As a writer, it is important to constantly be reading. Just as it is fun—and educational—to attempt writing in an alternate genre or medium, it is also good to occasionally read out of your comfort zone.

At last Wednesday’s Write On! meeting, I asked everyone to recommend one fiction and non-fiction book. November Extra Credit is to read one of the books recommended by a fellow Write On! member.

Here are the suggestions:

  • Arlene

    Fiction: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; Non-fiction: Feng Shui Your Life by Jayme Barrett

  • Bob

    Fiction: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

  • Dan

    Fiction: Rain Fall by Barry Eisler; Non-fiction: The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time by Michael Crai

  • David

    Fiction: The Black Flower by Howard Bahr; Non-fiction: The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

  • Deb

    Fiction: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella; Finishing Touches by Deanna Kizis; Non-fiction: Good in Room by Stephanie Palmer

  • Frances

    Fiction: The Appeal by John Grisham

  • Greg

    Fiction: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas; Non-fiction: The Physics of Star Trek by Laurence Krauss

  • Karl

    Non-fiction: Escape From Slavery by Francis Bok; While Europe Slept by Bruce Bawer

  • Phillip

    Fiction: Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams; Non-fiction: Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman

  • Rebecca

    Fiction: Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Non-fiction: The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant

  • Sam

    Fiction: The Broken Window by Jeffrey Deaver; Non-fiction: Cold Reading and How to Be Good at It: An Authoritative Book Vital to the Career of Every Actor by Basil Hoffman

  • Shella

    Fiction: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella; Non-fiction: On Writing by Stephen King; The Thank You Book by Robyn F. Spizman; Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham

  • Sheryl

    Fiction: A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby; We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel (P.S.) by Lionel Shriver; Non-fiction: The Poet at the Piano Portraits of Writers Filmmakers Playwrights and Other Artists at Work by Michiko Kakutani

  • Yvette

    Poetry: The Leaf and the Cloud by Mary Oliver; Non-fiction: On Writing by John Gardner

Please email your book recommendations to deckerling@cs.com. I will add any additional recommendations as they come in.

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  1. Alessandra 11 years ago

    Fiction: The Namesake by Juhmpa Lahiri, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Non-Fiction: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr.

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  3. Lizzie 11 years ago

    Great suggestions! I find writers are interested in information, and certainly with the election just behind us, and the mountains of information — and distorted information — hurtling upon us all, I think many of us would be interested in a book on FAILURES of information. It’s “Deadly Decisions,” and details a dozen major information disasters, including Three MIle Island, the USS Vincennes, 9/11 and the Challenger disaster.

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