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Essays that are meditations on her writing process and her employment It couldn t really decide f t wanted to be a clever set of stories with witty barbs about the houses she cleaned or a standard book about the writing process and how to overcome the blank page Regardless t didn t do either very well The housecleaning stories are a little too cutesy and the writing bits are too cliched tortured artist I just don t care how hard writing The Devils Jug, the Crying Tree Me is for you I feel a little bad giving her a low rating because I was pulling for her to succeed at the end of the book Butt s just not very good and I Ramesses imagine her novels are uite dreadful I m not going to lie I have stacks of booksn pretty much all of my closets come at me Marie Kondo and I was looking for something else last week when I found my copy of A Broom of One s Own and The Irish Warrior inexplicably got a strong feeling thatt should be my next book Clearly my hunch was right because I flew through this Baby, Im Back! (Return to Redemption, in a day a day I feel compelled to add thatncluded 7
Hours Of Sleep And An of sleep and an hour workday I just loved everything about this A Broom of One s Own s a memoir of Nancy Peacock s life as both an acclaimed novelist and as someone who cleans houses for a living Although the book s 10 years old The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur it s uite timelyn this age when Mers it s hard for any writer to make a living from their writing So Peacock dusts bookshelves that contain copies of her own books She deals with people s reactions to the fact that a published novelists cleaning houses to support herself She "muses on what she could do nstead that would support the writing life she wants to have "on what she could do nstead that would support the writing life she wants to have addresses a lot of ssues of class and creativity and writes movingly about some of the households she worked for I loved Peacock s voice and thought this was such a great antidote to all of the MFA holders the publishing ndustry Die Germanen is always telling us are amazing because they have MFAs This book was pretty short but I could have read many pages of this sort of thing I m so glad I found this book and listened to my ownmperative to read The Broken Sword it It definitely came along at exactly the right time. All hard working artists no matter how they make a living Peacock's book provides valuablensights and advice on motivation craft and criticism while offering hilarious anecdotes about the houses she clean. ,
One of the best books I ve read n a long time Her candor and powers of observation won me over as did the fact that she livedlives within her meansLOVING this book Can t put Charles Dickens it down Local author endorsed by one of my heroes Lee Smith One of the first dates with my husband was when I was a student at NCSUn Raleigh We went to hear Lee Smith Nancy Peacock Christianity at the Crossroads is both a published and well received novelist and a professional house cleaner As you mightmagine she receives different feedback from people depending on which of these roles has her currently engaged A Broom of One s Own s a refreshingly brief and humorous book about the author s writing career and the fifteen years she spent earning her living as a housecleanerNancy Peacock never attended college but her first novel Life Without Water was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year Although she received an advance on her next book the money ran out before the book was finished and she went back to cleaning houses to support herselfA Broom of One s Own examines the balancing act that many of us maintain between doing what we love to do and earning a living How much do we compromise our art or our desired way of *life to pay the bills feel financially secure or even keep up with the Joneses Nancy Peacock has *to pay the bills feel financially secure or even keep up with the Joneses Nancy Peacock
Has Lovehate Relationship Withlovehate relationship with day job She writes about how cleaning houses gives her the scheduling flexibility and ndependence she needs And except Cravings in the case of those annoying clients whonsist on being underfoot while she cleans The Wedding Date it affords her the solitude she reuires to work throughdeas On the other hand she also writes about how dismissive
people are of maids and how difficult Swan Song its to find them n literature except as stereotypesA Broom of One sare of maids and how difficult t Harbor Me is to find themn literature except as stereotypesA Broom of One s touches upon the El Señor del Carnaval (Jan Fabel, issue of career versusdentity how we define ourselves and how others view us based on our profession In her life as a published author Peacock Processing Pain in Play is picked up from the airport by limo and wined and dined while another day finds her waiting at the checkpoint of a gated community to be uestioned by the guard before being For the twice published novelist reading an article about herselfn the National Enuirer under the headline Here's One for the Books Cleaning Lady Is an Acclaimed Author was than a shock It was an nspirati. Llowed to enter with other members of the service
STAFF SHE WRITES HUMOROUSLY ABOUT THE DIFFERENT HOUSESShe writes humorously about different houses she cleaned and people she has cleaned for over the years and n the process the reader gains The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever insightnto her life and writing processPeacock s observations as a housekeeper are often hilarious While there are a few treasured clients who welcome her Patton on Leadership into their home and then stay out of her way while she cleans my favorites the one who likes to point out new nature specimens La Impostura Perversa in his yard while helping her carryn her supplies many of her clients are downright difficult There s the elderly woman who constantly asks her to move heavy objects just so she can see Zones of Instability if the ficus tree looks better to the left of the drapes the couple who allows their children to drop candy wrappers all over the house and perhaps worst of all the lawyer who never flushes the toilet after number two She even cleans for an ex boyfriend and for the couple who movednto a home built on the foundation of her own beloved house that burned downA Broom of One s Own was one of the most enjoyable books I ve read The Riven Shield (The Sun Sword, in a long time While Nancy Peacock s dual lifen writing and housekeeping Once More With Feeling is unusual at the same time theres something universal about her struggle between desire and necessity art and the mundane In a special section at the end there Orange World and Other Stories is annterview with Nancy Peacock writing advice from the author who now teaches writing workshops having at last abandoned her housecleaning career and a list of recommended books about writingI originally wrote this review for the Read Dream Relax blog where What Matters Most it appearedn 2014 In the first heady days when I joined Goodreads t was like when you first join Facebook you add everyone you can even hazily recall but then realize later that you aren t really nterested Linnys Sweet Dream List in all their thoughts I did that with books on the to read list so now I m trying to clear them outNancy Peacocks a published author with two novels Envy (Empty Coffin, in print However her writing was not enough to support her so she kept doing the job she found most tolerable cleaning houses Thiss a book of. OnIn 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 t means to be a writer An encouragement to.