A Broom of One's Own: Essays on Housecleaning and the Writing

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Harper Collins, 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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User Review  - -Cee- - LibraryThing

A mix of soul searching and humor, this memoir is delightful. An honest and open view into the life of a published but still struggling writer, it is also a witty commentary on the diverse lifestyles ... Read full review

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What a joy A Broom of One’s Own is! Honest and wise and humorous, each short essay takes us to a different client and a brief discussion of Peacock’s writing life. Apparently, after having not one ... 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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