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

Small Move, Big Change by Caroline Arnold

Did you set a resolution in January that has yet to pan out? Good news: you’re not alone. Great news: this book might help you get back on track. Arnold, Caroline. Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently. New York: Viking, 2014. Print. Summary: Arnold unpacks a methodology for setting teeny-tiny… Continue reading Small Move, Big Change by Caroline Arnold

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

When the Sharks Gather

When the Sharks Gather: How Rituals Can Make Us Better Writers Before I write, there’s this little thing that I do. Call it a ritual. I do it the same way every time. And according to neuroscience research, my little ritual is actually priming my brain to deliver a focused and confident writing session. Here’s… Continue reading When the Sharks Gather

The Goshawk by T. H. White

White, T. H. The 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