Book Suggestions

That’s how you came here, like a star

without a name.  Move across the night sky

with those anonymous lights.

~ Rumi

I’ve always loved books. As a girl, I loved going to the Carnegie Library in my hometown, checking out as many books as allowed. The rows and rows of books, like flowers in a garden, just waiting for someone to come along and admire them. Read them. Remember them.

I’ve never lost my love for books. They have seen me through all kinds of life situations. Challenges, opportunities, educational programs, degrees, and so on.  Many have inspired me with their wisdom, and some have remained on my nightstand for months … wonderful words I couldn’t let go of. As a writer, a poet, I have nothing but respect for my colleagues, because working with words is always an adventure that takes incredible persistence and insight. ~

faulknerLet the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut.
The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error.
The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity.
No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.
— William Faulkner

  • Here are a few books (in no particular order) I’ve read or plan to read (soon):

In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time:
the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material
substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.

~Thomas Carlyle

Ancients of the Earth: Poems of Time by D.A. (Daisy) Hickman

The Silence of Morning: A Memoir of Time Undone by D.A. (Daisy) Hickman

Always Returning: The Wisdom of Place by D.A. (Daisy) Hickman

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

Moments of Seeing: Reflections from an Ordinary Life by Katrina Kenison

The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Devotion by Dani Shapiro

The Angel in My Pocket by Sukey Forbes

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened by William Least Heat-Moon

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

The Gift by Lewis Hyde

The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg

An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World  by Shirley Showalter

Shepherd: A Memoir by Richard Gilbert

Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Learning to Breathe by Priscilla Warner

The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin

Unframed Originals: Recollections by W.S. Merwin

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Dog Songs: Poems by Mary Oliver

Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry by Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch

The Blessing by Gregory Orr

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser

The Accidental Buddhist by Dinty W. Moore

The Discomfort Zone: A Memoir by Jonathan Franzen

My Father’s Gardens by Karen Levy

Death be not Proud by John Gunther

Clean by David Sheff

Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats by Eckhart Tolle and Patrick McDonnell

Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road by William Least Heat-Moon

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred by Mark Nepo

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Dr. Eben Alexander

Power v. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by David R. Hawkins, MD, Ph.D.

Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

The Zen of Living and Dying by Philip Kapleau

From Science and God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness by Peter Russell

The Faith Club by Priscilla Warner

A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Dakota Blues by Lynne Spreen

The Memoir and the Memoirist by Thomas Larson

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Summer Doorways: A Memoir by W.S. Merwin

The Mindful Writer by Dinty W. Moore

Begin with Yes: A Short Conversation by Paul S. Boynton

The End of Illness by David B. Agus, M.D.

Stay Awake: Stories on Grief and Everything After by Dan Chaon

Musical Chairs & To Begin Again by Jen Knox

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock

Crestmont by Holly Weiss

Standing at Water’s Edge: Moving Past Fear, Blocks, and Pitfalls to Discover the Power of Creative Immersion by Anne Paris, PhD

Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Annie Proulx

The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rassmusen

This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness by Laura Munson

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton

Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife by Lisa Miller

Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home by Susan Pohlman

History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky

Masters of the Heart by Michelle Hoover 

Life after Death: The Burden of Proof by Deepak Chopra

A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace

Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

Understanding Our Mind by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Florist’s Daughter by Patricia Hampl

Lit by Mary Karr

A New Dawn Awaits by E. Dee Conrad

(Re) Making Love: A Sex after Sixty Story by Mary L. Tabor

The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier

Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish with Confidence by Roz Morris

Composed: A Memoir by Rosanne Cash

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

How to by Alone: Essays by Jonathan Franzen

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared M. Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond

Visions, Trips & Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Dieby David Kessler

Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death by Robert Moss

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazonby David Grann

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativityby Hugh MacLeod 

Too Much Happiness (stories) by Alice Munro

Hot, Flat & Crowded by Thomas Friedman

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potentialby Michael Bernard Beckwith

Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

PrairyErth by William Least Heat Moon

Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot by Richard Restak, M.D.

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief by Ann Hood

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Orderby Joan Wickersham

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg

Happy Yoga by Steve Ross

Black Hills by Nora Roberts

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Poe and Fanny by John May

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

From Where You Dream by Robert Butler

Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien

The Unstrung Harp by Edward Gorey

Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birdsedited by Billy Collins, paintings by David Allen Sibley

Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rolvaag

The Art of Memory by Frances A. Yates

… and many, many more!

In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time:
the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material
substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.

~Thomas Carlyle