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Collected Book Reviews, Vol. 1 [Kindle Edition]

Georganna Hancock
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Book Description

COLLECTED BOOK REVIEWS: EIGHT EASY PIECES is a compilation of eight of Georganna Hancock's book reviews. Selections include:


Review of UNFORGIVABLE by Philippe Djian
Review of THE BOOK OF CHAMELEONS by Jose Eduardo Agualusa
Review of THE DANTE CLUB by Matthew Pearl


Review of THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US by David Shenk
Review of THE HINDUS by Wendy Doniger
Review of THE MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS TOO MUCH Allison Bartlett
Review of ARIEL RESTORED by Sylvia Plath

Total value of these reviews if purchased singly is almost $25 and include both American and foreign authors, fiction and nonfiction books ranging from imaginative novels to a scholarly treatise of critical literary importance.

This collection of updated reviews was specially prepared for this ebook service for those using the most recent Kindle navigation features. Also included are images of the original books' covers and links to relevant websites.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Two of the top three bestsellers in my Kindle bibliography are book reviews. This first collection includes the three top selling reviews and represents a quick method for readers to acquire an idea of my reading tastes and reviewing style.

Different versions of these book reviews appear in diverse locations on the Internet. The ones in this collection have been edited (again!) and updated, and they display the covers of the editions that I reviewed. In some instances I've provided links to the authors' websites that were active when this version was published.

I hope you enjoy this collection. If you have kind thoughts about this publication, please enter them as a review. If you have complaints, please find my email address (on my site and at LinkedIn) and send them to me. I don't guarantee I'll respond, but I will consider what you tell me.

About the Author

I began reviewing books when I was a staff writer for a Florida daily newspaper in the 1970s. In the 80s, I did the same for Sallie Bingham, Book Editor of The Lousville Courier-Journal. Sallie also sponsored my membership in the National Book Critics Circle, the professional group that presents annual awards to authors.

When I left the world of print journalism and took up residence in cyberspace, one of the first roosts I found was with the review and opinion site, BlogCritics (part of the Technorati group). Many, but not all, of my BC reviews also appear in syndication on newspapers' websites, in my blog, A Writer's Edge, and in a blog strictly for reviewing books for writers, @GLHancock Reviews.

In addition to running different versions of the BC reviews in my blogs, I also post reviews too short for BC and even shorter ones that I called "mentions" in my Twitter account, @GLHancock. Sometimes just the mention of a book sends its publicity agents into paroxysms of joy!

Product Details

  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publisher: A Writer's Edge; 2011 edition (August 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FYO4OO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book reviews! September 16, 2012
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The trick to writing a good book review is to give readers a helpful glimpse of the book's content. Not too much information; if you give everything away, no one will want to read the book!

Georganna Hancock gives her readers this glimpse, snippets that entice readers to want more.

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More About the Author

After more than four decades in publishing, Georganna devotes herself to helping other writers along the path to publishing success. She provides editorial services, evaluates manuscripts and advises beginners, occasionally publishing print and ebooks for clients. She blogged almost daily for eight years in "A Writer's Edge" and maintains a searchable archive at her website She is active on Twitter as @GLHancock. Watch for more writers' guides in the Kindle Store on Amazon.

A career in writing was inevitable for Georganna, who claims she was born with a pencil in her mouth, instead of a silver spoon or a silver tongue. This amazing event occurred in Dayton, Ohio, in 1943. Her family thought she would become an artist like her Uncle Jim, but she wanted to write. While obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northwestern University, she also majored in the school's renowned Radio, TV & Film department and took all the Creative Writing classes offered. It was to no avail. Poetry, stories, novels flowed from brain to pencil, and it was mostly drivel except for her first (1962) publication in a poetry anthology.

Fortunately, she discovered journalism and forged a career in nonfiction, winning awards for writing and photography from the National Federation of Press Women and other groups. First she wrote for small newspapers. Eventually THE MIAMI HERALD asked her to write for its northernmost bureaus. She also freelanced articles which appeared in BON APETIT, REDBOOK, FAMILY CIRCLE, HIGHLIGHTS MAGAZINE FOR CHILDREN, OFFSHORE and many more national and regional publications. She reviewed books for THE FORT PIERCE NEWS-TRIBUNE in the 70s and THE LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL in the 80s as a member of the National Book Critics Circle. All those print bylines read "Georganna Simmons."

She returned to graduate school, and in 1993 San Diego State University proclaimed her a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She remained in San Diego, California, retiring from a career as a data analyst and university instructor. She resumed her life's passion and is currently a freelance editor, writer and publishing consultant.


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