Thursday, January 10, 2013

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction

Partnership. The relationship between writer Tracy Kidder and editor Richard Todd may not be typical, but the result in the form of the finely crafted books by Kidder proves that something has worked well in this four-decade partnership. Their new book, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, has both individuals reflecting on the writing and editing process. As I read it, I marveled about how special their relationship has been, a deep friendship, and how the skills of each harmonize to create very fine writing. On one level, this book offers writers some very cogent advice on what to do and what to avoid. On another level, readers can enter into the personal lives of these two talented individuals and eavesdrop on their collaboration. As a reader, I found myself entertained by the fine writing of this short book, the wisdom of the authors’ advice, and the realization that when both authors and editors are skilled and strong-willed, the books that flow from such a talented partnership are ones well worth reading. Writers and editors who pick up just a few tips from Kidder and Todd will make me an even happier reader. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Good Prose from

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