"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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My Ancestral Ghosts — Are They Haunting This Halloween House in Minnesota?

Could my ancestral ghosts be haunting this Halloween house in Red Wing, Minnesota. This duplex, built in 1920, probably replaced the house she lived in. Photos by Barbara Newhall

Could my ancestral ghosts be haunting this Halloween house? My three-times great-grandmother lived at this address on Third Street in Red Wing, Minnesota, more than 100 years ago. This duplex, built in 1920, seems to have replaced the house she lived in. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The maple, ash and elm trees were turning gloriously gold and carnelian in Red Wing, Minnesota, earlier this month. Front porches up and down neighborhood streets sported witches, spiders, ghosts, and fat, round jack o’ lantern faces trying hard to be scary.

As for me, I was hunting phantoms of my own. I was looking for my ancestral ghosts, one George J. Richards and his mysteriously named Dutch [Read more…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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