Magdalena Ball runs The Compulsive Reader. She is the author of the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, the poetry books Repulsion Thrust and Quark Soup, a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment, and, in collaboration with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Deeper Into the Pond, Blooming Red, Cherished Pulse, She Wore Emerald Then, and Imagining the Future. She also runs a radio show, The Compulsive Reader Talks. Find out more about Magdalena at www.magdalenaball.com.
A flawed tale that is otherwise morally sound and uplifting.
A nice antidote to the sweetness of most children’s picture books.
A collection that could provide a good source of motivation for many writers.
So well written and insightful is this book, that verse now seems the most natural and obvious form for biography.
Buying (or selling) a house will never feel the same again.
A cookbook full of fast, fun, healthy recipes that your children will cheer you for making.
There’s a deftness and musical spring to Gillan’s style that belies the seriousness of his topics
A lovely and powerful reflection on grandparenting.
Nearly every line in this novel is taut and wrought with sensation.
High energy fun, exquisite musicianship, and the deep introspection we've come to expect from the Southern Bard.