A Broom of One's Own: Essays on Housecleaning and the Writing (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Oct 13, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages
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For the twice-published novelist, reading an article about herself in the National Enquirer—under the headline "Here's One for the Books: Cleaning Lady Is an Acclaimed Author"—was more than a shock. It was an inspiration.

In A Broom of One's Own, Nancy Peacock, whose first novel was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year, explores with warmth, wit, and candor what it means to be a writer. An encouragement to all hard-working artists, no matter how they make a living, Peacock's book provides valuable insights and advice on motivation, craft, and criticism while offering hilarious anecdotes about the houses she cleans.

  

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Keen observations from a writer/housecleaner. - Goodreads
I picked it up in and amongst the book for writing. - Goodreads
She stressed the importance of writing what you know. - Goodreads
Peacock is by no means a spoiled, pampered writer. - Goodreads
I wrote this quote down: Writing is so crazy. - Goodreads
As a hesitant but determined writer I love this book. - Goodreads

Review: A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life

User Review  - Beth Browne - Goodreads

From its clever title to the pithy writing tips at the end, this book is simply wonderful. Nancy Peacock tells her story with unflinching honesty in tight vibrant prose. It's a sobering story, but ... Read full review

Review: A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life

User Review  - Jasmyne - Goodreads

I loved this book. So many people after seeing the goldmines book series have become when they're picked up by Hollywood decide that writing is where it's at. It's the way to pick up a lottery ticket ... Read full review

Contents

Enquiring Minds
1
Diary of a Mad Housecleaner
12
Bedside Story
23
Trickledown Economics
34
The Promised Land
44
The Gilded Ages
55
The Writing Spider
65
Seasons Greetings
74
Ecstatically Cleaning the Toilet
94
News Flash
103
Answered Prayer
113
Space Lust
126
Clipping Along
137
Dust to Dust
145
Quitting
158
Copyright

Mollys Smile
83

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About the author (2009)

Nancy Peacock is the author of two novels, Life Without Water and Home Across the Road. She has worked as a housecleaner, bartender, carpenter, locksmith, costumer, baker, waitress, assistant drum maker, and newspaper deliverer. Now a writing teacher, she lives with her husband in Chatham County, North Carolina.

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