Gail McGaffigan

Biography

Isn't it hard to find something good to read sometimes? I know the feeling. It's tough to find a book that's clean, but not boring; with honorable characters with whom you feel a kinship. I am dedicated to creating wholesome, enjoyable books for you and your family, because I create them for my family, as well.

If you're expecting to read about how it was always my dream to be a writer, you might be disappointed: I am sort of a reluctant author. My interest in writing grew from my fascination with mostly-forgotten American books of the 19th and early 20th centuries; not so much the great classics, but good dimestore, bread-and-butter-type books.

Their material is so incredibly good, and I love the values, but much of it is not suited to the modern reader; so I think of myself as working "post-humorously" with authors of the past, restoring their intent. It's a lot like home renovation - Some will make it historically perfect, others will modernize everything...but some would rather restore the builder's intent, by synthesizing old and new to create something that's just right.

Back then, authors felt that it was important to convey this message: It's worth it. All the struggle and the sacrifices we make to maintain our integrity and live with dignity are all worth it.

This message is as vital today as ever, and I am honored for this chance to deliver it to you and your family.

A New Jersey native and graduate of the Boston University School for the Arts, I now live in coastal New England with my husband, son, daughter, and a greyhound who has 19 lives. I am currently at work on her next book, as well as Classically Gail, my free, one-year online course in Music Appreciation. I may be contacted at either of her blogs, including
http://www.classicallygail.blogspot.com

Where to find Gail McGaffigan online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Classical Reader: Short Stories of Action & Adventure
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,940. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Educational
Finally, a book of short stories for those who crave action; for guys -young and old - or anyone who prefers excitement, suspense, &adventure. Spanish torture chambers, uncharted islands, detectives, zombies, convicts, & quite a few well-meaning bunglers for comic relief.Perfect for class (especially boys'), homeschool, book club, or just curling up in front of the fire on that dark & stormy night
The Classical Speller, Grades I - IV: Teacher Edition
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
Traditional spelling curriculum for classical education. Perfect for classroom or homeschooling.
The Classical Speller, Grade IV: Student Edition
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This traditional, Grade 1-8 spelling curriculum also teaches good study habits. Perfect for classroom, self-study, or homeschool.
The Classical Reciter
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,230. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
The gauntlet is down! The Classical Reciter is the companion book for the overnight sensation blog by the same name. Includes 135 of the best poems ever for memorizing, reciting, and challenging your friends. Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley, Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Wordsworth, and many, many more. Perfect for classroom, homeschool, or personal use. Will YOU be the next internet poetry sensation?
The Classical Speller III, Student Edition
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,160. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
A 100-year-old, tried-and-true spelling method. Get back to the classics - Education the way it was for every great man of every generation, for about 200 years. The Classical Speller is an invitation to return to a time when people cared about their spelling and everything else they produced. Students following this method will build real self-esteem and pride in a job well done.
The Classical Speller, Grade II, Student Edition
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
A 100-year-old, tried-and-true spelling method. Get back to the classics - Education the way it was for every great man of every generation, from our Colonial forefathers up until about the 1970’s. Return to a time when people cared about their spelling and everything else they produced. Students following this method will build real self-esteem and pride in a job well done.
The Classical Speller, Grade I, Student Edition
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
A 100-year-old, tried-and-true spelling method. Get back to the classics - Education the way it was for every great man of every generation, from our Colonial forefathers up until about the 1970’s. Return to a time when people cared about their spelling and everything else they produced. Students following this method will build real self-esteem and pride in a job well done.
12 Quizzes on Classical Composers
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,550. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Instruction and Study - Appreciation
The perfect Christmas gift for your music-lover!. One quiz each on the lives of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, Verdi, Wagner, Chopin, Haydn, Handel, and Grieg. May be used in conjunction with the Classically Gail free, one-year course in Music Appreciation (classicallygail.blogspot.com).
The Revenge: from the Files of Inspector Thomas Waters
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,700. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
On a gaslit street in Victorian London, Inspector Thomas Waters trails a robbery suspect...but who is trailing Inspector Thomas Waters? Feel the chill of an authentic London fog in this true-crime, historic memoir of a British police detective. The perfect Christmas gift for the mystery-lover in your life!

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Smashwords book reviews by Gail McGaffigan

  • Tippie & The Big Cat on Sep. 25, 2012

    A gentle, but steadily-developed plot, and use of playful Scottish dialect makes one feel as one is right there and as welcome as a plate of warm shortbread on a September afternoon. Although this is marketed as a children's book, anyone who likes a breezy, peaceful read will enjoy this island escape. Gail McGaffigan, Yesterday's Stories for Today's Readers lovinglyrestored.blogspot.com
  • Who'll Pick Me? on Oct. 14, 2012

    If you are buying your little girl an e-reader for Christmas, be sure to load this book onto it - My 9-year-old loved it...I did, too!