Recommended Books

Book cover of Bird by Bird, written by Anne Lamott

  • Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
  • Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published
  • Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees, an editor’s advice to writers
  • James Scott Bell, Revision & Self-Editing
  • Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction. In my opinion, the best fiction-writing book we have on the market
  • Cassill and Bausch, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 6th edition (2000).
  • Learn how to write short stories by reading from the best
  • Natalie Goldberg. Writing Down the Bones
  • Peter Elbow, Writing With Power and Writing Without Teachers
  • Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide To Igniting the Writer Within
  • Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola, Tell It Slant: Writing and Sharing Creative Nonfiction
  • Brian Kitely, The 3 am Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
  • Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz, Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. This the wonderful book which inspired a new direction I’m going to take with my thesis!

Recommended Writing Magazines

  • The Writer Gives tips, how-tos, market information for writers at all levels and all genres
  • Poets and Writers Magazine for literary writers that includes complete grant, contest residency, retreat and conference information

My Favorite Books

  • Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler (fiction)
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (fiction)
  • The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka (fiction)
  • The Red Tent, Anita Diamant (fiction)
  • The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (fiction)
  • A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines (fiction)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon (fiction)
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison (fiction)
  • Isaac’s Storm, Erik Larson (creative nonfiction)
  • The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger (creative nonfiction)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston (fiction)
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker (fiction)
  • A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (fiction)
  • Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (fiction)
  • The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (memoir)
  • The Liar’s Club, Mary Karr (memoir)
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel (fiction)
  • A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson (memoir)

My Favorite Poetry Books

  • All poems by Yosef Komunyakaa , especially “Facing It”
  • The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, “The Bitter River”
  • The Late Wife, Claudia Emerson (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)
  • Vice, Ai The Black Unicorn, Audre Lorde

My Favorite Movies

  • High Noon (1952)
  • All About Eve (1950)
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • American Beauty (1999)
  • Sideways (2004)
  • Shrek 2 (2004)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Schindler’s List (1993)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Terminator 2 (1991)
  • Predator (1987)
  • Munich (2005)
  • WALL*E (2008)
  • The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • True Grit (2010)



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