I think most authors would agree with Sam. I know I do. And here are some then books that have inspired me:

  • Ray Bradbury:  Zen in the Art of Writing
  • Marc Chagall:  My Life
  • Edna Buchanan:  The Corpse Had a Familiar Face
  • Frederick Buechner:  Yellow Leaves, Godrick, Love Feast
  • Harlan Coben:  the Myron Bolitar series
  • Annie Dillard:  The Writing Life, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, For the Time Being, Holy the Firm
  • Steve Hamilton:  The Lock Artist
  • Robert Henri:  The Art Spirit
  • Paul Kemprecos:  the Aristotle Socarides series
  • Anne Lamott:  Traveling Mercies, Bird by Bird
  • Steven Lindsay:  the Dexter series, especially Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dexter in the Dark
  • Rachel Lloyd:  Girls Like Us
  • Henri Nouwen:  The Inner Voice of Love and The Prodigal Son
  • Chaim Potok:  My Name Is Asher Lev, The Gift of Asher Lev, The Chosen, The Book of Lights
  • Lynn Truss:  Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  • Elie Wiesel:  Night, Messengers of God, From the Kingdom of Memory
  • Steven Havill:  the Posadas County series

I also enjoy the odd science magazine, like Discover, New Scientist, Popular Science, Wired, and Science Illustrated.  Reading well-written science—especially the kind that involves technology, gadgetry, and/or medicine—is almost as good as eating ice cream.



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