursion to the San Juan Islands might be a wrap for the first yacht owned by legendary film actor John Wayne.  The 76-foot Norwester, which for https://laconnerweeklynews.co...

Book Review: Fossil Men

An informative nonfiction book Susan Specht Oram’s review of Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind In 1994, a team led by a fossil-hunting legend, Tim White, uncovered the bones of the oldest skeleton of a human ancestor in Ethiopia. The book provides ... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3944705378

Book Review: The Girl Who Died

An Icelandic thriller...  Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Girl Who Died In this Icelandic thriller, a young woman, Una, takes a teaching job in a remote fishing village during the long, dark winter. When a tragic event occurs... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3954748747

Newsletter: See what's new in a windy part of the Pacific NW

 Monthly newsletter with book reviews Hello from the Pacific NW Reviews of three wonderful books and comments from a writer... https://mailchi.mp/497e2070a2df/hello-from-the-pacific-nw-books-to-read-7213873

Babies switched at birth by mistake find out years later

Excellent article about two babies who were switched at birth in Newfoundland... reading it gave me the goosebumps  The Lives of Others — The Atavist Magazine Enter some description here... https://magazine.atavist.com/the-lives-of-others-newfoundland-come-by-chance-cottage-hospitals-nurse-tiger-babies

Did you know "A Wrinkle in Time" almost wasn't published?

That would have been a loss for readers...  Madeleine L’Engle: "A Wrinkle in Time Was Almost Never Published" Madeleine L'Engle on the agonizing years when A Wrinkle in Time was rejected by more than 40 publishers, and her fear that it would never be published. https://www.literaryladiesguide.com/writing-advice-from-classic-authors/madeleine-l...

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