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A favorite author. She has a subtle power that's uncanny.

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One of the five best prose works of the last fifty years. Read it and change your writing life.

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Literary Non-fiction


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“Black Earth” — Timothy Snyder — The best book on our current veer towards totalitarianism. “Blood & Soil” was no accident. Read this.

 

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“The Seven Story Mountain” — Thomas Merton

 

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“On Ugliness” — Umberto Eco

 

“History of Beauty” — Umberto Eco

 


Literary Fiction


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“The Novice: A Story of True Love” Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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“Lolita” Nabakov

 

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“Mrs Dalloway” (annotated) Virginia Woolf

 

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“Gould's Book of Fish” Richard Flanagan

 


Memoir Resources


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Bessel van der Kolk's masterpiece, “The Body Keeps the Score,” on trauma. Memoirs are written to understand and inhabit a difficult life. This book is indespensible.

Prompts for writing about trauma, in effect.

 

“Writing to Heal The Soul—Transforming Grief and Loss Through Writing” Susan Zimmerman

http://amzn.to/2qx7mlh

 

“Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir” Edited by William Zinsser

 


Notable Memoirs


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“The Year of Magical Thinking” Joan Didion

 

“The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana” Umberto Eco
Listed as fiction, thinly disguised memoir.

 

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“The Painted Bird” Jerzy Kozinski

 


On Readers & Reading


“In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings.” (Amazon)

An “A” list of writers on reading: Margaret Atwood, J. G. Ballard, Melvyn Bragg, A. S. Byatt, Germaine Greer, Doris Lessing, Edna O'Brien, Ruth Rendell, Tom Stoppard, Sue Townsend, and more.

“Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books” — Wendy Lesser

“How Reading Changed My Life” — Anna Quindlen


On Writing


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Buy this if you are writing fiction. My most marked-in book. Every page is necessary information, and he writes with clarity.


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One of the best things any writer can do is read this essay.

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John McPhee is a writer of extraordinaily clean, accessible prose.


Poetry & Form


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Robert Hass. Poetry, inside out. Starting with one line, then couplets, then every aspect of meaning + form. An ultimate guide for advanced writers and poets.

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The Making of a Poem. A primer on the technics of poetry, with rich examples and a lucid text. Highly recommended.

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The Hatred of Poetry. Phucking awesome. BUY this today. Right now.

Alfred Corn's masterpiece on the art and science of poetic meter.


Reference etc


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The best language reference on the planet and probably the only hilarious one. Comprehensive, lively, and sheer brilliance. His joy with language is on every page. Unique and indespensible.

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“Mimesis” is a classic reference work on the intention of language. Invaluable. Get this.

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A classic reference work 800 years in the making. Rewards the closest read.

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Vol. I: The Ancient World —Susan Wise Bauer —Best history ever. A writer must know enough human history to be gobsmacked about how we were always this way.


Trauma Resources


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Bessel van der Kolk's masterpiece, “The Body Keeps the Score,” on trauma. Memoirs are written to understand and inhabit a difficult life. This book is indespensible.

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“Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body” Peter A. Levine

 

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“Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain” Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Marion Solomon Ph.D.

 

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The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse” Dr. Elizabeth Loftus