A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning & Life

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A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning
    A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning Peacock, whose first novel was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year, explores with warmth, wit, and candor what it means to be a writer An encouragement to all hard working artists, no matter how they make a living, Peacock s book provides valuable insights and advice on motivation, craft, and criticism while offering hilarious anecdotes about the houses she cleans."/>
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning & Life
  • Nancy Peacock
  • English
  • 22 April 2019
  • 0061357871

10 thoughts on “A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning & Life

  1. Julie Ehlers says:

    I m not going to lie, I have stacks of books in pretty much all of my closets come at me, Marie Kondo , and I was looking for something else last week when I found my copy of A Broom of One s Own and inexplicably got a strong feeling that it should be my next book Clearly my hunch was right, because I flew through this in a day a day, I feel compelled to add, that included 7 hours of sleep and an 8 hour workday I just loved everything about this A Broom of One s Own is a memoir of Nancy Peac I m not going to lie, I have stacks of books in pretty much all of my closets come at me, Marie Kondo , and I was looking for something else last week when I found my copy of A Broom of One s Own and inexplicably got a strong feeling that it should be my next book Clearly my hunch was right, because I flew through this in a day a day, I feel compelled to add, that included 7 hours of sleep and an 8 hour workday I just loved everything about this A Broom of One s Own is a memoir of Nancy Peacock s life as both an acclaimed novelist and as someone who cleans houses for a living Although the book is 10 years old, it s quite timely in this age when it s hard for any writer to make a living from their writing So Peacock dusts bookshelves that contain copies of her own books She deals with people s reactions to the fact that a published novelist is cleaning houses to support herself She muses on what she could do instead that would support the writing life she wants to have She addresses a lot of issues of class and creativity and writes movingly about some of the households she worked for I loved Peacock s voice and thought this was such a great antidote to all of the MFA holders the publishing industry is always telling us are amazing because they have MFAs This book was pretty short, but I could have read manypages of this sort of thing I m so glad I found this book and listened to my own imperative to read it It definitely came along at exactly the right time

  2. Reese says:

    Nisht ahin, nisht aher not one of the most often used expressions, but one familiar to those who grew up in households where at least bits and pieces of Yiddish were spoken In her focused memoir or collection of related narratives, Nancy Peacock captures the experience of being nisht ahin, nisht aher neither here nor there She hauls her cleaning supplies and equipment to and through and from the places where she is the cleaning lady Quite a number and variety of living and work spac Nisht ahin, nisht aher not one of the most often used expressions, but one familiar to those who grew up in households where at least bits and pieces of Yiddish were spoken In her focused memoir or collection of related narratives, Nancy Peacock captures the experience of being nisht ahin, nisht aher neither here nor there She hauls her cleaning supplies and equipment to and through and from the places where she is the cleaning lady Quite a number and variety of living and work spaces were, over a fifteen year stretch, straightened, scrubbed, polished, vacuumed, mopped you know the list by Nancy the housecleaner And then there are those two novels and short published pieces that were scrubbed, straightened, polished, etc after she had, unlike the houses, built them Weighed down by the baggage of bills and self doubt, Peacock was, during a sizable chunk of her life, everywhere and nowhere neither here nor there Her yoking of her two lives in A BROOM OF ONE S OWN illuminatesthan the obvious connection between writing and housecleaning both require cleaning up messes Aside from the general link between the jobs, the author reveals a personal link shame Identifying herself as a housecleaner embarrasses her referring to herself as a writer embarrasses her The world of the housecleaner is beneath her, but she can reach down and grab it the world of the successful writer feels beyond her reach.I told myself that I should read A BROOM OF ONE S OWN because of Peacock s avoidance of her calling her dependence on a safety net that, for a long time, kept her from claiming her place in line with the acrobats and aspiring acrobats her eventual commitment to reaching out and up instead of down into somebody s clogged drain But to be honest, I have to say that what really kept me interested in the book was not Peacock s changing relationship with her writing, but the candy wrappers littering carpets and the shit floating in the toilet

  3. Beth Browne says:

    From its clever title to the pithy writing tips at the end, this book is simply wonderful Nancy Peacock tells her story with unflinching honesty in tight vibrant prose It s a sobering story, but told with such fluid grace it leaves you gasping forA great choice for a writer s bookshelf, this book will encourage beginners as well as seasoned writers I found it hard to put down and irresistibly fun.

  4. Trena says:

    In the first heady days when I joined Goodreads it was like when you first join Facebook you add everyone you can even hazily recall but then realize later that you aren t really interested in all their thoughts I did that with books on the to read list, so now I m trying to clear them out.Nancy Peacock is a published author with two novels in print However, her writing was not enough to support her, so she kept doing the job she found most tolerable cleaning houses This is a book of essa In the first heady days when I joined Goodreads it was like when you first join Facebook you add everyone you can even hazily recall but then realize later that you aren t really interested in all their thoughts I did that with books on the to read list, so now I m trying to clear them out.Nancy Peacock is a published author with two novels in print However, her writing was not enough to support her, so she kept doing the job she found most tolerable cleaning houses This is a book of essays that are meditations on her writing process and her employment It couldn t really decide if it wanted to be a clever set of stories with witty barbs about the houses she cleaned or a standard book about the writing process and how to overcome the blank page Regardless, it didn t do either very well The housecleaning stories are a little too cutesy and the writing bits are too cliched tortured artist I just don t care how hard writing is for you I feel a little bad giving her a low rating because I was pulling for her to succeed at the end of the book But it s just not very good and I imagine her novels are quite dreadful

  5. Marian says:

    A very interesting book about writing An encouragement to all hard working artists, no matter how they make a living That s on the back of the book.

  6. Suzanne LaPierre says:

    Nancy Peacock is both a published and well received novelist and a professional house cleaner As you might imagine, she receives different feedback from people depending on which of these roles has her currently engaged A Broom of One s Own is a refreshingly brief and humorous book about the author s writing career and the fifteen years she spent earning her living as a housecleaner.Nancy Peacock never attended college but her first novel, Life Without Water, was selected by the New York Times Nancy Peacock is both a published and well received novelist and a professional house cleaner As you might imagine, she receives different feedback from people depending on which of these roles has her currently engaged A Broom of One s Own is a refreshingly brief and humorous book about the author s writing career and the fifteen years she spent earning her living as a housecleaner.Nancy Peacock never attended college but her first novel, Life Without Water, was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year Although she received an advance on her next book, the money ran out before the book was finished and she went back to cleaning houses to support herself.A Broom of One s Own examines the balancing act that many of us maintain between doing what we love to do and earning a living How much do we compromise our art or our desired way of life to pay the bills, feel financially secure, or even keep up with the Joneses Nancy Peacock has a love hate relationship with her day job She writes about how cleaning houses gives her the scheduling flexibility and independence she needs And except in the case of those annoying clients who insist on being underfoot while she cleans it affords her the solitude she requires to work through ideas On the other hand, she also writes about how dismissive people are of maids and how difficult it is to find them in literature except as stereotypes.A Broom of One s Own touches upon the issue of career versus identity, how we define ourselves and how others view us based on our profession In her life as a published author, Peacock is picked up from the airport by limo and wined and dined, while another day finds her waiting at the checkpoint of a gated community to be questioned by the guard before being allowed to enter with other members of the service staff She writes humorously about the different houses she has cleaned and people she has cleaned for over the years and in the process the reader gains insight into her life and writing process.Peacock s observations as a housekeeper are often hilarious While there are a few treasured clients who welcome her into their home and then stay out of her way while she cleans my favorite is the one who likes to point out new nature specimens in his yard while helping her carry in her supplies , many of her clients are downright difficult There s the elderly woman who constantly asks her to move heavy objects just so she can see if the ficus tree looks better to the left of the drapes, the couple who allows their children to drop candy wrappers all over the house, and perhaps worst of all the lawyer who never flushes the toilet after number two She even cleans for an ex boyfriend and for the couple who moved into a home built on the foundation of her own beloved house that burned down.A Broom of One s Own was one of the most enjoyable books I ve read in a long time While Nancy Peacock s dual life in writing and housekeeping is unusual, at the same time there is something universal about her struggle between desire and necessity, art and the mundane In a special section at the end there is an interview with Nancy Peacock, writing advice from the author who now teaches writing workshops, having at last abandoned her housecleaning career , and a list of recommended books about writing.I originally wrote this review for the Read, Dream, Relax blog, where it appeared in 2014

  7. Tom Franklin says:

    Nancy Peacock is a writer whose first two books were written with great depth of understanding Life Without Water is one of the few books I have ever stayed up into the early morning hours, unwilling to put down until I had finished it all in one sitting Home Across the Road surprised me evenby the depth of the generations of the characters and the overriding sense of loss that ran through the character s lives A Broom of One s Own is Peacock s book on writing, life and her job cle Nancy Peacock is a writer whose first two books were written with great depth of understanding Life Without Water is one of the few books I have ever stayed up into the early morning hours, unwilling to put down until I had finished it all in one sitting Home Across the Road surprised me evenby the depth of the generations of the characters and the overriding sense of loss that ran through the character s lives A Broom of One s Own is Peacock s book on writing, life and her job cleaning houses Her job pays the bills her fantastic writing does not and also affords her a look into the private lives of those families for whom she cleans house This, along with her reflections on her work, her reflections on the people she works for and their environments, and her reflections on her writing, make up the majority of this book Peacock has a wonderful way with language She also has an understated honesty, even when it s expressed in anger, longing or confusion She presents herself as a writer should, as a complex, not at all tidy collection of thoughts and feelings who is trying to make sense of herself, her life and her writing.This is a great, great book

  8. Camilla says:

    I love this book I want to own it and be able to go back to it for later reference Nancy Peacock hits so many nails on the head that seem to directly apply to my own life.In this book she recounts her experiences as a published Author, who still cleans houses for a day job It s an interesting process she goes through from having writer s block to almost being fearful of success, and to even becoming comfortable with simply being a maid And then finally her strength and foresight to slowly qu I love this book I want to own it and be able to go back to it for later reference Nancy Peacock hits so many nails on the head that seem to directly apply to my own life.In this book she recounts her experiences as a published Author, who still cleans houses for a day job It s an interesting process she goes through from having writer s block to almost being fearful of success, and to even becoming comfortable with simply being a maid And then finally her strength and foresight to slowly quite cleaning houses one after another and writeIt s all very inspiring As a current janitor and author in progress I found this novel to be very hopeful, at times funny, and ridiculously relatable I devoured this book in two days, finishing it today and I already miss it

  9. Cara says:

    One of the best books I ve read in a long time Her candor and powers of observation won me over as did the fact that she lived lives within her means.LOVING this book Can t put it down Local author endorsed by one of my heroes Lee Smith One of the first dates with my husband was when I was a student at NCSU in Raleigh We went to hear Lee Smith talk about writing She stressed the importance of writing what you know Nancy Peacock knows a lot about people and writing This book also made m One of the best books I ve read in a long time Her candor and powers of observation won me over as did the fact that she lived lives within her means.LOVING this book Can t put it down Local author endorsed by one of my heroes Lee Smith One of the first dates with my husband was when I was a student at NCSU in Raleigh We went to hear Lee Smith talk about writing She stressed the importance of writing what you know Nancy Peacock knows a lot about people and writing This book also made me very proud of how I have treated housekeepers over the years as people worthy of respect and gratidude

  10. Susan Hickam says:

    I loved every bit of this book.Having worked as a housecleaner myself, I could relate to the author s descriptions of many of her clients and to her struggles of how to make her life the one she wanted to live Thank you Nancy so much for writing this and not being bullied into submission by bad advice no one wants to know you are a housecleaner who didn t go to college Wrong I wanted to know and it has enriched me Keep up the good work of writing and living and not being ashamed of who you I loved every bit of this book.Having worked as a housecleaner myself, I could relate to the author s descriptions of many of her clients and to her struggles of how to make her life the one she wanted to live Thank you Nancy so much for writing this and not being bullied into submission by bad advice no one wants to know you are a housecleaner who didn t go to college Wrong I wanted to know and it has enriched me Keep up the good work of writing and living and not being ashamed of who you are and how you got there If I was closer I m sure I d be at one of her writing prompt classes

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