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

Edna O’Brien’s stories

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

Approaching Eye Level, Vivian Gornick

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

H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald

Approaching Eye Level, Vivian Gornick

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