Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

You’ve eaten…maybe prayed…definitely loved. Now it’s time to get magical in some very practical ways. Gilbert, Elizabeth. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. New York: Riverhead Books, 2015. Print. Genre: nonfiction, creative inspiration Summary: The sage and witty writer who brought you the worldwide bestseller, The Misadventures of a Messed-up Woman Traveling Through Three Countries… Continue reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark

If your book club is boring, if you weary of your writing students saying only they did or did not like an assigned text, if you need better feedback from your critique group, then this book may help. Clark, Roy Peter. The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature… Continue reading The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark

Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

If you often yearn for 26-hour days — a bit more time to get done all that life requires and maybe, JUST MAYBE, a wink of sleep — this book is definitely for you! Duhigg, Charles. Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. New York: Random House, 2016. Print. Genre:… Continue reading Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

Much like a quark, this book is small yet packed with the powers to either grip or unravel the universe. Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook. New York: Harvest, 1994. Print. Genre: nonfiction (craft book) Summary: Winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and all-around linguistic seductress Mary Oliver shares her insights on the… Continue reading A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

The Goshawk by T. H. White

White, T. H.┬áThe Goshawk. 1951. Ashland, OR: Blackstone Audio, 2015. CD. Genre: nonfiction/nature memoir Summary: White chronicles his misadventures and many mishaps in an attempt to tame a goshawk. He knows only what he has learned from old books. Nonetheless, he is driven by his love of the medieval and ancient cultures who reserved the… Continue reading The Goshawk by T. H. White