Archive - September 15, 2015

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Review — Love & Ordinary Creatures by Gwyn Hyman Rubio (Costa Rica 1971-73)
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Novel Writing 101–Point of View # 2
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Roland Merullo (Micronesia 1979-80) Reissue of The Italian Summer

Review — Love & Ordinary Creatures by Gwyn Hyman Rubio (Costa Rica 1971-73)

Love & Ordinary Creatures Gwyn Hyman Rubio (Costa Rica 1971–73) Ashland Creek Press October 2014 306 pages $17.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Bob Arias (Colombia 1964–66) • “Caruso!” she calls out annoyed. A beautiful “love story” about two individuals that are strong in character, passionate, full of life, and sad at times . . .. Caruso is a parrot, a sulphur-crested cockatoo with a speck of humanness in his birdness heart. Clarissa McCarty is his owner, but Caruso sees her as a red-headed eclectus hen . . . “Claaa-risss-a,” he shouts to get her attention. They have each other as they are searching for affection from one another on this island off of North Carolina and far from his home of Australia. Caruso has developed a keen mind, and a vocabulary that can challenge any human . . . but he talks to himself and only briefly has words for us humans. Caruso loves the . . .

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Novel Writing 101–Point of View # 2

Novel Writing 101 This short series of blogs will be on writing your novel. All of you who were smart enough to major in business or international affairs or science while in college now have a chance to take an on-line creative writing course. If you are thinking of writing a novel, here’s a quick course (for no credits) on how you might go about writing your book. Point of View Welcome back to Novel Writing 101 I want to talk about the Point of View for your Novel. “Point of view” is a term that refers to the relationships between the storyteller-you–the story, and the reader. A story can be told basically from three different points of view – first person, second person or third person. Many writers are inclined to have a narrator tells his or her own story in the first person. Think of J. D. Salinger’s . . .

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Roland Merullo (Micronesia 1979-80) Reissue of The Italian Summer

AJAR Contemporaries a division of PFP Publications announces the reissue of Roland Merullo’s memoir/travelogue The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como. First published in 2009, The Italian Summer has been called “a colorful, affectionate tour of Italian landscape and food” by Kirkus Magazine and “simply a wonderful read” byBookReporter, it is a charming narrative of a glorious summer of golfing, eating, and learning how to slow down and enjoy life. The best-selling author of Breakfast with Buddha, Golfing with God, Revere Beach Boulevard and others, combines two of his greatest passions – travel and golf – in this humorous and poignant look at Mediterranean life. Feeling a little burnt out by the frantic pace of life in the United States, Merullo decided to rent an Italian villa near the shore of Lake Como in a small town called Mezzegra. He arrived in Italy with his wife and two young daughters determined to . . .

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