Friday, October 02, 2009

Special Appearance: Author Carrie Host on "Rescued by Books"

I am honored to be a part of Carrie Host's blog tour for her book Between Me and the River, which runs from September 21 to October 2 (today).

Yesterday, I posted the book review and I must say it is a book that has touched me deeply. I have learned so much and found that I am able to relate to her feelings to a certain extent because of my husband's previous medical condition. He was hospitalized for blood clot in the brain and had to undergo a brain surgery. It was a nightmare and I had spent a lot of time in the ICU.

Today, she shares with us the books that are important to her , which I'm sure would interest you who are booklovers and bloggers. She mentioned
The Elements of Style, which is one of my favorite books!

Please help me welcome Carrie Host to
Hello, My Name Is Alice.


Have you ever been rescued by a book, or even by a line in a book? I have. In writing my memoir, Between Me and the River, I often took refuge in the words of other writers. Specifically, books that address the craft of writing. I found it a relief to read how other writers got it done. Here are a few that revived me when I thought of chopping my desk into kindling:

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: She claims it is necessary to write a terrible first draft.

William Zinsser’s On Writing Well: for this line from the section on punctuation: "The Period. There’s not much to be said about the period except that most writer’s don’t reach it soon enough."

Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft: for what to do about those pesky rejection letters that every writer is bound to hold in his trembling hand, "Hammer a three-inch nail into your wall and stab the letters on it." Also, as to the process of editing: "Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open."

Then there is The Elements of Style by Strunk & White. This is the 85 page bible for those who are religious about their writing. It is very nun-and-ruler like in its ‘Rules’ approach. My favorite: Rule 17 from "Principles of Composition", "Omit needless words."

But the book I turned this spring to escape all current writing, writing about writing, and my life in general, was Wuthering Heights. I relished Heathcliff’s impatience with the idiotic and dark mind and Joseph’s incomprehensible babble and wrath upon all who crossed his path.

Did I tell you that I love dismal weather and that here in Colorado I have to continuously bear bright blue sunny skies? Who can live up to that every day? Like I said, I’m rescued by books.

What book has recently delivered you?

Sincerely sick of the sun,
Carrie Host, Author
Between Me and the River

About the Author:
Carrie Host serves on the board of directors for the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation (, which is the only not-for-profit foundation dedicated to discovering a cure for carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumors. An accomplished public speaker, Host addresses cancer patients and the medical community at CFCF and other cancer-related fundraising events across the country. A third-generation Colorado native, she lives in Boulder with her husband and their three children: Chanel (19), Marco (17) and William (6).

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