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A Required Reading List for My White Sons

A Required Reading List for My White Sons

I’m raising six sons who will one day become white men. What with the climate of our country and the ripples of racism that have begun to creep from half-concealed corners, I have compiled a list of required reading for my sons that will teach them about both black...

A Compelling Memoir about Madness and Institutionalization

A Compelling Memoir about Madness and Institutionalization

When I was in high school, I watched the movie Girl, Interrupted, without even considering that it might have been based on a book. So at the beginning of this year, when I discovered it was actually a book first, of course I had to read it. Girl, Interrupted, by...

A Superb MG Book About Foxes, Death, and Hope

A Superb MG Book About Foxes, Death, and Hope

I’ve been waiting to read Maybe a Fox, by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee for the entire summer and fall, because my 7-year-old had hidden it somewhere I couldn’t find it, and we spent months looking for it. Turns out it was behind his bed, a place he says he looked...

Writing resources

On Story

On Writing (general)

  • Wired for Story, by Lisa Cron
    Great book on the science of the brain and how to craft well-told stories that will appeal to the storytelling side of the brain. I got this book years ago but still pull it out every now and then to refresh my memory.
  • Steering the Craft, by Ursula Le Guin
    This one’s not so much a technique kind of book as it is a book reminding writers of their obligation to their readers. Some of her ideas are a bit old-fashioned, but most of them are still valuable today.
  • The Fire in Fiction, by Donald Maass
    Another great one on creating books that appeal to readers. Again, I always read these kinds with a grain of salt–because my goals are a bit different, but we all want readers, so I think we can always find value in the suggestions offered, even if we don’t become hardcore users of them.