Click here for my handout on recommended reading for memoir writers: conference-memoir-handout.

More books I have lived with and loved deeply:

Voyage in the Dark, Jean Rhys
Mr Bridge and Mrs Bridge, Evan S. Connell
Katherine Mansfield’s stories
Grace Paley’s stories
The Boys of My Youth, Jo Ann Beard
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
Last Night: Stories, James Salter
A Sport and a Pastime, James Salter
Madame Bovary, Flaubert
Flaubert and Madame Bovary: A Double Portrait, Francis Steegmuller
The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Milan Kundera
The Art of the Novel, Milan Kundera
Herzog, Saul Bellow
Frank O’Connor’s stories
The Lonely Voice, Frank O’Connor
Outline, Rachel Cusk
The Emerald Light in the Air, Donald Antrim
Joy Williams’s stories
Natalia Ginzburg’s essays
Elena Ferrante. Favorite: The Days of Abandonment
How Should a Person Be?, Sheila Heti

Leaving the Atocha Station and The Hatred of Poetry, Ben Lerner

Notes From No Man’s Land: American Essays, Eula Biss

Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin
Bluets, Maggie Nelson
Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill
Chekhov stories. Favorites: “The Lady with the Dog,” “In the Ravine,” “Ward No. 6,” “The Bishop”
Joan Didion. Favorites: The White Album, Slouching Toward Bethelehem, and The Year of Magical Thinking
Bruno Schulz’s stories
Raymond Carver, especially the late stories
Kierkegaard, especially Either/Or and The Sickness Unto Death. Not a huge fan of Fear and Trembling.
Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays. The notebooks.
A book about philosophy I love: Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and a Quarrel that Ended It, by Ronald Aronson