"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 Writing Room

I’m a writer who loves to talk about writing, so if you’re a writer or an aspiring writer I hope you'll stop by now and then and keep me company . . . You’ll find writing tips here as well as my thoughts on the writing life. Watch out, though. The Grammar Geek will be putting in her two cents from time to time.

I’m a Studs Terkel Wannabe — He Captured American Voices

Studs Terkel, photo by Nina Subin

Studs Terkel. Photo by Nina Subin

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I’m a big fan of Studs Terkel. I love his books Working, The Good War and Hard Times. I admire the way Terkel captured voices, the individual, distinctive voices of Americans at work, at war, and in the throes of the Great

Studs let people talk and tell their stories. Every voice was different. The way Studs did it, it felt like you were sitting in a room with that World War II sailor or that guy who lost his business in the Great Depression.

Imitating Studs Terkel

It was with Studs in mind that, [Read more…]


A Great Good Place for Books — A Great Good Place for a Book Party

Author event at A Great Good Place for Books for Barbara Falconer Newhall's "Wrestlng with God" book, May 13, 2015. Jon Newhall foto

I read from “Wrestling with God” and signed books at  A Great Good Place for Books bookstore in the Montclair district of Oakland.  We filled the place up.  Photo by Jon Newhall 

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Friends and acquaintances from all parts of my life joined a capacity crowd last night at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland to hear me read from “Wrestling with God”– my editor from my Oakland Tribune days, a buddy from my Zumba class, folks  [Read more…]


A Newspaper Story With My Name on It — That I Didn’t Have to Write

Bay Area News Group runs a newspaper story on May 10, 2015. It's an interview with Barbara Falconer Newhall by Georgia Howe. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Georgia Rowe’s interview ran in yesterday’s Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune and other Bay Area Newspapers. Laura A. Oda came to my writing room to take photos.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was a very pleasant 45 minutes; for once I was the interviewee and someone else, a newspaper reporter, was doing the hard work of being the interviewer.

Freelance writer George Rowe and I met for the interview at the Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera. She had been assigned by the Bay Area News Group to [Read more…]


Two More Big Bookstore Events for “Wrestling with God” — Join the Celebration

book events Barbara Falconer Newhall's book "Wrestling with God" is on display on a counter in A Great Good Place for Books bookstore in Oakland California. Photo by Barbara Newha

“Wrestling with God” on display at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, California — just to the left of Cheryl Strayed’s book “Tiny Beautiful Things.” Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Come join the fun at two upcoming book events. I’ll be speaking, reading from Wrestling with God, taking questions and signing books at two wonderful San Francisco Bay Area independent bookstores during May. And, yes, refreshments [Read more…]


“Listen to Your Mother” — Moms Across the Country Get the Mic for Mother’s Day

Nancy Davis Kho read from her story published in "Listen to Your Mother" (Putnam)  book reading at A Great Good Place for Books bookstore in Oakland, CA, April 24, 2015. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Nancy Davis Kho read “In Praise of Other Mothers” at  A Great Good Place for Books.  Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was a fun night at A Great Good Place for Books in the Montclair district of Oakland. Some very funny ladies gathered to celebrate the publication of Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, an Erma Bombeck style collection [Read more…]