Recommended Books

“On a normal day, I have about seven books underway. I leave a few by my bed, one on the dining room table and a couple in the living room. Oh, and I have one in my car for waiting room appointments. Many people ask me what my favorite books are so I thought to compile a list. The list of course can change but my all-time favorites are below.”

Jules Swales


Bird by Bird
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Writing Down the Bones
The World's Greatest Short Stories
Lines of Vision
Show Your Work!
Escaping into the Open
Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir

Inner Reflections

Big Magic
Shift Your Mind Shift The World
A New Earth
The Four Agreements


A Poetry Handbook
Naked Song
Risking Everything
The Essential W.S. Merwin
Mayakovsky's Revolver
Stag's Leap
The Essential Rumi


The Hero's Journey
A Thousand Names for Joy
Women Who Run with the Wolves
The Untethered Soul

Other Books I Love

The Little Paris Bookshop
Where the Crawdads Sing
Wuthering Heights
The Diary of Anais Nin
Pride and Prejudice

Jack Grapes Books

Method Writing
Advanced Method Writing

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