Elbow Grease

I’ve got a bum elbow so my typing is — per doctor’s orders — at the bare minimum.  Don’t you love it?  A writer who can’t write.  Or type.  The universe is a mansion of mirrors.

So here’s what I’m reading.  A looooong overdue Margaret Atwood, and Missouri’s own Daniel Woodrell.












Plus, TT Monday’s first thriller, which releases on March 11.  It’s for men who love baseball and smart thrillers.  It’s for women who love baseball players and smart thrillers.  Wait, does that sound sexist?  I blame the elbow drugs (aka Tylenol, lucky me).  You’ve got to pre-order this one.  I’m even waking up in the middle of the night, albeit with the aching elbow, to read more of THE SET UP MAN.  What’s going to happen to our relief pitcher turned private detective?



So see.  It’s not all sore elbows and bossy doctors.

Are you injured?  Under a doctor’s care??  What are you reading?


8 thoughts on “Elbow Grease

  1. Josey

    I’m about to finish Michael Hainey’s “After Visiting Friends” and am in the middle of “Crying at the Movies” by Madelon Sprengnether. I also just started “Flyover Lives” by Diane Johnson…which I plan to read as I FLY OVER the FLY OVER states on my way to see you!!!

  2. Paul Lamb

    I’m reading Ilona Comes with the Rain by Alvaro Mutis, one of the novellas in his Maqroll the Gaviero saga. This is my second time through. After that I must begin a certain thriller by a certain Washington-based writer we all know.

    1. Teri Post author

      I’ve started The Blind Assassin at least 5 times. It’s a complex story within a story, so I think it’s an airport/airplane book. Hours at a time to read big blocks at a time to get in and stay in.

      Hang in there with your pup. She will grow up to be the perfect pup, it just might take a whole year. It took my JoJo more than 2 years, but she’s very strong-willed and stubborn …. kind of like me.

  3. Tara DaPra

    I started reading *The Still Point of the Turning World* in September and finally finished it a couple of weeks ago. It was a really sad and beautiful book about the writer’s son being diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, a fatal and degenerative condition in which most kids with die by age three. I liked the book–it was lush and intelligent–but found myself disliking the narrator, who came off as a little too angry. While anyone who loses a child has every right to be devastated, the voice tainted the book for me. Is that terrible?

    Maybe I’ve said this before on your blog, but most of my “reading” these days is done via audio books during my commute. I just listened to two Colum McCann novels. The first was his latest, *Transatlantic*, which weaves together the stories of several Irish-American/American-Irish “crossings,” including Frederick Douglass’ visit to promote Emancipation during the Irish famine and Senator George Mitchell’s work on the Good Friday agreements along with the lives of some more ordinary characters. I loved this one, though the first hour was a little hard to get into. So my next book was *Let the Great World Spin* (which came out earlier and was more popular, I think) but it just didn’t resonate as much. I was really invested in some characters but not others. But if you ever wanted a look into the lives of prostitutes, this is the book for you.

    What should I listen to next? I’m on a big, sweeping novel kick.

    1. Teri Post author

      My favorite audio books are these. Books I’ve read, but that are great to listen to for a number of reasons:
      Jane Smiley — A Thousand Acres
      Mary Karr — Lit
      Judith Guest — Ordinary People
      Toni Morrison — Beloved (which she reads herself)

      P.S. I talked to our very own Kate Hopper last night. I went to her morning panel yesterday on writing in present tense, and then ran into her later. I was wishing you were here!!

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