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I just finished a fun novel called Following Disasters, by Nancy McCabe, about a girl named Maggie-Kate, who inherits her aunt’s old house at a transitional time in her own life. The house seems to be haunted with the spirit of her aunt, a woman whose one ambition in life was to have children and raise a family, an ambition that was, sadly, thwarted by her illness—lupus, an autoimmune disease.

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Karen Gettert Shoemaker's THE MEANING OF NAMES

Last week, I mentioned the writer Karen Gettert Shoemaker, who talks about “writing from the body” as a way of deeply imagining characters, places, and stories. I thought I’d offer you an excerpt today from Shoemaker’s latest novel, The Meaning of Names

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Scott Russell Sanders' DIVINE ANIMAL

The publishing world is undergoing a sea change these days, in much the same way the music world did not too long ago. More writers—even well-established ones—are choosing to self-publish their work, for a variety of reasons. 

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