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Her journal reads as smoothly as a letter written to a dear friend; a treasure trove of quotes from favorite authors and suggested readings on relevant subjects enhance each page. More than the rudimentary musings of a popular author who has grown with the times, this multi-faceted journal serves as a valuable overview to the way we were. (Publishers Weekly 2010-12-06)

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SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT is the author of popular mysteries, including the acclaimed China Bayles series; books for young adults; and books for women on life-writing and work. A graduate of the University of Illinois (Urbana) and the University of California at Berkeley, she is a former university English professor and administrator. In 1997, she founded the Story Circle Network, a nonprofit organization for women who want to write about their lives.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Another excellent memoir from Susan Wittig Albert Dec 28 2010
By D. Greer - Published on
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In An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days, Susan Wittig Albert gives us the election year in day-by-day journal format. It's an intriguing look at her everyday life, juxtaposed against the most extraordinary election year of our lives. Albert analyzes it all with her razor-sharp insights and her usual tight and graceful writing. Reading the book is a bit like snooping in the best diary you ever laid your hands on, and gives plenty of fodder for deep thought and perhaps more research... and maybe some journaling of your own. A must-read for anyone interested in politics and memoir.
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An amazing glimpse into a writer's process and observations of the world around her March 19 2012
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I have long been a fan of Susan Wittig Albert's books, having gotten hooked almost 20 years ago with the China Bayles mystery series and then the Beatrix Potter series. And now An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days. This book is a rare glimpse into a writer's process and shows us clearly the journey that this author undertakes with each project. It's astounding to see how many books Susan Wittig Albert is working on at the same time.

I especially enjoyed reading Susan's observations of the natural world around her, from the birds that come to visit to the flowers that bloom at Meadow Knoll her 30+ acre home. Her sharp eyes miss no detail in the unfolding seasons and I became transported to her Texas homeland to enjoy this beautiful walk through the flora and fauna of her home.

Susan Wittig Albert's observation skills extend also to the unfolding political events of the extraordinary events that were the 2008 election cycle and the crisis that we face because of our refusal to deal with an energy policy in this country.

Once you start reading it's hard to stop. I found myself immersed in this journal, and did not want to put it down. But I also wanted to savor every moment. This is the best kind of writing! The kind of writing that grabs your attention on the first page and makes you feel sorry that you've reached the end.