On Writing by Stephen King
A combination of memoir and practical writing guide, this is a must-read for any writer. I find a quiet spot and read this book about once per year. It’s always able to reset my mind.
Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann
With short chapters, McCann offers advice on virtually every aspect of a writer’s life.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
There’s a reason this book has been required reading for any writer for the last 25 years. Lamott offers humble, valuable advice.
Draft No. 4 by John McPhee
A former journalist for The New Yorker, McPhee compiled an eloquent, personal set of essays that span his life as a writer.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A dying man grapples with mortality in what should have been some of his most prosperous years. This is a truly powerfully written story.
Educated by Tara Westover
An instant bestseller that has captured the attention of both Bill Gates and Barack Obama, Westover tells the story of an unconventional youth and her quest to understand the world.
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
McCourt, a lifelong school teacher, was in his mid-60’s when he wrote the story of growing up in Ireland during the Great Depression. A masterful book.
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
While Tuesdays With Morrie was Albom’s breakthrough memoir, Finding Chika is a powerful story about love, resilience, and strength. When Albom writes, he breathes eternal life into the little girl who changed him forever.