Stolen FigsStolen Figs – Mark Rotella

Hoodwinked – David Hernandez (I’ve actually read this but I need to read it again and again.

Ordinary Love & Good Will – Jane Smiley (I love her)

The Courts of Love – Ellen Gilchrist (I love her)

Half Broke Horses – Jeannette Walls (I loved The Glass Castle.  I must read this soon)

Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby (I love him)

National Anthem – Kevin Prufer (I love him too)

The Language of Baklava – Diana Abu-Jaber (Crescent is one of my favorite books in the world)

Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies was so fabulous I bought two copies because I knew I would want to give one as a gift)

The View From Castle Rock – Alice Munro (All the Alice’s – Munro, McDermott, Hoffman are so great.  I probably won’t get to this until it’s already out in paperback)

The Museum Guard – Howard Norman (I love him.  He is a wonderful writer and was at a workshop one year when I was there.  He is very kind).

Oh I am so depressed.  I hope you have more time to read, and write, than I do.


Tobi Cogswell is the author of four chapbooks and one full length poetry collection. Lit Up, her fifth chapbook, is forthcoming from Kindred Spirit Press.  Tobi has been published nationally and internationally, on-line and in print.  She is the co-editor of San Pedro River Review,  She lives inSouthern California.



2 Responses to “Things I Wish I Could Do In Summer”

  1. Howard Norman was a frequent visitor at a bookstore I worked at in DC. I hear he’s very good (and you’re right, he’s very kind). I’d start with that one.

    • Tobi Cogswell says:

      A few years ago I was at the Tomales Bay Writers conference. I workshopped with Heather McHugh – lord have mercy she is a blog post all on her own. She was wonderful.

      Howard was one of the faculty.

      One afternoon Heather was reading with Pete Fromm. I sat in the front row of course. Pete read a story that he has since turned into a novel, that was so beautiful, and so personally emotional for me that I sat in the front row crying – with no kleenex – probably wiping my nose on my sleeve I have no idea. Howard was sitting diagonally from me.

      When Pete finished, Howard leaned over and quietly said to me “that’s what good writing will do”. Not get a grip, you pig-dog, not for God’s sake, you blubbering fool, just “that’s what good writing will do”.

      I discovered his writing with “The Bird Artist”, which I loved. I think you’re right Sam. I’ll start with his book.

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