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Stories by Sonia Eliot

The Four Agreements

What are you reading? “It’s a book called The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz. At first, I didn’t really get it. The introduction is sort of crazy — ...

Breaking Dawn

What are you reading? “Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer.” What’s it about? “It’s a romance novel about a young woman, Bella, and a vampire, Edward. It’s part of the Twilight series. This one is different ...

Guitar: Music History Players

What are you reading? “Guitar: Music History Players by Richard Chapman. It’s a history of guitar players and of the guitar itself. It goes through every type of musical genre you might hear a guitar ...

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

What are you reading? “Right now, I’m reading Prehospital Emergency Care. It’s the textbook I need to study to become an EMT. It’s actually interesting. Responding to people in need is something I get off ...

The Writing Class

What have you written? “One collection of short stories: Jenny and the Jaws of Life, published by Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, in 1987; reissued in paper in 2002 with a foreword by David ...

Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

What book are you currently reading? What page are you on? “Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers. I’m on page 32.” What do you make of it? “It’s not purely mathematical writing, but ...

The Lion's Drum

What have you written? “‘The Lion's Drum - A Retelling of an African Folktale.’ It’s the retelling of an African folktale. It’s available at talesalive.com, and some major bookstores.” Tell me about it. “A young ...

Practicing the Presence

What book are you reading? “Practicing the Presence: The Inspirational Guide to Regaining Meaning and a Sense of Purpose in Your Life by Joel S. Goldsmith.” Tell me about it. “This is a book by ...

The Attack

What book are you currently reading? “I’m reading a lot of books. I generally read about three or four a week. One is called The Attack by Yasmina Khadra. It’s about a doctor, a Muslim ...

The Good Samaritan

What are you writing? “The book I’m currently writing is called The Good Samaritan.” Tell me about it. “His name is Sam Mollusk, and he’s a data entry/data processor-type of guy. Deliberately, he sees the ...

Presumption of Death

What book are you currently reading? “Presumption of Death, by Perri O’Shaughnessy.” Tell me about the book. “It is a legal thriller. It is about an arson in Carmel Valley. Two boys went into the ...

Odd Thomas

What book are you reading? “I just finished Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz.” Tell me about it. “It’s about this guy who has kind of a supernatural gift. He can see spirits, and he’s trying ...

Loving Frank

What are you currently reading? “The most recent book I read was Loving Frank — it’s a novel by Nancy Horan.” Tell me about it. “It’s basically a novel about the events in the life ...

Counterclockwise

What’s the name of your book? “Counterclockwise.” Tell me about it. “It’s a combination of alternate history and science fiction because there’s some time travel in it. The alternate history comes in because it’s a ...

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

What are you currently reading? “I’m reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto, by Chuck Klosterman.” Tell me about it. “It’s not really based on anything — it’s, like, pop culture compared ...

Writing Ottonius

What are you writing? “I’m writing a fantasy/horror/conspiracy novel that takes place during the Fourth and Fifth Crusades: Ottonius, which is a very, very old German name. It’s the name of a semi-immortal being who ...

Eat, Pray, Love

What are you reading? “Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert.” Tell me about it. “It’s about Gilbert’s journey. At the beginning of the book, she is in a really hard marriage. Her husband really wants ...

Waterman's Eye

What’s the title of your book? “Waterman's Eye. The term ‘waterman’ is from the ‘20s and ‘30s. It was applied to gentlemen who ran the gamut in terms of their involvement with the ocean — ...

Life of Pi

What book are you currently reading? What page are you on? “WATERMAN'S EYE Emil Sigler-Surfing San Diego to San Onofre 1928-1940 by Yann Martel. I just finished it.” Tell me about the book. “It is ...

Keeping Faith

What are you reading? “Keeping Faith: A Novel (P.S.), by Jodi Picoult.” Tell me about it. “It’s about a lady who is getting a divorce, and she’s trying to keep her daughter. The daughter has ...

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