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Cheek by Jowl by Ursula K. Le Guin
Cover Artist: Details from a painting by unknown artist from Guerrero, Mexico.
Review by Gayle Surrette
Aqueduct Press Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781933500270
Date: 30 April 2009 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Cheek by Jowl is a collection of eight talks and essays given by Ursula K. Le Guin in various venues. I found the essays to be thought provoking and interesting reading. Each essay focuses on children and young adult literature; more specifically, fantasy for young adults. In one way or another what the essays are saying is that good writing is good writing no matter what the genre or the intended audience. That stories that stand the test of time are those that tell a ripping good tale that resonates with the reader. Cutting corners or trying to write for the market, or even writing with the idea of imparting a message is a sure way to turn off the reader and have your story sink into oblivion. Of course, these essays make the point much more eloquently and with far more clarity of thought.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Aqueduct Press is pleased to announce the release of Cheek by Jowl, a collection of talks and essays on how and why fantasy matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin. In these essays, Le Guin argues passionately that the homogenization of our world makes the work of fantasy essential for helping us break through what she calls ''the reality trap.'' Le Guin writes not only of the pleasures of her own childhood reading, but also about what fantasy means for all of us living in the global twenty-first century.

(Source: Aqueduct Press)

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