Writing and Publishing – Fact and Fiction

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A Second Bite at the Apple / Dana Bate

Sidney Strauss is writing for the local food market’s weekly newsletter when she gets the opportunity at a story that could make her career as a food journalist or permanently end it.

My Paris Dream: an education in style, slang, and seduction in the great city on the Seine / Kate Betts

As a young woman Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own and discovering who she was meant to be in Paris. Upon graduation from Princeton and not without trepidation, she took off, renting a room in the apartment of a young ‘BCBG’ family and throwing herself into Parisian culture, determined to master French slang, style, and savoir-faire, and find a job that would give her a reason to stay. After a series of dues-paying jobs, she began a magnificent apprenticeship at Women’s Wear Daily and was initiated into the high fashion world at a moment that saw the last glory of the old guard and the explosion of a new generation of talent.

Romance is My Day Job: a memoir of finding love at last / Patience Bloom

A romance editor describes her fantasies about love, her dream job in the romance business in spite of her lackluster dating life, and the reconnection with an old friend that helped her find the relationship she had been seeking.

The Race for Paris: a novel / Meg Waite Clayton

Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have endured enormous danger and frustrating obstacles—including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can do. Even so, Liv wants more. Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she is determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies, and capture its freedom from the Nazis. However, her Commanding Officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countryside, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.

 

Muse / Jonathan Galassi

The story of an editor caught up in a publishing scandal around the manuscript of a renowned and beautiful female poet.
Big Magic: creative living beyond fear / Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert reveals the inner workings of her own creativity as she shows readers how to use their curiosity to fuel their creativity and adopt the constructive creative tools capable of helping them write a book, address work challenges, achieve a forgotten dream, or complete a work of art.

Publishing: a writer’s memoir / Gail Godwin 

Publishing is a personal story of a writer’s hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul–for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it. A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958, Godwin met with Knopf scouts who came to campus every spring in search of new talent. Though her five pages of Windy Peaks were turned down and the novel never completed, she would go on to publish two story collections and fourteen novels, three of which were National Book Award finalists, five of which were New York Times bestsellers. Publishing reflects on the influence of her mother’s writing hopes and accomplishments, and recalls Godwin’s experiences with teachers Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Coover at the Iowa WritersWorkshop; with John Hawkins, her literary agent for five decades; with John Irving and other luminaries; and with her editors and publishers. Recollecting her long and storied career, Godwin maps the publishing industry over the last fifty years, a time of great upheaval and ingenuity. Her eloquent memoir is illuminated by Frances Halsband’s evocative black-and-white line drawings throughout. There have been memoirs about writing and memoirs about being an editor, but there is no other book quite like Publishing for aspiring writers and book lovers everywhere.

The Way of All Fish: a novel / Martha Grimes

Cindy Sella struggles with writer’s block and a lawsuit by her unscrupulous former agent, L. Bass Hess, who is targeted by bumbling hitmen Candy and Karl’s zany efforts to drive him out of New York City.

The Last Magazine: a novel / Michael Hastings

A posthumous debut novel, wry, wise, and outrageous, from award-winning journalist Michael Hastings, based on his experiences working for a National news magazine in the mid-2000s.

Paris in Love: a memoir / Eloisa James

James chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world–Paris–all the while inviting her reader into the life of her most enchanting family.

Paris: a love story: a memoir / Kati Marton

In this remarkably honest memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss.


The Accidental Life: an editor’s notes on writing and writers / Terry McDonell

The editor, journalist, and publishing entrepreneur traces his storied career, sharing insights into his tenures with “Rolling Stone” and “Sports Illustrated,” as well as his literary encounters with such personalities as Hunter S. Thompson, Jimmy Buffett, and Steve Jobs.

The Story: a reporter’s journey / Judith Miller

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author of Germs describes her youth and career, sharing insight into the controversial reporting style that has rendered her the longest jailed correspondent for protecting her sources.

The Travelers: a novel / Chris Pavone

When a woman with whom he has shared a harmless flirtation shows up at his hotel door with a gun, travel writer and food expert Will Rhodes discovers the real reason his job occasionally requires him to assume different names and deliver mysterious parcels.

These Girls: a novel / Sarah Pekkanen

Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance. Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazine. It’s a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated. Her roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee’s weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills—despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she’s heading for real danger. Then there’s Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby—or why she left everything she once loved behind.

Daemon Voices: on stories and storytelling / by Philip Pullman

The author of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy shares insights into the art of writing while exploring how education, religion, and science, as well as his favorite classics, helped shaped his literary life.

The Imperfectionists: a novel / Tom Rachman

An “imperfect” crew of reporters and editors working for an international English language newspaper stumble toward an uncertain future as the era of print news gives way to the Internet age. The story is set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome.

Three-Martini Lunch / Suzanne Rindell

In 1958, Greenwich Village buzzes with beatniks, jazz clubs, and new ideas–the ideal spot for three ambitious young people to meet. Cliff Nelson, the son of a successful book editor, is convinced he’s the next Kerouac, if only his father would notice. Eden Katz dreams of being an editor but is shocked when she encounters roadblocks to that ambition. And Miles Tillman, a talented black writer from Harlem, seeks to learn the truth about his father’s past, finding love in the process. Though different from one another, all three share a common goal: to succeed in the competitive and uncompromising world of book publishing. As they reach for what they want, they come to understand what they must sacrifice, conceal, and betray to achieve their goals.

 

Manderley Forever: a biography of Daphne du Maurier / Tatiana de Rosnay

As a thirteen-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca, becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Maurier’s fiction. Now de Rosnay pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply, following Du Maurier from a shy seven-year-old, a rebellious sixteen-year-old, a twenty-something newlywed, and finally a cantankerous old woman. 

The Knockoff: a novel / Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

The story of Imogen Tate, editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twenty-something former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine to an app. When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine.

Where the Past Begins: a writer’s memoir / Amy Tan

From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

The Hating Game / Sally Thorne

For Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of newly merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, it’s hate-at-first-sight. So begins a series of daily passive-aggressive maneuvers, including the staring game, the mirror game, and the HR game, each played with the intensity of the Hunger Games. Their mutual antipathy grows when a new executive position opens at Bexley-Gamin, and both their bosses put their names up for the promotion. Then, the high-stakes games begin! After another 60-hour work week, Lucy logs off her computer and hops on the elevator to head home, as does Joshua. When Joshua hits the emergency button and stops the ride, Lucy is certain her nemesis is going to kill her. Instead, he plants a kiss on her, and Lucy begins to wonder if she really does hate Joshua after all, or if this is yet another game.

If Looks Could Kill / Kate White

Meet Bailey Weggins, the thirty-something, single-again true crime writer for a leading Manhattan woman’s magazine. Smart and savvy, she’s got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing the truth in a story-especially if it’s murder. Bailey’s in bed with her commitment-challenged lover K.C. when she gets a frantic call from her high-maintenance boss at Gloss magazine. Grabbing coffee and a cab outside her Greenwich Village apartment-the consolation prize in her divorce settlement-Bailey reluctantly heads uptown. At Cat Jones’s Upper East Side town house, she finds something that seriously clashes with the chic décor: the dead body of the family’s line-in nanny.

Sailor and Fiddler: reflections of a 100-year-old author / Herman Wouk

The literary master reflects on his life and times from the unique vantage point of one hundred years of age, covering such topics as his work on Fred Allen’s radio shows, his World War II military service, and the inspirations behind his written works.

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