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On Martha’s Bookshelf: Bird by Bird & On Writing: Memoir of the Craft

Lately I’ve been writing a lot, and to keep me going I like to toggle between two instructional writing guides that are not only cogent advisors, but damned fine reading: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s On Writing: Memoir of the Craft. These people make me want to read, which is easy, but they also - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Birdby James McBrideI just finished The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride. Then I licked the inside of the cover and looked hopefully for extra pages that may have fallen out onto the floor. That’s how good it is. McBride tells the story of the quixotic abolitionist John Brown, whose activism played a - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: Cathedral of the Wild

Cathedral of the Wild: An African Journey Homeby Boyd VartyI’ve often said that I wish I could take every one of my readers and clients with me on our STAR retreats to Londolozi, South Africa.  Many people say they wish they could go with me, but they can’t afford it. Well, Boyd Varty’s new book CATHEDRAL - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The End of Your World

The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenmentby Adyashanti Right now I’m addictively obsessed with a book about giving up addictive obsessions—yes, again with the irony! The book is calledThe End Of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature Of Enlightenment. The author, a Buddhist teacher named Adyashanti, has - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: Hyperbole and a Half

Hyberbole and a Halfby Allie Brosh My favorite Christmas book, a gift from my awesome son-in-law, is Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh. I’m a long-time fan of her blog,and the book is even funnier. Anyone who can make me laugh out loud about her depression is a friend of mine, even if we never meet.And what I love most about the written - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Signature of All Things

After writing more nonfiction than anyone ever wanted me to, I’ve recently decided to write a novel.  So I was delighted to find that superstar memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert has done the same thing.  Only better. Much better. In case you think Gilbert is a one-trick pony, THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS will knock you down - Continue Reading


Ready to Heal:Breaking Free of Addictive RelationshipsBy Kelly McDaniels It’s hard to find a self-help book that doesn’t feel like the same old same old, but this simple, clear book turned on lots of light bulbs in my head.  Even if you don’t have addictive relationships, this will help you understand friends and family members - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The End of Big

“The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath” by Nicco Mele Nicco Mele, like every competent social scientist these days, describes the radical changes created by new technologies. For Mele, this is an area of least satisfaction. Instead of celebrating the joys of “radical connectivity,” the author paints a picture of - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: If You Knew Me You Would Care

This month I’d like to recommend a book that carries an almost indescribable amount of psychological and spiritual power. If You Knew Me You Would Care is a combination of stories and photographs that capture the experience of women who have survived wars and atrocities in some of the most devastated parts of our planet. I don’t - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: Proof of Heaven

You may have noticed the kerfuffle of attention around a new book called Proof of Heaven, by Dr. Eben Alexander. The author was an academic neurosurgeon who taught at Harvard Medical School for fifteen years and published scores of articles in medical journals. He had heard some of his patients describe “near-death experiences” and was quite sure - Continue Reading