“Keep It Moving- Lessons for the Rest of Your Life” by Twyla Tharp
Twenty years ago, I wrote a book called “The Creative Habit,” sharing the message that we can all live creative lives if only we could stop waiting for a muse to arrive with divine inspiration and instead just get down to work.
I’ve read that first book of hers at least a half dozen times. It’s inspiring and the kick in the pants when I need that.
This is the same kind of kick in the pants to just keep moving. For our physical as well as our mental and emotional health.
Tharp is a tough cookie. Her advice is to just do it whether that is getting up at the crack of dawn to go to the gym or write the novel or plant the garden of your dreams. Just. Do. It.
As with the first book, she writes from her own experience and gives the reader exercises to do in order to incorporate more movement into our lives.
The first passage I underlined:
What I believe in is change and the vitality it brings. Vitality means moving through life with energy and vigor, making deliberate choices and putting to good use the time and energy that we have been granted.
“The Last Book Party” novel by Karen Dukess
Walking up the dirt driveway to the summer home of Henry Grey, I reminded myself that I was an invited guest.
I am a sucker for any stories set in the writing/publishing/book world. This is all three.
Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer, much to her parents’ dismay, working as an assistant at a publishing house. Feeling at a dead end there, she decides to take a job for the summer as the assistant to Henry Grey, a famed New Yorker writer married to a famed poet.
Eve has little idea of what exactly she is walking into and her life becomes completely upended by her decision and she is left wondering if the world she so longed to be part of is really what she wants at all.
A sentence on marriage that intrigued me:
Maybe that’s what marriage was, a Mobius strip of togetherness, so that no matter how much a couple twisted and turned away from each other, even toward someone else, the attachment remained.
“They Said She Was Crazy” a novel by Kristine E. Brickey
Mara Sutherland couldn’t believe her bad luck.
Mara is getting ready to celebrate her son’s graduation from high school. It has been just the two of them for so long after she found herself in the position of being an unwed mother in college. But she raised him and he was her pride and joy. Then the unthinkable happens. She comes home to find his lifeless body. Her son had taken his own life.
The novel explores a mother’s deep grief and rage and longing to know why her son did what he did. She begins to see Zane and though she finds comfort in these visits, she wonders of she is going crazy.
It’s a painful story of a mother’s raw grief.
A sentence about trying to write into her grief:
Over the next few days, she would try to find more words, gain back the freedom o releasing what was barricaded inside her broken heart.
“Let’s Call It Doomsday” a YA novel by Katie Henry
Here is one way the world could end:
If you follow this blog at all, you know I have a bit of a fascination with end-of-the world stories. So, of course I would be drawn to a novel whose main character has the same obsession.
Ellis Kimball deals with anxiety. She obsesses over the myriad ways the world could end. She stock-piles supplies to help her and her family survive when the inevitable happens. Ellis is prepared.
What she isn’t prepared for is meeting Hannah Marks in the waiting rom of her therapist’s office. And she definitely isn’t prepared when Hannah tells her that she has visions and knows exactly when and how the world will end. And that Ellis is with her when it happens.
Ellis is quickly drawn into Hannah’s world, trying to decipher clues from her dreams, looking for a mysterious man that Hannah insists holds the key to the answers they are seeking.
But how far will Ellis go to help Hannah? And how far will she go to let the people around her know what she knows about the fate of the world?
A sentence I love:
Is there anything that makes your heart jump more, than someone wanting to keep your words?