|This helpful little book from Lisa Congdon is a useful guide for artists looking to turn their creative work into a career, whether that’s as a commercial illustrator or fine artist.||Still Writing is one of those rare books that speaks as much about the day-to-day life of a writer, as well as what it’s like to sit down at the page and “start over” every day.||Beloved among all sorts of creative types, these black-covered beauties have held brilliant ideas and half-baked notions for decades.|
|A novel about a marriage. Offill writes remarkably about the ups and downs of a long-term relationship without descending into mawkish cliché. This book made the top of several Best Books lists in 2014.||Youth, middle age, death. In my opinion, Salter’s finest work. The sentences are put together with lush precision, to be read aloud.||Another novel about marriage. Black is unflinching in this examination of what it’s like to love someone and to still hurt them. I don’t cry often at books, but this one made me weep.|
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