Helen Gallagher

Helen Gallagher is a freelance writer and book reviewer, covering publishing/writing, technology, and travel for NY Journal of Books and other venues. She is the author of Release Your Writing: Book Publishing Your Way.

Book Reviews by Helen Gallagher

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In the 21st century we face a digital world where almost every aspect of our lives is recorded.

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While the digital age certainly reduced our use of paper, for many the tactile love of paper grows.

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Writing a book, any book, is a journey.

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“. . . a how-to guide for anyone ready to give back to the Earth more than he or she takes.”

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“. . . will empower you to give the technique a try.”

Barbara Abercrombie has packed her extensive knowledge into an exercise book for writers.

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“Daily Rituals is a delightful exploration of the personalities and private-moment quirks of artists and writers . . .”

What makes the creative spirit emerge?

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“Ms. Goldberg pushes the reader past fear and doubt into a glorious empowerment . . .”

The road to good writing does not proceed in a straight line.

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Imagination takes flight from the first scene, in which our nameless narrator finds himself in proximity to a one-eyed restaurant chef who leads him into a sauna.

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If you think love is complicated in the 21st century, back in 1912 Franz Kafka kept busy with long distance relationships largely via letters with four women he adored.

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“Not exactly a party game, but a genuine mind-bending variety of puzzles on issues that matter to us . . .”

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“. . . learn to express yourself in a language that is in alignment with your true nature.”

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“You will be inspired and encouraged to write your way toward the inherent power of your story—becoming a better writer in the process.”

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At today’s pace something “new” comes along every hour. Our ability to respond to the new and different is what saved us from extinction.

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“We learn through this gentle narrative how to really see and how an appreciation for art can enhance our view of the world’s everyday splendor.”

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“As the author contemplates works of literature and art depicting winter and the effects of central heating, he writes thoughtfully of the miracle, metaphor, poetry, and science of winter,

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“. . . a story about storytelling can be about both what’s true and what ought to be true. Mr.

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“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;
it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” —Seneca

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Maya Angelou’s lovely books usually reside on our bedside tables, yet this is one you’ll keep close at hand in the kitchen.

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Nora Ephron is back, with her introspective look at life, recalling all that she hasn’t yet forgotten.

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Moira Allen’s name is well known to most writers. She was a pioneer in using the web to offer support and built a strong following, with her website and newsletter.