Author's BLOG on great reads by other authors, as well as my books

Recommended reading:
1.Ta-Nehisi Coates' We Were Eight Years in Power
2. Otessa Moshfegh's novel Eileen
3. Nancy Dafoe's mystery You Enter a Room 
4. Dafoe's new mystery Both End in Speculation 
5. Jacob Appel's book of short stories Scouting for the Reaper
6. Seth Rogoff's First, the Raven,  A Preface
7. Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic, Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War 
8. Karen Pastorello's and Susan Goodier'sWomen Will Vote
9. Karen Foresti Hempson's Bean Pickers, American Immigrant Portraits
More Recommendations:
1. Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk's A Strangeness in My Mind
2. Nathan Hill's novel The Nix
3. William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Read and re-read. Always worth going back to his incredible work.
4. Frank Wilczek nonfiction A Beautiful Question
5. Eric Keller's Half-Built Houses, murder mystery

Sharing your stories and words:

  • "Nancy, I wept my way through your wonderful book. There were tears of overwhelming sadness at what this thief, dementia, has stolen from our moms and our families. Tears of forgiveness for myself and my sister for all our mistakes in dealing with our mother and this horrific disease. Tears of forgiveness for our mother for the way she treated us at times in her illness. Tears of forgiveness for words spoken from well meaning people. There was so much we didn't know and so much we knew and overlooked or explained away. New prescription eyeglasses found months later in the freezer, a burned microwave, scraped paint on her car, a run in with a Jaguar, uncontrolled anger and meanness, inability to understand instructions, medication found on the floor, confusion, etc. Thank you for writing Iceberg in Paradise. I found healing in my sadness while reading it. God give me the strength for what is yet to come from this illness.

Sincerely, Diane Irwin"

"Message: I just finished your book. My husband and I have been going thru the alzheimer's process with my mother....for a very long time - however, the last few months have been horrid. I just wanted to tell you how much I connected to your experiences...my book is tagged on probably half the pages in your book because it hit home. I read some of the excerpts to my husband and he responded....no wonder you loved the book! I have read so many books on this insidious disease and caregiving, etc - there is only a handful that were worth keeping....yours is one.

Thank you!!!!/Lynn Robinson"

October 23, 2018

Could there be a poetry chapbook more apt for the moment and Me, Too movement than Theresa Hamman’s All Those Lilting Tongues? Hamman’s taut lines, “all you/ ever do/ is show me/ how your subzero/ lips curl/ around your canary/ teeth/ as you gnaw/ on an old steak bone”...

Phoebe Nilsen’s Without a Kiss is a sublimely cohesive chapbook of poetry on what is missing: whether is it that kiss, “three little words,” or the uncaptured moment.

Trains, as both motif and symbol, rumble over rails throughout this exquisite book of loss, missed oppo...

Structured as secular epiphanies, each set apart by the tilde, the text of The Last Mosaic reads, indeed, like a “circus,” as the authors write. This hybrid poem/essay is a high-flying act of daring interrupted by weird clowns with inappropriate smiles before lions and...

Half-Built Houses

Eric Keller

5 stars

Published by Rogue Phoenix Press

Reviewed by Nancy A. Dafoe

In the vein of the pulsing arterial found in John Grisham’s crime/legal thrillers, Eric Keller’s Half-Built Houses is fast paced, meticulously developed, filled with plot twist...

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