Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth’s Children Series, by Jean Auel

Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh – check out my review of Ottessa’s use of structure and narrative momentum in Eileen.

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

House of the Spirits, by Isabell Allende

Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett 

Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay

Drowning Ruth, Christina Schwarz

Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell


Wild, by Cheryl Strayed – check out my review of Wild’s story structure. 

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, by Jennifer Worth

Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women’s Prison, by Piper Kerman

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls 

Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt

The Pilgrimage: by Paulo Coelho

Sleepwalk With Me, by Mike Birbiglia

A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Kimmel

Driving With Dead People, by Monica Holloway

Books on Writing

Thinking Like Your Editor, by Susan Rabiner & Alfred Fortunato

How To Write A Book Proposal, by Michael Larson

Plot & Structure, by James Scott Bell 

The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business Of Being Funny, by Steve Kaplan

Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint, by Nancy Kress

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee

The Marshall Plan For Novel Writing, by Evan Marshall

The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: by Lee Gutkind

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative, by Vivian Gornick

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott


Longform – Longform Podcast #144: Cheryl Strayed

On the Media

The Art of Manliness

The Brookings Cafeteria

Dear Sugar Radio

The Moth

On Being

This American Life

ScriptnotesDiary of a First-Time Director

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert


99U: Brene Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

Ithaca College Distinguished Speaker, Geena Davis: “Gender Equality in The Modern Media”

Finding Joe, a documentary about Joseph Campbell

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