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The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • Love Bradford Morrow’s tribute to one of my favorite books, Willa Cather’s My Ántonia.
  • Still more words of freelancing wisdom from Kelly James-Enger.
  • Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day!
  • Have you heard that Amazon is now selling a “Kindle with sponsored offers”? This version of the device is priced $25 lower than the next-cheapest version. Readers will get ads and, as the title suggests, sponsored offers. I’m not sure that the $25 discount is worth it. What do you think?
  • Intriguing list of fiction titles under review at The Complete Review that feature “real people.”
  • The Renegade Writer interviews Julie Fast, author of Get It Done When You’re Depressed.
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    1. I loved My Ántonia – and I didn’t get to read it for the first time until I was an adult 🙂 Another that falls in that category, that often gets pegged as a “kids book”, is The Secret Garden. These are wonderful books that shouldn’t be just for school kids and then forgotten as we become adults.

      Also, on the Kindle – I own one and don’t think a savings of $25 would be worth it for the long-run. On the other hand, I read a LOT and I think the ads and other banners would annoy me. So perhaps a more casual reader wouldn’t mind as much? $25 isn’t *that* much of a savings when you think about what you’ll be spending on ebooks, a cover for the Kindle, etc.

    2. Nice list! I was just thinking about My Antonia the other day. It’s been about five years since I’ve read it, but it’s one of those stories that’s so vivid you can remember it almost as clearly as the day after you closed the covers. Cather was gem.

    3. It’s so interesting–I never considered MY ÁNTONIA a kids’ book. I do think it’s a gem. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, both of you!

    4. My Antonia is that good, I agree. I read it a couple of years ago and loved her simple language with the occasional well-written metaphor. And the plot of male/female friendship is a favorite one of mine.

      Death Comes for the Archbishop, another one of her books, is a good read too.

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