Sunday Sentence: Jason Brown’s Why The Devil Chose New England for His Work

Elizabeth MarroSunday Sentence17 Comments

I love reading them, so now I’m joining the #SundaySentence party started by David Abrams over at the Quivering Pen and on Twitter. It’s not a review. It’s not a story. It’s just one sentence I read this week, presented “out of context and without commentary.” This week’s Sunday Sentences (could not pick just one) are from Jason Brown’s collection, Why The Devil Chose … Read More

Sunday Sentence: God Bless America by Steve Almond

Elizabeth MarroReading & Writing, Sunday Sentence9 Comments

I love reading them, so now I’m joining the #SundaySentence party started by David Abrams over at the Quivering Pen and on Twitter. It’s not a review. It’s not a story. It’s just one sentence I read this week, presented “out of context and without commentary.” This week’s Sunday Sentence: “It was true, like most things his father said, which made … Read More

Writers Walking: Andra Watkins and The Natchez Trace

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Fellow Travelers, Travel & Travelers, Writers Walking13 Comments

There was a long and winding road. There were semis blasting by. There was an echo of long lost voices of those who had traveled before. There was diarrhea. Explosive diarrhea. Followed by a rinse with the only liquid available: Gatorade, and thirteen more miles of walking before the day was done. Not once, though, was Andra Watkins afraid as … Read More

Wild Women Walking

Elizabeth MarroGrowing Pains, Reading & Writing, Women24 Comments

When I set out to write this essay, I thought I was going to write a droll list of reasons why I could never have written a book like WILD. The list would have included a story about me, a boyfriend from the city, the field behind my parents’ house which shone brightly under the full harvest moon that Labor … Read More

Gifts For and From the Dead

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Death, Reading & Writing17 Comments

You may see the usual Halloween suspects on Halloween night – zombies, witches, the cast of characters from Game of Thrones. I’m betting you won’t see anyone dressed up as Eric Hill. Or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Never mind Peter Matthieson, Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel Keyes or Joan Rivers. Well, maybe Joan Rivers. No matter, I saw them all today … Read More

Real Food For Thought

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Books, Eat, Drink, Love13 Comments

Max Watman’s new book brought me back to fifth grade when my friend Debbie gave me half her chicken sandwich and I found a vein in it. “What’s this?” I asked her when I saw the tiny purple tube protruding from the chicken meat nestled between two pieces of her mother’s homemade bread. She shook her head even though she … Read More

Journey to Now, Again

Elizabeth MarroBooks, Growing Pains, Reading & Writing17 Comments

I read MAGICAL JOURNEY last summer and shared my thoughts and a free copy about it here. The paperback version has just been released and Katrina Kenison  is offering several opportunities to win a copy of this book and others free. On January 29, we drew the  name of Misha Gericke of South Africa as the winner of Magical Journey from the readers … Read More

Confessions of a Bathroom Reader

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Reading & Writing18 Comments

Confession #1. This is for my mother who will not be shocked when she hears that yes, all those times I disappeared into the bathroom when it was my turn to wash the dinner dishes, I was reading.  Long after I had any legitimate reason to be in the downstairs bathroom, I was poring through the pages of Gone With … Read More

Journeys and Thanks

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Books, Reading & Writing3 Comments

Dear Fellow Travelers, With my last post “A Journey to Now,” I wrapped up a month-long celebration of journeys and books. Each post  focused on a particular journey and the book that either took me or came along for the ride. Because this month also encompassed my birthday, always a milestone in life’s journey, I celebrated by sharing the books … Read More

Strangers in a Strange Land

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Books, Family, Fellow Travelers, Novels, Reading & Writing, Strangers, Travel & Travelers21 Comments

Michael Valentine Smith may have prevented a murder back in the summer of 1974 when my brother and I were stranded in Port Angeles, Washington for nearly ten days. In a Pinto station wagon. In the rain. It was day five or six. I remember the relentless drumming of water against the car roof. I remember waiting to take my … Read More