Massachusetts Writers - Living

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    Think I will start the new Claire Cook book I got at the library - do you read her ?  She lives down Cohasset/Scituate way and her books are pretty much set on the South Shore/Cape area.  One, MUST LOVE DOGS was made into a movie with Diane Lane.

    (Athough I think her last one was set in Atlanta and was excellent.) 

    Anyone else got a Massachusetts based writer to recommend?

     
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     Dr Keith Ablow
    He grew up in Marblehead.  http://keithablow.com/drablowsbooks/                                                                                                                            "To Wrestle With Demons: A Psychiatrist Struggles to Understand His Patients and Himself"

     

     

     

     
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    I also recommend Dr Michael Palmer, medical thrillers.  http://www.michaelpalmerbooks.com/about-michael-palmer   He lives North of Boston.  

      

    "In addition to the writing, I work part time (20 hours a week or so) for the Massachusetts Medical Society as an Associate Director of their physician health program, helping doctors with physical illness, mental illness, or substance abuse put their lives together. It’s tremendously rewarding work and offers great balance to the isolation of writing. But doing that job, plus the writing, plus daddying puts a high premium on discipline. Fortunately, if I have nothing else, I have that."

    —Michael Palmer

    The 1996 thriller film Extreme Measures, starring Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman and Sarah Jessica Parker, is based on Palmer's book of the same name.

     

     
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    The Claire Cook book, Time Flies, was super.  Anyone who has ever driven 128 to Rt 3 should enjoy it.  Anyone who graduated from HS in the 70s should enjoy it.  Highly recommended.

     
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    Thanks, Hats.  I'll give her a look/see to see what my local library has of hers.  Not going through a reading phase right now, but maybe she'll put me back in one!

    "Each one of us contributes in some unique way to the composition of life." 

    ~ Mr. Rogers

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    Well, as the weather changes and we go into the dark and cold portion of the year, maybe people will feel more like reading!

     
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    Another writer I really recommend is Suzanne Strempek Shea.  Her first novels were about people of Polish descent living in Western Mass.  Loved Hoopi Shoopi Donna and Selling the Lite of Heaven so much!  Here's her bio from her website. About Suzanne

    Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels: Selling the Lite of Heaven, Hoopi Shoopi Donna, Lily of the Valley, Around Again, and Becoming Finola, published by Washington Square Press. She has also written three memoirs, Songs From a Lead-lined Room: Notes - High and Low - From My Journey Through Breast Cancer and Radiation; Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama and Other Page-Turning Adventures From a Year in a Bookstore; and Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith, all published by Beacon Press.

    She co-wrote the recently released 140 Years of Providential Care: The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts with her husband, Tom Shea, senior foreign editor for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and with author/historian Michele P. Barker.

    She has just finished This is Paradise, a book about Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in the African nation of Malawi, and is seeking publisher interest in a sixth novel, about a palm reader, and in an anthology on soap operas coordinated with novelist and dramatist Elizabeth Searle.

     
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    Googled a couple of her books and they definitely sound like what I'd like.  Have the author on my list.

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    Have not done any reading in a while, but did pick up a book I had bought a couple of months ago,  "The Good Husband" by Gail Godwin, and I know already that it's one that will be hard for me to put down for long.  I do love her style of writing.  Have read a couple of others of hers and was drawn right into them from page one.

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    Oh yeah, she is a very good writer, for sure.

     
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    I like light popular fiction---Elin Hildebrand and Nancy Thayer I love. Claire Cook-yes- like her books too. I have a lot of these 3 women's books on my Kindle.

    Joseph Finder lives in Boston--I loved "Paranoia"-they are making a movie of it coming out soon. I read some others, but that one was my favorite.

    One negative thing about the kindle- I dont remember what I have read unless I pull up my home page--not like a good old book you constantly see, and know the cover.  May start to drift away from it. But it is so handy-I have it with me all time time--got me through many long days when DH was in the hospital, instead of lugging a big book.

     Michael Palmer is good too--I know I read a bunch of his in years past.

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    Re: Kindle - I hear you - I mostly use mine when I don't want to lug a lot of books around, on vacation, for example, and to read old books that are out of copyright - like Jane Austen - Pride and Predjudice -  and the Brontes - Jane Eyre...Dickens...that kind of thing.  New stuff I read real books.  Try not to buy new stuff but get it from the library.

     

    I use goodreads to track what I have read.  www.goodreads.com

     
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    James Scott - Boston native and Emerson College grad. Author of the recently-released The Kept.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/books/the-kept-james-scotts-dark-and-mysterious-first-novel.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow">http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/books/the-kept-james-scotts-dark-and-mysterious-first-novel.html?_r=0


    "You imagine that the uncompromising resolution Mr. Scott presents is precisely what would happen if revenge were left in the hands of children."


    Out beyond the ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. -- Rumi

     
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    TT - I read the Mimi Malloy book and I liked it except for the child abuse part.  Since I became a Mom myself I can not bear to read books about such horrific things.

    I do miss you and Pingo and I tried to send you a private message but although the message function seems to work, the messages go off into the ether, never to be delivered. Typical of Boston.com.  Here's part of the message I wrote you two.  Other parts were private just for you so I can't give you my most important reasons for cutting back on my boston.com use:

     

    I want to explain to you two, and you two only, why I am gone. Please don’t share this with anyone else.
    First I miss you two, but I was already thinking that I was wasting too much time online. I was checking all the time to see if anyone had posted.  (cut...)
    I need to spend more time on family concerns, and I need to work more and make more money.

    So I’ll check every once in a while to see if you two are all right. Every good wish to you and your families.

    Love,

    HATS

     
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    What a joy to click on a few minutes ago and see your post listed onthe Forum page.  Pingo had told us she reached out to you in another section of the Globe, and I'm so glad you responded here where we can all read it.

    I agree with you about the Mimi Malloy section - I myself thought that was a bit out there, I skim read it, and don't know why the author came up with such a horrific background for the family.  To me that spoiled a light hearted portrayal of a woman getting older, and an authentic portrayal of relationships within a family.  I loved Mimi herself. 

    Hats, I did get your message, but messages are not private, they post and anyone who clicks on the page can see them.  Since you said it was intended for just Pingo and me to read, once I had read it (didn't think to look there for quite a while), I set my page to "private" - now nothing shows there.  I did get your entire message and understand your thinking, just was so sorry to lose you.  Hope you will continue to show up here and there.  If you have been reading CC at all, then you know Pingo and I aren't the only ones missing your interesting posts.  I wish you well, whatever your decision.

    11:00 ETA:  Now you've got me checking to see if you responded!

     
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