A Few Books I Really Love

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Almost There by Nuala O’Faolain

Away by Amy Bloom

Back in the World by Tobias Wolff

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor

Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

How to Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward

Merlin's Keep by Madeleine Brent

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

Shadow Baby by Alison McGhee

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka



For Inspiration

Art as a Way of Life by O'Shaughnessy and MacIver

The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler

The Flute of God by Paul Twitchell

How to Survive Spiritually in Our Times by Harold Klemp

Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton

The Joy Diet by Martha Beck

The Poetic Landscape by Elizabeth Mowrey

The Women's Retreat Book by Jennifer Louden

A Circle of Quiet by Madeline L'Engle

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Long Life by Mary Oliver

The Loon: Voice of the Wilderness by Joan Dunning

Sailing Alone around the Room by Billy Collins

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Erlich

Winter by Rick Bass




Creative Juice:  Writing resources to get unstuck creatively

Art & Fear by Bayles and Orlando

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Escaping into the Open by Elizabeth Berg

From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler

On Writing by Stephen King

Listen to Me by Lynn Lauber

>Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

Story Matters by Denman and Shoup

Substance and Style by Mary Stoughton

Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction by Miller and Paola

The Passionate, Accurate Story by Carol Bly

The Power of Placeby Winifred Gallagher

The Situation and the Story by Vivian Gornick

Thinking about Memoir by Abigail Thomas

What If? by Painter and Bernays

Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan

Writers Dreaming by Naomi Epel

Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular by Rust Hills

The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler

A Writer's Time by Kenneth Atchity

Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark

Writing True by Perl and Schwartz


This page is always in process. I try to keep coming back here to update it from time to time, with current favorites. These are just a very few of the books I love, the books I find inspiring generally, and those that help me get unstuck—there are many more, too many to list here.


Please recommend your favorite creative resources to me by emailing:
mary(at) marycarrollmoore(dot)com. Thank you!