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Jen Miller’s book hits the shelves! The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May

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down the shore with jen

Jen A Miller’s book came out yesterday. The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May is available now, which means you can sneak a trip to the shore before the post-memorial day influx of beach goers and do so while reaping the benefits of Jen Miller’s research and infective enthusiasm for all things Jersey Shore.

I’m looking forward to adding this to my bookshelf. Though I’m from Jersey, my scope of knowledge is narrow, particularly on the shore area. As an escape destination, a place to relax and remove from routines, I always go where I know and don’t even see the places that aren’t pre-determined on my route.

In addition to the subject being so close to home, I’m compelled to get this book because Jen is such an engaging writer. I discovered her over a year ago through the Renegade Writer blog, and am enjoying following her career. Her voice is engaging & informative. Jen is also a runner and a prolific book reviewer.

You can win a copy of Jen’s book on her blog by posting a Jersey shore memory of your own in the comments by April 18th.

Congratulations, Jen!


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April 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Download Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children today

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Today is the last day to download Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children.

A very wise woman once said: If it’s for free, it’s me. And I have to agree.

Neil Gaiman is offering a free download of American Gods for the next month as well.

A PDF will never be more enjoyable than an actual book in your hands, but I’m liking this trend of free book downloads.

Most of the free downloads I’ve seen lately are only available temporarily. And because I like to read and I like free, this is the first time I’ve ever sought out books with a sense of urgency. Often, once a book is published, I know I will most likely be able to find that book whenever I get around to buying or checking it out of the library. Years can pass between a book hitting the shelves and me taking it home. But these downloads are a bone for the curious appetite.

Books are one of my favorite objects in the world, but what I like most about these temporary downloads is that they exist one day–available with a click–and they’re gone the next and what remains is the story you read–not the book or the soft pages you wrote notes one minute to forget about the next.

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February 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Looking for a Good Read?

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Thanks to book reviewer Jen A. Miller’s blog, I just discovered The National Book Critics Circle of book recommendations.

This list is not based on sales, as most lists that you’ll find in publications are. A composite of what people are actually reading and recommending to friends based entirely on quality; this list of  is worth considering and it won’t overwhelm your night table.

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February 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Book 2 of 52 – The Year Of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

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joan didion I finished Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking weeks ago. My reason for not writing about it sooner is a measure of how much I liked it.

Read this book slow or fast on the subway on a couch or late at night when you should be sleeping. So personal and close-up, Didion brings the reader into that melting frozen place we enter when losing a loved one–when the span of a life is no longer a chronology of time.

Didion’s writing is tight, and the structure of the book organic. I’ll read this book again and buy it for my friends.

Didion mentions how few books on grieving exist. When I first began, I believed I knew why there are so few books on this topic: death is hard to read about. The first few chapters, though well written and fascinating, were hard to get through-not the kind of bed time reading that sends you into fantastic dream worlds. But then the book takes off and you don’t want it to end.

Somehow, Didion makes a world inside a world. And it reminds me of one of my favorite lines describing a world began and destroyed inside of a poem.

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January 17, 2008 at 2:01 am

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