Here are a few of the books I read this year, during the life of the blog so far, in no particular order. Happy to answer questions or comments about any of these, as always.
- The Brief Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks*, Rebecca Skloot
- Switch, Chip and Dan Heath
- One Person/Multiple Careers, Marci Alboher
- My Reading Life, Pat Conroy
- The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown
- The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
- On Writing, Stephen King*
- The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
- Honoring Juanita, Hans Ostrom
- The Atlas of Love, Laurie Frankel
- Big Machine, Victor LaValle
- Great House, Nicole Krauss
- Pictures of You, Caroline Leavitt
- Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay
- Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, Danielle Evans
- A Thread Of Sky, Deanna Fei
- Take Me Home, Brian Leung
- Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
- The Calligrapher’s Daughter, Eugenia Kim
- Edinburgh, Alexander Chee
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
And there are a number of books I love to reread, too. Here are a few:
- Three Junes, Julia Glass
- Straight Man and Empire Falls, Richard Russo
- Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbon
- I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
- The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie and Literary Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg
- Most books by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Sum of Our Days, Isabel Allende
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants quartet, Ann Brashares
- A Severed Wasp, Madeleine L’Engle
- Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
- Tender at the Bone and other food memoirs, Ruth Reichl
And by request, a few of the writerly sites I’ve been reading.
- Koreanish, by Alexander Chee (check out his entry on the novel!). He doesn’t post very often, but when he does….ah. My model for blog entries as well-written essays.
- Tea and Cookies, by Tara Austen Weaver (love her description of her writing process)
- Occasionally, I check in at Advice to Writers for inspiration, a sort of kick-in-the pants to suck it up and get going.
- Dear Sugar at The Rumpus’s advice column”Write Like A MF” is already a classic.
- New Twitterquaintance Christine Lee Zilka already has an MFA, and is writing her novel at 80,000 Words.
Look for the “others’ private MFA” series, coming right up!