5. I’ve been a Flynn fangirl since Sharp Objects came
Elizabeth Gilbert’s writings include acclaimed memoirs and richly textured fiction; her ability to shift between the two is indicative of her range as an author. In her book Big Magic, she delves into her own experience as an artist to offer up the hard-earned lessons necessary for making creative work, inspiring readers along the way.Buy it from Amazon
Kazuo Ishiguro received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature; this was the lecture he gave upon receiving this award. In My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs, Ishiguro explores how his own personal history fueled his wildly disparate series of books, and offers a unique perspective on the art of storytelling.Buy it from Amazon
For some writers, the craft of telling stories is about sitting in front of a keyboard or notebook and putting words to paper. For others, there’s a more physical element present. In his memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami explores the connection between storytelling and physical exertion, and how these two seemingly disparate concepts can be unified.
In her fiction and essays, Marilynne Robinson deftly demonstrates how to infuse literature with heady philosophical and theological concepts, adding a heightened aspects to the narratives she recounts. In her book When I Was a Child I Read Books, she explores the larger aspects of this craft, offering a master class in intellectually resonant writing.Buy it from Amazon
Pamela Des Barres may be best-known for her stories of her own life–particularly the memoir I’m With the Band. For her book Let It Bleed, Des Barres has drawn upon her own experience as a teacher, focusing on the craft of memoirs and the art of turning one’s own life into a compelling story. It’s a subject she knows well, and there’s plenty to discover in this book.