Recommended Reading

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Here is an updated (but far from comprehensive) list of books I have found to be enriching and well written:

Literary/Mainstream Fiction:  Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees;  Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible; John Steinbeck: East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath; Betty Smith: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; J.D. Salinger: Catcher in the Rye; F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby; Lisa Genoa: Still Alice; Isabel Allende: Island Beneath the Sea; Chris Cleave: Little Bee; Lisa See: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan; Christina Baker Cline: Orphan Train, a Novel; William Faulkner: As I Lay Dying; Markus Zuzak: The Book Thief; Paula McClain: The Paris Wife

Non Fiction and Memoir: Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor: Traveling with Pomegranates; Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love; Jeanette Walls: The Glass Castle; Bill O’Reilly: A Bold, Fresh Piece of Humanity; Mitch Albom: Tuesdays with Morrie; Bill O’Reilly and Martin DugardKilling Lincoln and Killing Kennedy; 

Spirituality and Inspirational: The Holy Bible (TNIV); Francis Chan: Forgotten God–Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; Rabbi David Cooper: God is a Verb; St. John of the Cross: The Dark Night of the Soul; Gerald May: The Dark Night of the Soul

Poets by Author: Mary Oliver, Stanley Kunitz, Rumi, Jane Kenyon, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Ted Kooser, T.S. Eliot, e.e.cummings, Pablo Neruda, William Carlos Williams,  Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ranier Maria Rilke, Langston Hughes, Matsuo Basho, Thomas Merton, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Books about Writing: Anne Lamont: Bird by Bird; Heather Sellers: Page by Page; The Writer’s Digest Series: Write Great Fiction; Natalie Goldberg: Writing Down the Bones

Revised 11/12/13

12 thoughts on “Recommended Reading

  1. Charley says:

    Consider looking into Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and almost anything by William Boyd. All for differing reasons. You have a wonderful listing of books. St. John of the Cross is essential for any poet.

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  2. zumpoems says:

    Thanks for compiling this list. Curious why Wallace Stevens missed the cut of recommended poets. 🙂

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  3. I agree—-what a beautiful blog site, as another has said so well organized, but so inspirational on so many levels. I’ll be dropping by often.

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  4. John says:

    Very beautifully creative Blog. Very organized… I learned a few things. Have a most delightful evening and thank you kindly.

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  5. Tilly Bud says:

    I know it’s sacrilege to say it but I hated ‘Catcher In The Rye.’ But I loved ‘Tuesdays With Morrie.’

    My all-time favourite book is ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card.

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  6. suzicate says:

    All of those are among my favorites with the exception being “The Poisonwood Bible” as I have never read it…will have to add it to my list of must reads. I just read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett and loved it.

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    • Thanks for the heads up on “The Help.” A friend just offered to loan it to me so I look forward to it if I ever get through “Cutting for Stone.” You remind me, I need to update/add to this list. Thanks for all your comments.


  7. Jamie Dedes says:

    Had to check this out … Many of my favorites here too. Rather thought there would be … Thank goodness for the gift of read…

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