"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The Bride Said Yes to the Dress . . . The Mother-of-the-Bride Diaries Begin

A young bride celebrates choosing a wedding dress with a "I said yes to the dress" sign.. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Christina celebrated picking out her wedding dress with the salon’s “I said yes to the dress” sign. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The woman said yes to The Dress. To the dress she’ll be wearing on her wedding day.

And with that, her mother — that would be me — opened yet another credit card account and [Read more…]


The Shame of Aging: The Big Seven-Five Has Finally Arrived

Experiencing the shame of aging, a writer has tossed old filed in a wastebasket. the Big Seven-Five. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The shame of aging: Tossing stuff out as The Big Seven-Five approached. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s here. It arrived this week — my birthday, The Big Seven-Five. I am now officially old. And I look it. There’s no avoiding it any more. Ever since my aging eyeballs got their sparkling new, man-made plastic lenses, I’ve been seeing my true self in the mirror. Every last wrinkle, sun spot and neck wobble.

You might wonder, what kind of mental and spiritual preparation [Read more…]


Revisiting My First Blog Post Ever — How the Selective Service Made a Man of My Son

Cover of 1998 US Selective Service draft registration pamphlet.

The Selective Service notice — I left it at the post office.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Note to readers. Seven years ago this month, in 2009, I posted my first blog post, and BarbaraFalconerNewhall.com was born. I hope you have enjoyed visiting this website as much as I have enjoyed sharing my adventures and posting my photos. Here’s that first post: 

A colorful pamphlet, was standing at crisp attention in its rack in the post office lobby. “MEN 18-25 YEARS,” it read. “You can handle this. REGISTER. It’s quick. It’s [Read more…]


My Upper Lip and Other Sorrows

Lucille Ball and her red lipstick

Lucille Ball with her famously red hair and overdrawn lips.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I feel bad about my lip. My upper lip.

Nora Ephron felt bad about her neck, a body part she made famous back in 2006 with her book I Feel Bad About My Neck. [Read more…]


Mad Men Exposes the ’60s Girdle — But Will She Get It Off in Time?

two women wearing 1960s Spirella Sarong girdle with sign "happiness is a flat tummy."

The Spirella Sarong, a vintage 1960s panty girdle. Corsetiere.net

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I loved the hotel room strip tease performed by a stewardess on the 2009 Mad Men season premiere. The fitted suit. The cloche hat. The pumps. So 1963. For those of you who missed the show: A blond stewardess drops her mid-century modest garments to the floor, one by one, until there is nothing left between her, the show’s hero, and their one-night stand — except a girdle — when, [Read more…]


Rain Taxi Review Puts on a Lively Book Fest

Twin Cities. Minneapolis skyline in October from Highway 35w heading north. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Minneapolis was the scene of last weekend’s Twin Cities Book Festival put on by Rain Taxi Review of Books. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Twin Cities Book Festival, sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books, was a blast. Lots of fun authors, including a California novelist who frequents one of my favorite San Francisco Bay Area coffee shops — Nellie’s in  [Read more…]


Meet Me in Minneapolis — At the Twin Cities Book Festival

A man with a backpack looks for books at the Bay Area Book Festival. Unllke the Twin Cities Book Festival, the BA festival was held outdoors. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A browser at the Bay Area Book Festival in June. The Twin Cities Book Festival is coming up on Saturday at the Minneapolis State Fair. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Meet me in Minneapolis this Saturday. I’ll be at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds participating in the Twin Cities Book Festival. You’ll find me at an author’s table in the Progress Center giving away free copies of “Wrestling with God” to [Read more…]


Should Authors Read Reviews of Their Books? I Did

Should authors read reviews of their books? I did. Wrestling with God book on sale at Great Good Place for Books bookstore in Oakland, CA. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Should authors read reviews of their books? Some say, no way. Here, “Wrestling with God” is on sale at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, California. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Many a writer insists that no good can come of it when authors read reviews of their books. Some writers don’t want to risk getting their feelings hurt. Others take the high road and insist that they write for themselves, not for the critics, and maybe not even for their readers.

What’s more, whenever authors read reviews of their books — they often make a point of never, ever commenting publicly on a review.

Bad idea or not, I read my reviews, and now I’m going to risk [Read more…]


Book Contests — My Big Starter List for Authors

Book Contests. IPPY winner Veda Stamps ("Flexible Wings," IMO Books), barbara Newhall ("Wrestling with God"), Laura A. Ackley ("San Francisco's Jewel City," Heyday), Aleta George ("Ina CoolBrith," Shifting Plates Press) at IPPY awards 2016. Photo by Jon Newhall

Book Contests. California IPPY winners met at a ceremony in Chicago: Veda Stamps (“Flexible Wings”), Barbara Falconer Newhall (“Wrestling with God”), Laura A. Ackley (“San Francisco’s Jewel City”), Aleta George (“Ina Coolbrith”). Photo by Jon Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Want to win some book contests? If you’re famous and your book is hitting the best-seller lists and it has the support of one of the Big Five publishers, you probably don’t have to lift a finger. But if you are among the legions of self-published authors and authors published by small, independent presses — you’ll need a list of book contests so you can get cracking. Contest deadlines for books published in 2016  [Read more…]