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Susan Cummins Miller Author- FRACTURE

FRACTURE

by Susan Cummins Miller

Susan Cummins Miller’s fifth novel, FRACTURE, was just released from Texas Tech University Press. In it, geosleuth Frankie MacFarlane and Philo Dain track a stolen coin collection-and a murderer- from the sunbaked Tucson Basin to the fault-scarred hills of San Francisco Peninsula. A longer synopsis and local signing announcements are posted on Susan’s website: http://web.mac.com/scmiller46

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter The Society of Southwestern Authors Vo. 40. No. 2 April-May 2011

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Barbara McNichol- Dr. Mardy Grothe’s NEVERISMS: A QUOTATION LOVER’S GUIDE TO THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO, NEVER SAY, OR NEVER FORGET

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May, 2011

NEVERISMS: A QUOTATION LOVER’S GUIDE TO THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO, NEVER SAY, OR NEVER FORGET

by. Dr. Mardy Grothe

If your favorite high school teacher advised you to “never be
satisfied with less than your best,” what would you do?

Dr. Mardy Grothe took this advice literally and, over the decades,
compiled 2,000 quotations that begin with the never. From there, he
coined the phrase Neverism and wrote a book for word lovers like you
and me.

Borrowing neverisms from writers ranging from Aesop to Erma Bombeck,
Dr. Mardy’s new book NEVERISMS: A QUOTATION LOVER’S GUIDE TO THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO, NEVER SAY OR NEVER FORGET (HarperCollins) releases
May 10.

Dr. Mardy kindly shared a preview edition with me. His neverisms have
entertained me at bedtime for weeks.

Organized into 18 chapters on such topics as sex, politics, sports,
stage and screen, and the literary life, this book tickles my funny
bone every time I open it. As he’s done in previous books (e.g.,
Ifferisms, Oxymoronica, I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like), Mardy reveals
the “back stories” on many of the quotations he has so lovingly
researched. It’s challenging to select my favorites because he offers
such a Neverland of language and history.

I’m a big fan of Dr. Mardy and his ezine, Quotes of the Week (sign up
at http://www.drmardy.com) so let this one from the Advice chapter—along with
the good doctor’s commentary on the quotation—suffice for now.

Never hurry and never worry!
E.B. WHITE, Charlotte’s Web (1952)

This is one of the best-known pieces of advice that Charlotte gave to
her friend Wilbur, a small pig who feared he was going to becom e the
main dish for Christmas dinner.

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