Tuesday Teasers 10/29/13

f4f66-teasertuesdayTuesday Teasers!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” page 19.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott.
Think you’ve got a book inside of you? Anne Lamott isn’t afraid to help you let it out. She’ll help you find your passion and your voice, beginning from the first really crummy draft to the peculiar letdown of publication. Readers will be reminded of the energizing books of writer Natalie Goldberg and will be seduced by Lamott’s witty take on the reality of a writer’s life, which has little to do with literary parties and a lot to do with jealousy, writer’s block and going for broke with each paragraph. Marvelously wise and best of all, great reading.

I love this book. If you are a writer or want to be a writer, this is helpful.
The book is also inspirational.


Filed under Books, Non Fiction, Recommended, Teaser Tuesday

50 responses to “Tuesday Teasers 10/29/13

  1. I’ve never read this book but you make it sound so compelling! Thanks for a possible addition to my TBR pile. 🙂

  2. I’ve been wanting to read something by Anne Lamott for a while now. I don’t want to write a book, so I guess this shouldn’t be a good starting point, but your teaser made me realise she writes really well and I should hurry up and get one of her books soon.

    Thank you for sharing and for stopping by!

  3. Hi Andrea,

    Whilst not a non fiction reader myself, this probably wouldn’t be a book I was rushing to read. However, despite that, I can appreciate some sound advice and good writing, so thanks for sharing those words.

    We are in more or less the same situation as youself, so I can appreciate the emotional turmoil you must be going through right now and I can only hope that this book, amongst other things, can help you get things into some order and perspective, as you move forward with your life.

    Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books earlier. I love ‘meeting’ new people and will always appreciate any visits you make and comments you leave.


    • Yvonne, first I want to thank you for coming by my blog. And I appreciate your honesty about non-fiction. I am so sorry you and your family are going through difficult times. I know many days I feel very lost. Yes the book is a help but my primary motivation is my dogs. Not only do I love them but they are my responsibility, they depend on me. They keep me going. Thank you for your kind words. I will be by your blog often. Best, Andrea

  4. Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Yeah…. I don’t think I have a book in me, but I am hoping that this one helps you get all the stories that you have into print!!

    Thanx for visiting my TT
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  5. That’s a great inspiration… It really got me thinking. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Sounds like a good book! Thanks for sharing!

    Katie @ The Quiet Girl Talks

  7. c

    I’m not a big non-fiction reader, but it sounds like a very interesting book. I’m glad you find comfort in this book. Thanks for sharing!
    Cyn @ Bookmunchies

  8. I love that advice – it’s the same as when I tell my kids to “break it into chunks … one chunk at a time”. (Also the same way I eat chocolate).

    Thanks for sharing the reason you’re reading the book too. I’m going to remember “bird by bird” now.

  9. Andrea @ The Bookish Babe

    Nice teaser! I’m glad you’re finding inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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