Musings From A Bookmammal

WWW Wednesday–8/13/14


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one on oneI’m probably the most un-athletic person you could ever meet, but I love reading about sports! I’ve read just about every sports book that John Feinstein has ever written, but I recently discovered that I’d missed reading One On One: Behind The Scenes With The Greats In The Game—his book about how he came to write some of his most popular behind-the-scenes nonfiction about basketball, golf, baseball, and tennis. If you’re not into sports there probably isn’t a whole lot in this book that would appeal to you–but if you’ve read any of Feinstein’s many previous books I think you’d enjoy this! I especially liked his accounts of his relationship with Indiana’s Bob Knight, as well as how he went about “pitching” his book ideas.  If you’re a Feinstein fan, be sure to pick up this book!

poking dead frogI always enjoy reading about the craft of writing–and Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers by Mike Sacks is a different take on this subject. Sacks interviewed 40+ writers on the craft of creating comedy–via writing for magazines, movies, TV, or radio. The result is a very interesting look at not only the creative side of comedy writing, but advice on the practical side as well. The common thread of nearly all the writers interviewed can be boiled down to “Don’t do it for the money” and “The only way to get successful is to write, write, write. . . and then keep on writing.” Even if you have absolutely no aspirations to write or perform comedy for a living (I sure don’t!) this is a great addition to any collection of books on the writing process.


three story houseI received an ARC of Three Story House by Courtney Miller Santo in advance of it’s 8/19/14 publication date. It’s the story of three female cousins  in their thirties who come together to renovate the family home. In the process they learn things about each other, their family, and themselves. The story is told in three parts–one section from the point of view of each of the main characters–which is a narrative technique that I enjoy when it’s done well. So far I’m still in the first section, so I can’t tell yet if the author will be able to effectively pull this off, but I have high hopes! I’m enjoying the story so far and am hoping to finish the book this weekend.


As usual, I have absolutely no idea! It’ll all depend on what I’m in the mood for next.

How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading these days? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

13 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday–8/13/14

  1. I’ve had the Feinstein book on my list forever and really need to get to it! I’ve read most of his books and absolutely love his sports writing! I’ve been reading a ton of fiction lately, so maybe it’s time for a change of pace and this might be just the book!

  2. Poking a Dead Frog sounds interesting and I love the title!! Here’s mine

  3. Those books look really interesting! Here’s my three WWW’s:

  4. The Santo book sounds interesting. I look forward to your review.

    Here’s mine for the week:

  5. The Story House does sound good. I really enjoy books where the narrative is separated like that too. I hope this author manages to combine the three voices well. Thanks for visiting my WWW

  6. You almost tempt me to pick up the sports book. Almost. 😉

  7. Three Story House, definitely going on my wishlist. This is my kind of read, but enjoy all of them!

  8. Three story house looks good! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. 🙂

  9. Three Story House seems like the most interesting book. I must check it out when it gets published. Happy reading! 🙂

  10. I hope you are still enjoying Three Story House. I am still in the first part as well and so far so good. Happy reading!

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