Episode 142: #SixYearsOfWork

…in which Jess and KJ talk with award-winning biographer, Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, and find out what it takes to write an account of someone else’s life.

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This episode of #AmWriting sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash's 2-tier outline template (the one KJ swears by).


NY Times Well

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, Jess Lahey

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The Atlantic

Vermont Public Radio

Grown and Flown

KJ's How to Be a Happier Parent (even when I'm not)


The Boston Globe


Ruth Franklin

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, Ruth Franklin

A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, Ruth Franklin

The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller


Stanley Hyman

The New Republic


Commonwealth, Ann Patchett

The Patron Saint of Liars, Ann Patchett

Jane Smiley

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng

Scribe, Alyson Hagy

The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution, Brent Preston

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