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I believe one creative endeavor feeds another, and The Gallery is a creative space for poetry and prose, books I love, projects I’m working on. I am delighted you are here.



Edna Allen’s Descent

short story in Still, the Journal
Best of the Net Anthology 2020 nomination

Creative Nonfiction


Clinch Mountain Review



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My Very Faves

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Oral History
Cry, the Beloved Country
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
A Gentleman in Moscow
Water for Elephants
East of Eden
Gap Creek
The Dutch House
On Agate Hill
Cannery Row
The Snow Child
The Essex Serpent
The Invention of Wings
Cold Mountain
The Year of Magical Thinking
Rules of Civility
A Prayer for Owen Meany

Cathy's favorite books »

Audio Greatest Hits 

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Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir

Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed

Call Your Daughter Home, Deb Spera

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Jeffery McGuire

Varina, Charles Frazier

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

The Starless Sea, Erin Morganstern

This is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel

On Agate Hill, Lee Smith

Becoming, Michelle Obama

Educated, Tara Westover

City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her therapist, and our Lives Revealed*, Lori Gottlieb

Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You, Jen Hatmaker

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin

 Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life, Jen Hatmaker

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott 

Reads of 2021


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* denotes I read it on audio

The Paper Palace*, Miranda Cowley Heller

The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles

The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek, Kim Michele Richardson

Malibu Rising*, Taylor Jenkins Reid

After Me Comes the Flood, Sarah Perry

Project Hail Mary*, Andy Weir

84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff

Who is Maude Dixon?*, Alexandra Andrews

Then She Was Gone*, Lisa Jewell

In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on Serena, Ron Rash

Greenlights, Matthew McConnaughey (DNF)

The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave

Whiskey When We’re Dry*, John Larison

Olympus, Texas*, Stacey Swann (DNF)

The People We Meet on Vacation*, Emily Henry (DNF)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo*, Taylor Jenkins Reid (DNF)

The Midnight Library*, Matt Haig

The Thursday Murder Club*, Richard Osman

Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell

Leave the World Behind*, Rumaan Alam

The Searchers*, Tana French

Writers & Lovers*, Lily King

The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V. E. Schwab

The Searcher*, Tana French

Evidence of the Affair*, Taylor Jenkins Reid


Dare to Lead, Brene Brown

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

Breath*, James Nester

Soundtracks*, Jon Acuff

Dusk, Night, Dawn, Anne LaMott

Where I Come From: Stories from the American South*, Rick Bragg

How Stella Learned to Talk, Christina Hunger

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics*, Carlo Rovelli

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain*, George Saunders

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, Katherine May

The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo (ongoing)


Roots Branches & Spirits: the Folkways & Witchery of Appalachia, H. Byron Ballard


 Wild Words, Nicole Gulotta

The Writing Life*, Annie Dillard

 Structuring Your Novel: Hands-on Help for Building Strong and Successful Stories *, K.M. Weiland



Reads of 2020



* denotes I read it on audio

The Book of Longings, Sue Monk Kidd

The Glass Hotel*, Emily St. John Mandel

The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden

The Guest List*, Lucy Foley

The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo

Mexican Gothic*, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Redhead by the Side of the Road, Anne Tyler

The Dutch House, Ann Patchett

Giver of Stars, Jojo Moyes

Such a Fun Age*, Kiley Reid

Blood*, Allison Moorer

Olive, Again, Elizabeth Strout

Beach Read*, Emily Henry

Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano

Call Your Daughter Home*, Deb Spera

What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty 

Dark Matter, Blake Crouch

Big Summer, Jennifer Weiner

Camino Winds, John Grisham

Sea Wife, Amity Gaige


The Lazy Genius Way*, Kendra Adachi

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brow

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee*, Casey Cep

You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters*, Kate Murphy

Fierce, Free and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You*, Jen Hatmaker

Food Rules, Michael Pollan


Even as We Breathe, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Blue Marlin, Lee Smith

Wanting Radiance, Karen Salyer McElmurray

New Selected Poems, Wendell Berry

The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed, Lee Smith

Clay’s Quilt, Silas House


Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More, Katrina Rodabaugh

The Embroidery Book: Visual Resource of Color & Design, Christen Brown


Wild Words, Nicole Gulotta

Draft No. 4, John McPhee on the Writing Process

Before and After the Book Deal, Courtney Maum

Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction, Debra Dixon

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Coming up

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Hour of the Witch: A Novel, Chris Bohjalian

Painting Time, Maylis de Kerangal

Migrations: A Novel, Charlotte McConaghy

Better Luck Next Time, Julia Claiborne Johnson

The Cold Millions, Jess Walter

Dusk, Night, Dawn, Anne Lamott

Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry

Simon the Fiddler, Paulette Jiles

The Daughters of Erietown, Connie Schultz

Miss Jane, Brad Watson

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Dearly Beloved, Cara Wall

F*CKFACE and Other Stories, Leah Hampton

One Writer’s Beginnings, Eudora Welty

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt, Anonymous

Florida, Lauren Goff

Galaxie Wagon, Poems, Darnell Arnoult

Waking Up White, Debby Irving

Brushstrokes: Acrylic: Effortless Painting with Minimal Tools and Materials, Angela Marie Moulton

Florence Adler Swims Forever, Rachel Beanland


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