Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Book recommendations


Recently Binghamton's Chapters Book Club, sponsored by the Press & Sun-Bulletin, asked writers who have been featured in the newspaper's book club--a six-week event involving articles, visits with readers, and a reading at Barnes & Noble of Binghamton--to write something about their reading during the preceeding year. You can see my comments, plus recommendations by Robert Morgan, Frederick Busch, and more at http://www.pressconnects.com/bookclub/summer/story2.shtml.

2 comments:

  1. If you are looking for another book to read, I have one that I recommend highly.

    The book is titled "The Fall of Lucifer", written by Wendy Alec.

    The book opens with the three Angelic brothers, Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel, in heaven before the fall. Over the course of the book, the essence of the angels is developed. The controversy arises when God created man to be higher than the angels, in that we are created in the image of God. Lucifer was embittered to the point of rebellion.

    Various historical events are incorporated, and the plot offers the perspective of an angel into the events. The novel develops the beauty of heaven and the grotesque quality of hell, the depths of evil, and the beauty of grace. It communicates these themes through beautiful imagery and an intriguing plot. The beautiful imagery would make for amazing scenery!

    This is a fast read, 300-page novel that is consuming to the imagination and penetrating to the heart. I hope they make this book into a movie. It would be amazing. If you have time, I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Never heard of either her or the paperback publisher but looked her up--as she claims to be broadcasting into 212 countries and have 200 million viewers at this point, she probably doesn't need my help! She appears to be one of the new breed of writer who publishes after developing a "platform" of fame somewhere other than in the realm of books. I find such developments curious, so thanks for noting this one.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.