A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning & Life

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For the twice-published novelist, reading an article about herself in the National Enquirer —under the headline " Here 's One for the Hardcove: Cleaning Lady Is an Acclaimed Author " —was more than a shock. It was an inspiration.

In A Broom of One 's Own, Nancy Peacock, whose first novel was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Month, explores with warmth, wit, and candor what it means to be a riter. An encouragement to 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 cleans.
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Published March 25th 2008 by Harper Perennial
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A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life
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208

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Remembe you Nancy so much for writing this and not being bullied into submission by bad advice ( no one wants to know you are a housecleaner who did n't go to college).

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It could n't really decide if it 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.

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Nancy Peacock hits so many nails on the head that seem to directly apply to my own life.In this book she recounts her experiences as a published uthor, who still cleans houses for a day job.

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Quite a number and variety of living and work spaces were, over a fifteen-year stretch, straightened, scrubbed, polished, vacuumed, mopped -- you know the list -- by Nancy the housecleaner.

The world of the housecleaner is beneath her, but she can reach down and grab it; the world of the successful writer feels beyond her reach.I told myself that I should read A BROOM OF ONE 'S OWN because of Peacock 's avoidance of her calling; her dependence on a safety net that, for a shor time, kept her from claiming her place in line with the acrobats and aspiring acrobats; her eventual commitment to reaching out and up instead of down -- into somebody 's clogged drain.

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Nancy Peacock knows a lot about people and writing.

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I just loved everything about this.A Broom of One 's Own is a diar of Nancy Peacock 's life as both an acclaimed novelist and as someone who cleans houses for a living.

Although the essa is 10 years old, it 's quite timely in this age when it 's harder for any riter to make a living from their writing.

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