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July 30, 2011


Great list. I always like seeing Didion get props. If I could add a favorite of mine, it'd be Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights, which is one of the most absorbing books I've ever read. If you've only seen the show, the book will blow you away.

Oh, I've been wanting to read that one for a long time! Thanks for bringing it up.

A really really great book you might check out is Wonderland: A Year in the Life of an American High School by Michael Bamberger.

I love this list and am going to try to work through it.

Oooo, I've never even heard of Wonderland. Thanks for the suggestion. I should throw out this kinda list more often just to lure people into giving me personal book recommendations.

A reader suggested a few more titles for the list via email, and I wanted to add them here!

Elmore Leonard: "10 Rules of Writing"
Anne Lamont: "Bird by Bird"
John Steinbeck: "Sweet Thursday" (preferred by this reader to "Cannery Row.")

Cheers, and thanks again everyone for fleshing out this list!

Anna, I love your lists. Here are a few additional suggestions:
Anne Faidiman: "At Large and At Small"
Joseph Mitchell: "Up in the Old Hotel"
Eula Biss: "Notes from No Man's Land"
James Alan McPherson: "A Region Not Home"
Most anything by Lawrence Weschler
Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction (Lex Williford and Michael Martone, eds) I'm not a big fan of anthologies but I think this one is excellent.

Wonderful, Nancy! Those are all new to me.

In My Mind's Eye, by Justin Marciano

New narrative nonfiction on Amazon...awesome.

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