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by Constance Cormier,Robert Cormier

eBook I have Words to Spend:  Reflections of a Small-Town Editor download ISBN: 0385302894
Author: Constance Cormier,Robert Cormier
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (April 1, 1991)
Language: English
Pages: 209
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Category: Children's Books

I Have Words to Spend. I liked the man's style of writing so I tried another of his works

I Have Words to Spend. Robert Cormier is a lumnist from Leominster, Massachusetts. I liked the man's style of writing so I tried another of his works.

I have words to spend, and I do not always spend them wisely. Cormier writes-a surprising confession from a novelist hailed as a master craftsman and noted for his spare and controlled prose. It is also the confession of a writer unafraid to submit to the rigors of writing under deadline and of an observer who sees with his heart as well as with his eyes. I Have Words to Spend is a splendid collection of pieces about the small-town visions and values that have particular poignancy in a time of turmoil. This is a volume to treasure and to return to over and over again.

I Have Words to Spend book. Cormier writes-a surprising confession from a novelist hailed as a master craftsman and noted for his spare and controlled prose

I Have Words to Spend book.

Some parents found Robert Cormier s unsparing, sometimes brutal young adult novels too shocking, but his .

Some parents found Robert Cormier s unsparing, sometimes brutal young adult novels too shocking, but his critics and readers alike loved them for their honesty, their integrity, and their refusal to sugar-coat or evade real issues for a young audience. Cormier was one of the first writers for young. I am very interested in Robert Cormier and have read most of his books, but Words to Spend showed a side of him that I never knew.

Cormier explores those things that interest and excite him-from current events to the movies-as well as things that touch his heart . I Have Words to Spend is a splendid collection of pieces about the small-town visions and values that have particular poignancy in a time of turmoil

Cormier explores those things that interest and excite him-from current events to the movies-as well as things that touch his heart-a daughter's wedding, the shape of his mother's hands. I have words to spend, and I do not always spend them wisely.

Book Format: Choose an option. Cormier is a gifted story teller. Some of his stories capture my attention, because he was an older dad with a daughter.

by Constance Cormier, Robert Cormier

by Constance Cormier, Robert Cormier. ISBN 9780385302890 (978-0-385-30289-0) Hardcover, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1991. Founded in 1997, BookFinder. Coauthors & Alternates. Learn More at LibraryThing. Constance Cormier at LibraryThing.

Cormier left two unpublished novels, The Rumple Country and In the Midst of Winter, upon his death in 2000. Robert Cormier’s many journalistic awards include the Human Interest Story of the Year Award from the Associated Press in New England (1959, 1973). His young adult books in particular have earned many accolades, including The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year Award for The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, and After the First Death.

I have words to spend and sometimes spend them foolishl. quandering verbs and nouns, sending .

I wish I had said the words myself. The problem is that, in spite of the claims, writers like the one who penned those introductory phrases seem to keep their words in a very efficient bank.

1991) A non fiction book by Robert Cormier. A collection of 85 short stories by award-winning author Robert Cormier originally written as newspaper columns when he was a journalist. Excellent oral reading topics for classes. January 1994 : USA Paperback.

Presents the author's reflections on small-town America, current affairs, and insights and anecdotes from his personal life
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I Have Words to Spend

By Robert Cormier

Book Review

By Richard E. Noble

Robert Cormier is a writer/journalist/columnist from Leominster, Massachusetts. Mr. Cormier who has authored an array of children's Novels which include "I Am the Cheese"; "We All Fall Down" and "Chocolate Wars" also wrote "Now and at the Hour" a rather serious adult novel which I reviewed recently. I liked the man's style of writing so I tried another of his works.

I Have Words to Spend - reflections of a small town editor caught my eye for a number of reasons. It was listed as his only non-fiction. It was an accumulation of newspaper columns. And it was from the "Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise." These things attracted me because I too have worked for a small town newspaper. I also write books. I have been a columnist. And Fitchburg, MA is not far from the area where I was raised in Lawrence, MA.

Mr. Cormier also fit my penchant for reading writers who are no longer living. Reading too many modern "live" writers can be detrimental and lead to a disappearance of one's own style and natural writing inclinations. I don't want to give that happenstance any quarter.

Since Mr. Cormier was rather well known at the time, he wrote the column under a pseudonym. He wanted to speak freely and not gain the ire of the community or embarrass anybody. The book was edited by his wife.

It is a very, very nice book. It can very well be called reflections. The columns are simple and down to earth. Mr. Cormier is clearly a small town guy with no grandiose expectations from life. The stories are sensitive, warm, thoughtful and often subtly humorous. The reader will find himself smiling coyly or wearing a little smirk very often. Belly laughs were few but there were some. His story about speeding through the local car wash got to me pretty good.

There are numerous stories about his family and children, especially his youngest daughter.

I also was intrigued by the title. It still has me thinking. What did he mean by having words to spend?

I think it had something to do with his anonymity and maybe for the first time he was not restricted by his subject matter.

The column was considered "human interest" and he could write on whatever he pleased. So now instead of buying and selling his words as he felt he must with his books and novels, he was free to spend his words as he chose.

I feel that it is easy to get trapped as a writer and begin conforming to what the writer thinks my be the expectations of his audience. I think this happens to all artists and most don't like it.

So this may have been a reach or stretch for Mr. Cormier. As far as I am concerned he did just fine.

His page presentation was also interesting. There were one line "paragraphs" everywhere. This gave the impression of a very non-wordy type individual. It was very unusual and clearly a good technique. I liked it. Short, staccato sentences with not many excess words. The point is made ... period.

Richard Noble - The Hobo Philosopher:
"Just Hangin' Out, Ma" Anecdotes - Lawrence, Mass
porosh
This is a book out of the ordinary for Cormier, but up to par to say the least. He takes a break from writing wonderful young-adult fiction and compiles his writing from his columns in newspapers around the country. These short stories range from his memories as a child to his memories of becoming a parent and grandparent. He relates the feelings that all of us feel in the words that most of us wish we could say. This book will touch your heart and soul.
ARE
This book was a gift but it came on time and in the quality it was advertised to be in. I can't speak much on the content of the book itself, since I haven't read it, but I can speak highly of the seller.
Kupidon
Opening this book is like opening a window into the life of author Robert Cormier. We find out about his childhood memories, favorite movies, family interactions, and travels. We see Cormier the journalist, who wrote every one of the columns in this book on deadline while juggling the responsibilities of also being a newspaper editor. The columns made me laugh at one turn and cry at the next. He has a way of finding something extraordinary in the everyday details of life. This is a perfect book to keep by your bed to savor over time. I find myself returning to it over and over again. The introductory comments by Cormier's wife are refreshing and give a glimpse of the wonderful relationship they seem to share. Fans of Cormier's work ought to enjoy this book as much as those who are not familiar with his other work. I'd highly recommend that everyone treat themselves to "I Have Words to Spend".