5 Most Popular Posts: August 2015

  • September 2, 2015

We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. Having said that, here are August's winners.













  1. A review of The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War by William T. Vollmann. You appreciated Nathan Blanchard’s thoughtful critique of this 1,300-page brick, er, book that brilliantly chronicles a little-known conflict in American history.

  2. “Writing Tics.” This installment of Tara Laskowski’s blog, Long Story Short, runs down the many reasons you should avoid tropes and redundancies when writing fiction. (Spoiler alert: It’s because they make your stories weaker.)

  3. A review of Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne. This heart-wrenching memoir about love, loss, and mental illness may not be the feel-good book of the year, but readers sure felt good about Patricia Ann McNair’s assessment of it.

  4. “Much Ado about Nothing.” Columnist Larry de Maria took to his blog, the Write Stuff, to sound off on why, when it comes to Amazon, we’ve got it all wrong.

  5.  An Interview with Karim Dimechkie. Judging by the numbers, Joye Shepperd’s Q&A with the author of Lifted by the Great Nothing was really something.
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