A Broom Of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life

Paperback | March 25, 2008

byNancy Peacock

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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 Books: 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 Year, explores with warmth, wit, and candor what it means to be a writer. 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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For the twice-published novelist, reading an article about herself in the National Enquirer—under the headline "Here's One for the Books: 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 th...

Nancy Peacock is the author of two novels,Life Without WaterandHome Across the Road. She has worked as a housecleaner, bartender, carpenter, locksmith, costumer, baker, waitress, assistant drum maker, and newspaper deliverer. Now a writing teacher, she lives with her husband in Chatham County, North Carolina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.47 inPublished:March 25, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061357871

ISBN - 13:9780061357879

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wise and wonderful. This book is funny, wise and superbly written. Peacock is a novelist who earns her living by cleaning houses, and her account of this life has worlds to say about the writing life and how to cultivate it, and also about the rich, often overlooked fabric of life, with the great themes that are underfoot. About these themes she is sometimes acerbic, but always deeply kind. Aspiring writers will find the book enormously refreshing.
Date published: 2008-06-27