One of the best books I ve read in a long time Her candor and powers of observation won me over as id the fact that she livedlives within her meansLOVING this book Can t put it Mr. Bridge down Local author endorsed by one of my heroes Lee Smith One of the firstates with my husband was when I was a student at NCSU in Raleigh We went to hear Lee Smith talk about writing She stressed the importance of writing what you know Nancy Peacock knows a lot about people and writing This book also made me very proud of how I have treated housekeepers over the years as people worthy of respect and gratidude I love this book I want to own it and be able to go back to it for later reference Nancy Peacock hits so many nails on the head that seem to Akenfield directly apply to my own lifeIn this book she recounts her experiences as a published Author who still cleans houses for aay job It s an interesting process she goes through from having writer s block to almost being fearful of success and to even becoming comfortable with simply being a maid And then finally
her strength and foresight to slowly uite cleaning houses one after another and write It s all very inspiring As a strength and foresight to slowly uite cleaning houses one after another and write It s all very inspiring As a janitor and author in progress I found this novel to be very hopeful at times funny and ridiculously relatable I The Case of the Philosophers Ring by Dr. John H. Watson devoured this book in twoays finishing it today and I already miss it Nancy Peacock is a writer whose first two books were written with great Connecting with Horses depth of understanding Life Without Water is one of the few books I have ever stayed up into the early morning hours unwilling to putown until I had finished it all in one sitting Home Across the Road surprised me even by the epth of the generations of the characters
and the overriding sense of loss that ran through the character s livesA the overriding sense of loss that ran through the character s livesA of One s Own is Peacock s book on writing life and her job cleaning houses Her job pays the bills her fantastic writing oes not and also affords her a look into the private lives of those families for whom she cleans house This along with her reflections on her work her reflections on the people she works for and their environments and her reflections on her writing make up the majority of this book Peacock has a wonderful way with language She also has an understated honesty even when it s expressed in anger longing or confusion She presents herself as a writer should as a complex not at all tidy collection of thoughts and feelings who is trying to make sense of herself her life and her writingThis is a great great book Nancy Peacock is both a published and well received novelist and a professional house cleaner As you might imagine she receives Lillian Toos Little Book Of Feng Shui different feedback from peopleepending on which of these roles has her currently engaged A Broom of One s Own is 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 The Winter Warrior doing what we love too and earning a living How much o we compromise our art or our esired way of life to pay the bills feel financially secure or even keep up with the Joneses Nancy Peacock has a lovehate relationship with her ay job She writes about how cleaning houses gives her the scheduling flexibility and independence she needs And except in the case of those annoying clients who insist on being underfoot while she cleans it affords her the solitude she reuires to work thro. For the twice published novelist reading an article about herself in 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 inspirati.
A Broom Of One S Own Is A Memoir OfBroom of One s Own is a memoir of Peacock s life as both an acclaimed novelist and as someone who cleans houses for a living Although the book is 10 years old it s uite timely in this age when it s hard for any writer to make a living from their writing So Peacock usts bookshelves that contain copies of her own books She Lots of Mommies deals with people s reactions to the fact that a published novelist is cleaning houses to support herself She muses on what she couldo instead that would support All hard working artists no matter how they make a living Peacock's book provides valuable insights and advice on motivation craft and criticism while offering hilarious anecdotes about the houses she clean. .
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Ugh ideas On the other hand she also writes about how ismissive people are of maids and how ifficult it is to find them in literature except as stereotypesA Broom of One s Own touches upon the issue of career versus identity how we Fantasy Man define ourselves and how others view us based on our profession In her life as a published author Peacock is picked up from the airport by limo and wined andined while another ay finds her waiting at the
checkpoint of a gated community to be uestioned by the guard before being allowed to enter with other members of theof a gated community to be uestioned by the guard before being allowed to enter with other members of the staff She "WRITES HUMOROUSLY ABOUT THE DIFFERENT HOUSES "humorously about the ifferent houses has cleaned and people she has cleaned for over the years and in the process the reader gains insight into her life and writing processPeacock s observations as a housekeeper are often hilarious While there are a few treasured clients who welcome her into their home and then stay out of her way while she cleans my favorite is the one who likes to point out new nature specimens in his yard while helping her carry in her supplies many of her clients are ownright ifficult There s the elderly woman who constantly asks her to move heavy objects just so she can see if the ficus tree looks better to the left of the Divine Magnetic Lands drapes the couple who allows their children torop 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 moved into a home built on the foundation of her own beloved house that burned Frog and the Treasure downA Broom of One s Own was one of the most enjoyable books I ve read in a long time While Nancy Peacock sual life in writing and housekeeping is unusual at the same time there is something universal about her struggle between The Butterfly Club desire and necessity art and the mundane In a special section at the end there is an interview 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 it appeared in 2014 This collection of essays is just what it says it is words on writing housecleaning and life Peacock s stories are uite interesting and she tells them is an engaging style that is also somewhat humorous Anytime I picked this book up I wanted to keep reading and see what she had to sayPeacockoesn t Lilith Enraptured (Divinity Warriors deny that housecleaning is hard work but sheoesn t feel sorry for herself and she His Substitute Bride (Seavers Brides, doesn tenigrate the people she cleans for unless they Tu Alma ¿La Conoces? deserve it She admits to not liking offices but sheoesn t veer into what I call the hipper than thou brag that is when people write in a faux self J.M. Coetzee deprecating tone that they can to a real job or work in an office which is really just code for I want to sound
cooler and interesting than those who oShe also talks about writing and offers encouragement and tips to thoseand interesting than those who oShe also talks about writing and offers encouragement and tips to those might want to pursue it A very interesting book about writing An encouragement to all hard working artists no matter how they make a living That s on the back of the book In the first heady The Club of Angels days when I joined Goodreads it was like when you first join Facebook you add everyone you can even hazily recall but then realize later that you aren t really interested in all their thoughts Iid that with books on the to read list so now I m trying to clear them outNancy Peacock is a published author with two novels in print However her writing was not enough to support her so she kept Blue Skies and Gunfire doing the job she found most tolerable cleaning houses This is a book of essays that are meditations on her writing process and her employment It couldn t reallyecide if it wanted to be a clever set of stories wi. 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 it means to be a writer An encouragement to.