KPC Library presents:
Book Look
Provided by KPC Librarian Assistant Megan Zimplemann

The following books, and 23,000 others, are available in the KPC Library!

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On writing - A Memoir of the Craft - by Stephen King

On writing - A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King

Review by Bruce Schirmers, KPCMG

Sometimes it takes me a while to wake up. Know what I mean? This thing was published four years ago in hardcover (two years ago in paperback). It has a quiet little title, nothing electrifying. There's no blood or gore or monsters gruesomely displayed, and it still took me until now to actually read the entire front cover. Which made me check out the back cover. Been there?

I read the credits in front; not bad. First Foreword; fair. And then I read the Second Foreword, which begins this way:

"This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit. Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do-not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when it's bad. I figured the shorter the book, the less the bullshit…"

That's when I knew I had to have it. Want the best you'll ever read from a guy who has more than just money, influence, money and the rest? King shares with openness and honesty I don't recall ever seeing before. For example, he advises:

"Don't wait for the muse. As I've said, he's a hardheaded guy who's not susceptible to a lot of creative fluttering…just another job like laying pipe or driving long-haul trucks. Your job is to make sure the muse knows where you're going to be every day from nine 'til noon or seven 'til three. If he does know, I assure you that sooner or later he'll start showing up, chomping his cigar and making his magic."

Here's one last tidbit to tempt you:

"What's equally wrong is the deliberate turning toward some genre or type of fiction in order to make money. It's morally wonky, for one thing-the job of fiction is to find the truth inside the story's web of lies, not to commit intellectual dishonesty in the hunt for the buck. Also, brothers and sisters, it doesn't work."

Does the guy have a voice or what? But that's not all. His advice about storytelling, training your mind to sleep creatively, what readers recognize, sensory reality, intuition, endings, and developing the plot (or not), and the blessed relief he offers about theme.

Good reading.

Westward Whoa! By W. Hodding Carter

Westward Whoa!
In the Wake of Lewis and Clark

by W. Hodding Carter

Provided by the KPC Library

One hundred and ninety years after Lewis and Clark failed to discover the Northwest Passage, W. Hodding Carter and Preston Maybank set out upstream at the union of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, destined to repeat history. Westward Whoa is a rollicking account of this modern day remounting of the great expedition across the territory of the Louisiana Purchase.

Armed with just the bare essentials, Carter and Maybank traveled by raft, on foot, and on horseback in the manner of their legendary precursors (Okay, they did grab a small outboard motor and resorted to renting a car in a moment of desperation, but apart from those lapses, the trip was strictly 'roughing it' by the book!). Besides dealing with natural obstacles, such as a river that ran out of water and a zillion wildly aggressive mosquitoes, they faced hazards of a more contemporary order as well…a sea of Styrofoam cups, pathological liars, giggling teenage girls, depraved, alcoholic mountain men, and the Army Corps of Engineers all sought to obstruct their progress!

Though always respectful of the men (and the woman!) who made this journey the first time around, Westward Whoa is a hilarious, mind-warping report on what's really waiting for us when we venture into the great American wilderness!

 

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