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A Broom of One's Own : Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life
by Nancy Peacock


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780061357879
  • ISBN-10: 0061357871
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 169
  • Dimensions: 7.98 x 5.28 x 0.53 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.35 pounds

Series: P.S.

Related Categories

Books > Language Arts & Disciplines > Composition & Creative Writing - General
Books > Language Arts & Disciplines > Authorship

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 48.
  • Review Date: 2008-01-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

As a struggling writer, novelist Peacock (Life Without Water) took all kinds of jobs to support herself, fantasizing about the day she'd be published and could write full-time. But after two critically acclaimed novels, not only could she not afford to quit cleaning houses for a living, she wasn't sure she wanted to. She hadn't yet developed the confidence, “the strong foundation,” to write full-time, and cleaning houses provided her with “the two things writers love more than anything else... solitude and gossip.” But Peacock offers an honest and refreshing look at what life is like for most writers, few of whom can expect to crack the bestseller lists or make it to Oprah's Book Club. She also offers an insider's look at housecleaning that may lead readers to start cleaning their own houses or, at least, be more careful about the messes they leave for their cleaning people. Peacock no longer cleans houses for a living (it began to wear her down physically); now she supplements her income by teaching. If you can't make it to North Carolina for one of her classes, she offers plenty of useful lessons here. (Apr.)

 
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