Gathering with book clubs in my hometown, I love uncovering our many connections — the people and interests we hold dear as well as the books we read. Continue reading Is your book club a ‘hub’?
Japan wasn’t on my bingo card for 2022, but a writer’s conference, a new immigration policy and an encouraging husband say otherwise. Off I go! Continue reading Plot twist — off to Japan!
A few thoughts on why we are drawn to write and read stories … Continue reading “a ball of light”
The chaos of summer has knocked me off writing and into projects … currently turning visual order into chaos … Continue reading Turning order into chaos
Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
By Sarah Coomber Your second memoir, The Clean Daughter: a Cross-Continental Memoir, takes us to five different countries, yet all of your experiences tie into figuring out your prickly relationship with your father-in-law. How did you get to the heart of that story? This was a hard book to write, because it is really personal, and it touches… Continue reading Telling the Unwanted Story: an Interview with Memoirist Jill Kandel
This third book in Graeme Simsion’s Rosie series could be a comforting and enjoyable read for parents whose journey is not proceeding exactly as expected. Continue reading “Normalizing” a parenting challenge (a brief book review)
I’m tickled to share this new review of my memoir, The Same Moon, from the Japan America Society of Minnesota. Here’s what reviewer Tom Haeg identified as a takeaway: What we learn here is a clearer meaning of tolerance. We must accept others as similar to, not different from ourselves. What we share in common is more important than what distinguishes us. Inclusion not exclusion. … Continue reading Book review: ‘a clearer meaning of tolerance’
When we put our words out in the world, they sometimes come back to us in new and surprising ways. Continue reading Back in the book club saddle!
Today’s writing advice: “Never hold back.” Continue reading Writing advice, No. 4: Never hold back
As I begin drafting a manuscript, I’m reminded that writing memoir is a full-body experience — uncomfortable but healing. Continue reading Writing to let go