A Story That Took 10 Years To Tell

Carol Sklenicka is the author of "Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life" -  named one of the "Best 10 Books of 2009" by The New York Times Book Review, and one of the best 100 books of the year by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, and The Washington Post.  To research the life of Raymond Carver, she studied archives and visited towns all over the United States and conducted hundreds of interviews with his relatives, friends, and colleagues. She lives with her husband, poet R. M. Ryan, near the Russian River in California.


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A 100-Year-Old Life Hack for Millennials

The coolest advice I’ve ever read wasn’t on a meme-studded list or pseudo-psychological article on my newsfeed. It was written more than a century ago, nestled within the six-year correspondence between poet Rainer Maria Rilke and student Franz Kappus. Letters to a Young Poet is a collection of Rilke’s letters…

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Monkeys Using Tools, Dogs Using Elevators

I started reading Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin a while ago, but stepped away from it halfway through. Not because I became distracted with a new book (usually the case), but because my five-year-old French bulldog, Gus, died unexpectedly. Late one Saturday afternoon, he suddenly lost control of the…

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