Reading Lists

The following are books, magazine articles, essays, authors, websites and other random  tidbits for writers.


Books (Etc.) About Writing

“How to Write Like a Mother#^@%*&” — Interview with Cheryl Strayed in Creative Nonfiction magazine

The Writer magazine

Prose Poem magazine

Writing Tools — by Roy Peter Clark

Reading Like a Writer — A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them — by Francine Prose

Tell It Slant — Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction — by Brenda Miller & Suzanne Paola

Writing Down the Bones — Freeing the Writer Within — by Natalie Goldberg

Good Prose — The Art of Nonfiction — by Tracy Kidder & Richard Todd

The Writer’s Idea Book — How to Develop great ideas for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenplays — by Jack Heffron

The Artful Edit — by Susan Bell

On Writing — by Stephen King

The Journalist and the Murderer — by Janet Malcolm

Bird by Bird — by Anne Lamott

The Art of the Personal Essay — by Philip Lopate

The Lifespan of a Fact — by John D’Agata & Jim Fingal


Examples of Great Writing

Autobiography of a Face — by Lucy Greeley

Truth and Beauty — by Ann Patchett

Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety — by Judith Warner

The Tender Bar — by J.R. Moehringer

The Next American Essay — by John D’Agata

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi — by Geoff Dyer

Encounters with the Archdruid — by John McPhee

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — by Juno Diaz

The Last American Man — by Elizabeth Gilbert

“M.I.A.’s Agitprop” — by Lynn Hirschberg

“Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters” — a novella by J.D. Salinger, published in The New Yorker magazine (1955)

American Wife — by Curtis Sittenfeld (about Barbara Bush)

“Modern Love” weekly column in the Sunday NYT


Other Recommendations

National Magazine Award website

“In the Waiting Room,” a poem by Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Gilbert’s blog post in response to Philip Roth’s advice to give up writing

Robert Coover, a professor at Brown University, author of fabulation and metafiction (which are genres of fiction), wrote an essay that was widely read called “The End of Books” (published in The New York Times in 1992)

Smart Pen, a pen that records audio and transcribes what you write to your computer

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