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There is good content here for the patient reader...
on September 21, 2009
Offers fairly brief, edited transcripts of interviews with fifteen writers who either won or were finalists for the National Book Award. Focusing on explorations of "insights in the many ways in which the experience of reading shapes the act of writing," the editor, freelance writer Diane Osen, offers readers a collection of wide-ranging discussions from some of the best writers of our present generation.
Writers interviewed include: James Carroll; Don DeLillo; E.L. Doctorow; Charles Johnson; Diane Johnson; Philip Levine; David Levering Lewis; Barry Lopez; David McCullough; Alice McDermott; Cynthia Ozick; Grace Paley; Linda Pastan; Katherine Paterson; and, Robert Stone.
Because of the type of book it is -- with each writer bringing his/her own style, pace and content -- readers may want to read this book slowly, one writer's interview per day. Otherwise, it it may appear a bit disjointed and uneven. Still, there are real nuggets of wisdom and insight for the patient reader.
Recommended for college and university libraries and large urban public libraries.
R. Neil Scott
Middle Tennessee State University