Monday, October 4, 2010

Retro Review: Any Shiny Thing

REVIEWED BY: Marguerite Zelle


AMAZON SUBSCRIPTION LINK: Any Shiny Thing, by Lynne Morgan Spreen


BLOG DESCRIPTION: Having a mid-life crisis? Halfway through your life and wishing you'd done everything differently? Lynne Morgan Spreen examines this and every other issue on the minds and in the hearts of Boomer Women.

MY REVIEW: I really enjoyed this blog,and I think it will resonate with a lot of women. Girls and women in their 20s and 30s might learn a thing or two about what it's like to look back on your life at age 50 and think of things you'd wished you'd done...or hadn't done. There's an old cliche - you should learn from your mistakes, but it's so much better to learn from other people's mistakes. And experiences.

It's life experience that's on offer here. New ways of thinking of things, pointers in new directions, expanding of consciousnesses.

I highly recommend it.

Sample post:
Memoir Writers, You Need to Open a Vein

I don’t write memoir (unless you consider how much of Dakota Blues is autobiographical) but for those of my friends who do, here’s an excellent post by Jane Friedman reminding you to keep it real, or in the words of Mary Karr, who wrote Liar’s Club:

I think memoirists are writing about how you continue to love people who have broken your fucking heart, how you maneuver in the world and show the inside, the complicated psychological insides of human relationships.

Now, I don’t happen to agree that such writing is limited to memoir; my stories are all about the above. But I do think that memoirists have to be prepared to shed their fear of exposure and give us the truth, no matter how embarrassing or ugly. Good luck!

--Am I Really Middle-Aged at 56?
--Are Your Friends Bad For You (Part 2)
--Memoir Writers, You Need to Open a Vein
--Are Your Friends Bad For You? (Part 1)
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