The World is My Oyster and I Don't Know How to Cook by Christy Potter – Review

CoverAward-winning writer and longtime journalist Christy Potter has released a new book that is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The book, “The World Was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook,” is available from Amazon for Kindleor in Paperback, on Barnes & Noble for Nook, on iTunes for iPad, and on in paperback.

“The World Was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook” is a compilation of essays, interviews and short stories Potter has written over the past several years. After a 23-year career in journalism, Potter said she decided to put some of her favorite pieces into one collection for her readers, as well as for herself.

In her independent review, Lauren Mack, founder and editor of The Well Written Woman, called the book “comfortable.”

“At the core of ‘The World was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook’ is the growth of a writer through patience, understanding the inspiration of others, and taking the chance on a dream she knows can be truth,” Mack said. “By reaching out to people on the street, interviewing authors, and examining her own peculiarities, Christy Potter lends her voice on how to not only be a writer, but to experience life as a writer. Inspiration is all around us.”

Potter said for her, the book is extremely personal.

“I’ve never been anything but a writer,” she said. “And when I started going through my past work to put this collection together, I realized all over again just how much I love what I do.”

A native of the Midwest, Potter started her journalism career in 1989. She moved to New Jersey almost 20 years ago and has worked for a number of newspapers and magazines throughout the area. Five years ago, she started her blog,, which has garnered a loyal following. It features her writing, as well as interviews with well-known writers.

“I call my blog a celebration of inspiration,” Potter said. “The theme is ‘Inspiration is Everywhere,’ and I write about what inspires me, or what others tell me inspires them. It’s about finding beauty and meaning in every moment, including those that may not seem so beautiful.”

Some of the essays are humorous, others poignant.

“I have written about my own life as I approach middle age and still wonder who I am and who I’m going to be, as I wrestle with fertility issues and family drama and just… life,” she said. “I also talk to writers whose work I love. I interviewed Lois Lowry, whose books I grew up on. I talked to P.F. Kluge, who wrote ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and ‘Eddie and the Cruisers.’ I had a defining moment when Janet Evanovich, now a bestselling novelist, told me about the day she took a box full of her rejection slips outside and burned them. Those are the moments I can relate to – that we can all relate to.”

Potter also included some short stories, poems, and a couple of what she calls “language experiments.”

“I love to play with language,” she explained. “I like to push the envelope and take language and writing right to the brink of wrong. For example, I used to make my college professors crazy by sticking sentence fragments in my papers now and then. They’re not proper English, but I’d use them sparingly, for emphasis, and I’d always get away with it. The ability to manipulate language to make it fit what I want to say is one of my favorite things about being a writer.”

Potter’s long career as a journalist taught her not only interview skills, but how to listen and observe and then bring all that together in her writing.

“To me, writing is as much a science as it is an art,” she said. “When I talk to someone – and everyone has a story to tell – I can feel the piece coming together in my head. It’s the same when I’m writing a short story or an essay. The stories tell themselves, really. I’m just the messenger.”

For more information on ordering “The World Was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook,” click here. For more of Christy Potter’s work, visit her blog at

My Review – 

I must admit that I’ve been putting off writing this review. It is a hard book to review. It is personal stories and there are many different types of stories in the book. I thought some of the stories were good, some bored me, and some I didn’t care for. I realize this type of book is very personal in whether you enjoy it or not and I hesitate to tell anyone not to buy a book.

I am going to give this book three stars. It wasn’t for me. If you would like to try the book out, Amazon allows you to download a snippet of books to Kindle. And always remember, everyone’s taste differs and you may actually enjoy this book.

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