A new short story from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian author who wrote Americanah and can be heard dropping feminist truth-bombs on the Beyoncé track “Flawless,” appeared Monday in Matter. Possessed of Adichie’s usual poise and clarity, it has a very beautiful opening paragraph: How softly the rain fell that Monday...
#1. "Skinny Legs and All," by Tom Robbins. Artist/waitress Ellen Cherry Charles leaves SC for a new life in NY in a vehicle shaped like a giant turkey, 5 inanimate objects face danger crossing the U.S. on their way to Jerusalem, a young belly dancer lifts the veils from society's illusions, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestine. This book is an engrossing and fun exploration of the meaning of art, the evolution of religion, and how both relate to society.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg. With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives.
Writing magic: Creating Stories that Fly, by Gail Carson Levine. I really love the cover for this book. It's about writing, and it's kinda interesting, but I found it more for kids 9-12 or new writers - when I got it I felt like I had heard pretty much everything she talked about. I still like it, though.