Author: bobamatthews

Photo Books You Should Own

Here are 9 books that I highly recommend for any and all photographers.

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Book Review – We Love Anderson Cooper, by R. L. Maizes

R.L. Maizes new collection of short stories gets 5 stars.

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Writers That Have Influenced Me

Head shots of five influential authors

There are five authors that have really resonated with me. I am attracted to them for their combination of subject matter, character, and writing style that draw me to an author. I find myself returning to them for inspiration and guidance with my own writing.

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Bogbean Cafe in Roundstone, Ireland

Bogbean Cafe in Roundstone, County Galway, Ireland

Bogbean Cafe in Roundstone, Co. Galway is one of my favorites spots for a coffee and a scone.

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“Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery” by Mary Amato

Book cover for Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery

Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato is a fun read.

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My Favorite Coffee Shops in Santa Fe New Mexico

My favorite coffee shop in Santa Fe was, hands down, Ikonic Coffee Roasters on Lena Street.

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“Banged-Up Heart” by Shirley Melis

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“Banged-Up Heart” is a moving, informative memoir by Shirley Melis on love, loss, life and coping for grown-up.

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Getting Older, Sliding into Getting Old

But I’ve just turned 65. There’s no denying it any more. I’m not just “getting older,” I’m old.

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Scandamerican Literary Find – Review of “The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic” by Christopher Merkner

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Christopher Merkner’s short story collection ““The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic: Stories” is a great read. It feels like the next step beyond the 1960’s postmodernists writings of the likes of Vonnegut, Barthelme, Carver, and Brautigan.

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Top-10 Books of 2017

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Here are my favorite reads of 2017. This is my list, very specific to me, my likes and prejudices, and my goals in reading.

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