Read This Now, Thank Me Later – The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life By Richard Russo

I approach this recommendation with a sense of urgency because the title – well, it’s, at best, misleading and, at worst, off-putting.  The “Essays on Writing, Writers and Life” part suggests that these nine essays are technical prescriptions for writing.  And, as Jay Fielden points out in his New York Times review, “The Destiny Thief sounds more like a straight-to-streaming bomb starring Nicolas Cage than a book of ‘Essays on Writing, Writers and Life.”

But please, get past that title, and you will be rewarded with entertaining, insightful, and informative reading.  If my personal suggestion isn’t sufficient (and it shouldn’t be), check out Jay Fielden’s outstanding review, What Do Mark Twain, Carpentry and Commodes Have in Common? (New York Times: June 13, 2018), which led me to the delight that is The Destiny Thief. (By the way – Thanks, Mark)

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