Friday, April 02, 2010

What is Karen Maezen Miller reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Karen Maezen Miller, author of the newly released Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life.

Her entry begins:
After spending the last six months sitting on my widening rump finishing a nonfiction manuscript, I had two overpowering impulses: (1) to get out of the chair; and (2) crack open anything but a memoir. For the last few weeks I've made it into my small-town library twice a week or so. I go no farther than the new book display about three steps inside. I take two volumes at a time, and so I've read more books in the last few weeks than I have in a year. It's been such a rollicking escape that most of the titles elude me. But last week I read a work that I can't wait to blab about: Chang-rae Lee's new novel The Surrendered.

I've loved..[read on]
Among the early praise for Hand Wash Cold:
“A direct reminder that wakefulness lurks in the moments of everyday life, whether they are completely joyful or completely a mess.”
—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“Ever found yourself up to your elbows in the messy stuff of your own everyday life and wondered, ‘Is this all there is?’ Karen Maezen Miller answers that age-old question with a resounding ‘Yes.’ Read this deceptively simple, deeply wise little book not to change your life but to fall quietly, unequivocally back in love with the life you already have.”
—Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day

Hand Wash Cold is Eat, Pray, Love without all the scurrying from something.…Exceedingly wise and gentle, this book reminds us of the precious lives we’ve already been given and whispers, ‘Quit looking someplace else.’”
—Elissa Elliott, author of Eve: A Novel
Learn more about the book and author at Karen Maezen Miller's website and blog.

Writers Read: Karen Maezen Miller.

--Marshal Zeringue