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Book Club: 2nd Steep - Three Cups of Tea

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I just read the story you were referring to about Mortenson. I printed out the article too. As a former investigative reporter/journalist, I get a kick out of reading stories like this. I’m more excited to read this than Hunger Games (which is the book I am currently reading)!

@twing – you touch on something that always strikes a chord with me. (Don’t worry, it’s not political.) There are plenty of cases out there like Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair, journalists who opted for fiction instead of journalism. (Or perhaps they were influenced by yellow journalism.) Plus articles can be construed as propaganda, etc. I fought – often against my editor – to be honest and fair. The only time I would “correct” a quote is if someone used poor grammar and it would showcase them in a bad light. This was rare, but it did happen. “It don’t work like that,” would be “it doesn’t work like that.”

I got frustrated at my newspaper when a new hotshot editor took over and had the philosophy that making up a scandal – or overemphasizing a point here and there – was journalism. I reported on a small town, so people would tell me in the grocery store if there was a problem in the paper.

My point is that even though I am a creative writer and a journalist, I always managed to keep the two separate. I’d win awards for creative writing pieces and still write my mundane small town news. This should be a basic philosophy of ALL writers. (I wrote about this for a journalism magazine and had my letter published. You can find it if you google me: Carolynne Fitzpatrick [my maiden name]).

I’ll be following this case to see how it ends up. But it’s my experience that an 89-page investigative report may be pretty accurate.

Uniquity said

Avoiding mortenson altogether…Though I am extremely interested to see how it goes. Something called Byliner (I think?) seems to have a free e-copy of the book written by the/a journalist about the whole thing until tomorrow. I’ve got to look into that still.

Anyway, The hunger games is great!!

teawing said

Carolynne,

You make the perfect point, there is a place for creative writing and a place for journalism, a place for fiction and a place for history, keeping them separate is the important part. Not that I don’t enjoy historical fiction, but please don’t try to pass it off as completely true.

I am going to look up your publication!

KiTT & Uniquity – I LOVE the Hunger Games! It’s such a novel approach to YA lit. My students love it, too.

twing – Funny, we just started a historical fiction unit yesterday. I’ll have to quote you. :) They can’t get the idea of fiction being tied to real history.

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teawing said

That is funny, perfect timing! Glad to be relevant today!

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teawing said

I have been needing an excuse to try one of the Tea Shop Mysteries…maybe even one formatted for Kindle so I can read on my phone. :)

I would also be interested in one of the Tea Shop Mystery books. Sounds fun. (And light compared to the last one.) :)

teawing said

KiTT, pick us one and let’s get started, looks like a trio for starters.

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I’ve read a bunch of them already – all are decent and fun. How about just starting with the first one, Death by Darjeeling?

teawing said

Fine by me…

Yes, I’ll go ahead and order it. :)

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teawing said

It’s on!

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Should we start a new thread?

Also, I believe the book has a recipe at the end. Perhaps we can try to make the dish and sample, as a reward for finishing the book? Just a thought. :)

Yes. Let’s start a new thread. And I’d love to make the dish, too!

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teawing said

I have already read the first chapter!
It is good and right up my alley…

See ya on the new thread!

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teawing said

And, the reward at the end sounds perfect.

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Uniquity said

I’ve ordered it from the library, but there is someone ahead of me, so I might catch up at the tail end.

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