Author Archives: Donna Strobridge Ianni

About Donna Strobridge Ianni

RPCV Philippines '67-'69

Great Books and a Quote

How to Cook a Crocodile: A memoir with recipes.  Bonnie Lee Black.  Peace Corps Writers, 2010. Bonnie has produced a well written and very interesting Peace Corps memoir of her time in Gabon.  As she was writing from an adult … Continue reading

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More Reading than Writing: A long cold winter.

Sorry about my long winter absence.  I suspended all writing while going through several health issues.  Reading has been continuing throughout this time and I have enjoyed many fine reads.  I have also succeeded in getting my name on a … Continue reading

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Book Review

Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji by Will Lutwick.  A Peace Corps Writers Book, 2012. Will’s memoir is insightful, funny and romantic.  It is a well written memoir of his Peace … Continue reading

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Book Summary and Thoughts

Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol.  1995 Crown Publishers, Inc. This is not a book review. This is an older title and unrelated to the “Writing Peace Corps Memoir” topic.  I … Continue reading

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Writing Questions and Some Answers

This writing stuff is difficult.  I think I said this before.  Writing Alchemy (book review below) has helped by giving me a method for a more productive revision/rewrite.  I found this method to be far more in-depth than the A.R.R.R. … Continue reading

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Book Review

Writing Alchemy:  How to Write Fast and Deep, Memoir Edition, by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett,  Knowledge Access Pubishing, 2012. When I first started writing the first thing I did was search the internet for sites about memoir writing.  The … Continue reading

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Book Review

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton, Random House 2011. How about a foodie memoir?  Blood, Bones & Butter is a great example of food writing.  I found it to be in the … Continue reading

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