Writing

On Writing and Failure (Staff Pick)

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On Writing and Failure: Or, on the Peculiar Perseverance Required to Endure the Life of a Writer (Field Notes) By Stephen Marche Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781771965163
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Published: Biblioasis - February 14th, 2023

"A paradox defines this business: The public only sees writers in their victories but their real lives are mostly in defeat." On Failure and Writing is delightful, bite-sized contemplation of what it means to be a writer, in all its up and downs. Taking a look at history's most beloved writers, author Stephen Marche speaks candidly about writing as a flawed, solitary, and rejection-filled art form--and explores why there are still some of us just can't shake the torture of its siren song even knowing that.

- Cindy


Splinters (Staff Pick)

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Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story By Leslie Jamison Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316374880
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 20th, 2024

Last year around this time I was raving about You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith. This year it's Leslie Jamison's Splinters, a tribute to the author's love for her young daughter and a perceptive reflection on the competing desires and identities that come with being a woman and a mother.

- Katie


Forgotten Manuscript (Staff Pick)

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Forgotten Manuscript By Sergio Chejfec, Jeffrey Lawrence (Translator) Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Jeffrey Lawrence (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781913867713
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Published: Charco Press - November 14th, 2023

Every book is a physical act. As media & tech companies search for for more ways to not pay creators and to never allow consumers to truly own any products, the physicality of books becomes more important. Chefjec is a brilliant, esoteric writer and this book is a thrilling intellectual experience.

- Josh


Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels (Staff Pick)

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Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels By Scott McCloud Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780060780944
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

What makes for an effective comic or graphic novel? How do words and art interact to tell impactful stories? Making Comics provides insight into these questions and more by illuminating our understanding of the storytelling power and history of the medium. This is a great guide not only for aspiring comic artists, but for anyone seeking thoughtful, illustrated examples of how we appreciate and create visual stories in their many forms.

-Annaliese


Refuse to Be Done

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Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts By Matt Bell Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641293419
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Published: Soho Press - March 8th, 2022

I've read a ton of craft books. This is the first one about novel writing that fully acknowledges how messy a process it is, while also giving concrete steps to navigate the hard parts. Buried within these tips is a philosophy that the act of creation is in itself, beautiful. It hasn't left my desk since I finished it.

Dave


Never Say You Can't Survive

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Never Say You Can't Survive By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250800015
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Published: Tordotcom - August 17th, 2021

Writing has lately felt utterly impossible given the state the world is in. But writing can also be enormously cathartic and help you through those hard times. This book is part good, practical writing advice, part permission to let go of "shoulds" and do what you want, and all comfort in a time when it's deeply needed. Read this book, then get writing!

Shana


Thinking Inside the Box

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Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them By Adrienne Raphel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525522102
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Published: Penguin Books - March 16th, 2021

If you've ever found yourself wondering what a 14 letter word for "crossword fan" might be, this book is for you. You'll also learn about the origins of crossword puzzles, the history, and why "oreos" show up in so many puzzles. You might even find yourself wanting to make your own! (I can now tell you from experience, it is HARD.)

Shana


Wonderbook

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Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781419729669
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - July 3rd, 2018

Trying to start that new sci-fi/fantasy novel during quarantine? Just looking for some inspiration to keep your spirits up? Do you enjoy reading snippets about storytelling from some of your favorite authors? How about creative and zany illustrations? This book's for you!

Stacey


Making Comics

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Making Comics By Lynda Barry Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770463691
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 5th, 2019

 

Sitting down with  this book and materials available at any office supply shop, readers can work through Barry's course, and learn about abilities they'd forgotten they had. A brilliant, accessible book from an extraordinary person. 

 Marika


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