Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life, while not quite to the level of Stephen King’s On Writing or Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, is a worthy addition to the “How Do I Write” canon.
Lawrence Wright delves deeply into a few personal stories of the powerful people behind Scientology. What the reader gets is an inside look at one of the most bizarre — and oddly dangerous — organizations in our country.
Wurth doesn’t take any easy outs with her main character. In truth, there are no real happy endings for anyone involved, and the ones who do sneak out with some hope do so because they just refuse to stop moving forward.
Angela Jackson-Brown’s novel Drinking from a Bitter Cup is a haunting, desolate story of a young child abandoned in the world. At every page, I wanted to stop reading. But her prose was so effortlessly elegant that I couldn’t.
Here’s what I can tell you: Jared Yates Sexton’s themes largely revolve around the slow death that comes from alcoholism, the wretched crush that comes from poverty, and the emptiness that comes with knowing you can’t do anything about either one of those things.
Lost in Space by Ben Tanzer, who will appear at the Writers Jam, Vol 2, is a wonderful book of essays about fatherhood, which covers topics from exhaustion (“I Need”) to sharing things with your kids (“I Am Your Father”) and death (“The Lion King,” “The Unexamined Life”).
Christian Rudder, one of the founders of the OKCupid dating site, uses big data to explore the “hidden forces” that help shape us as people, and the individual experiences that make understanding humans so difficult.