This library will always be a work in progress.  What is listed here currently are books I’ve been preoccupied with for the past 4 years as I’ve worked on my Master’s degree in creative writing, or ones I’ve picked up on my travels, or ones I simply love.  I still have more to add…always.



The Salt House -Cynthia Huntington

The Road from Coorain -Jill Ker Conway

H is for Hawk -Helen MacDonald

Eat, Pray, Love -Elizabeth Gilbert

In Other Words -Jhumpa Lahiri

One Writer’s Beginnings -Eudora Welty

The Woman Warrior -Maxine Hong Kingston

A Woman in The Polar Night –

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? -Jeanette Winterson

House of Stone -Anthony Shadid

The Museum of Words -Georgia Blain

The Year of Magical Thinking -Joan Didion

An American Childhood -Annie Dillard

Spectacles – Sue Perkins

Running in The Family -Michael Ondaatje


w/Medical Focus

Ask Me About My Uterus -Abby Norman

In The Land of Pain -Alphonse Daudet

Beyond Words -Kathlyn Conway

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

A Shining Affliction -Annie G. Rogers

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly -Dominic Bauby

Autobiography of A Face -Lucy Grealy

The Best Day, The Worst Day – Donald Hall

Stranger in The Village of The Sick -Stoller

Memoir of a Debulked Woman -Susan Gubar

Walking Out on The Boys -Frances K. Conley, M.D.

The Two Kinds of Decay -Sarah Manguso

Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies -DasGupta and Hurst, Eds.



The Wind in The Willows -Kenneth Grahame

Jane Eyre -Charlotte Bronte

Mansfield Park, Emma -Jane Austen

My Brilliant Friend -Elena Ferrante

The Search Warrant -Patrick Modiano

Three Men in A Boat -Jerome K. Jerome

The Signature of All Things -Elizabeth Gilbert

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine -Gail Honeyman



Persian Pictures -Gertrude Bell

Full Tilt -Dervla Murphy

Down The Nile:  Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff -Rosemary Mahoney

The Dead Sea:  Myth, History, and Politics -Barbara S. Kreiger

The Longlines -Bruce Chatwin

Oxford -Jan Morris

Notes from a Small Island -Bill Bryson

A Reed Shaken by The Wind -Gavin Maxwell

Sea and Sardinia -D.H. Lawrence


MEDICINE – Medical Humanities

Doing Harm -Maya Dusenbery

The Body in Pain -Elaine Scarry

Being Mortal -Atul Gawande

Childhood Disrupted -Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Gender Medicine -Glezerman

The Story of Pain -Joanna Bourke

The Birth of The Clinic – Foucault

The Wounded Storyteller – Arthur Frank

Illness as Metaphor – Susan Sontag

The Rejected Body -Wendell

Experiencing Chronic Pain in Society -Lous Heshusius

Inside Chronic Pain -Lous Heshusius

Illness as Many Narratives – Stella Bolacki

Illness -Havi Carel

Phenomenology of Illness -Havi Carel

Perceptions of Pain -Deborah Padfield

The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine

Inventions of Hysteria – Didi-Huberman



On Grief and Grieving -Elizabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler

Grief is The Thing With Feathers -Max Porter



Story – Robert McKee

The Art of Memoir -Mary Karr

The Elements of Style -Strunk & White

On Writing Well -William Zinsser

On Writing -Stephen King

Daemon Voices – Philip Pullman

The Storytelling Animal -Jonathan Gottschall

Good Prose -Tracy Kidder &

The Art of Description:  World into Word -Mark Doty

The Art of Time in Memoir:  Then, Again -Sven Birkerts

The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination -Carl Phillips

The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction -Dean Young

The Art of Attention: A Poet’s Eye -Donald Revell

The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song -Ellen Bryant Voigt

The Art of The Poetic Line -James Longenbach

Frantumaglia -Elena Ferrante

New & Selected Essays -Denise Levertov




An Estate of Memory -Karmel

Badenheim 1939 -Aharon Appelfeld

Shadows on The Hudson -Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Color of Smoke -Lakatos

This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen -Borowski

A Scrap of Time and Other Stories -Ida Fink


Survival in Auschwitz – Primo Levi

At the Mind’s Limits -Amery

Black Silence

An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork – Etty Hillesum

Roma and Sinti:

We are The Romani People -Ian Hancock

Sinti and Roma -Tebbutt

Germany and Its Gypsies

The Nazi Genocide of The Roma

Gypsies Under the Swastika -Donald Kendrick & Grattan Puxon

The Gypsies During the Second World War -vol 1, 2, and 3




The Old Ways -Robert MacFarlane

Landmarks – Robert MacFarlane

The Lost Words -Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris