I get asked this question, literally, every day. By friends, family, friends of family members and strangers who refuse to observe basic fundamental rules of personal space: 1) leaning their
shoulders in just a tad too near or 2) craning their necks over my
shoulder just an inch or two too far, wanting desperately it seems, to know the name of that book.
Well, if you would give me some room, I’ll tell you:
- Eleven Minutes
by Paulo Coelho. It will change the way you have (or don’t have) sex. Enough said.Re-reading
- Big Cats
by Holiday Reinhorn. Because she is perfect at the short story and I have to try to be when I interview her in a few weeks.Latest, greatest recommended title
- Woman Who Run With the Wolves
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I found myself having what I feared was a sacrilegious thought while reading it (I have since decided that the gods will forgive me.) Note to all creative women
: Own a copy of this text. If you pick it up and it doesn’t move you, DO NOT BE DETERRED. Place it on your shelf/nightstand, back away and come back to it 365 days. But get yourself a copy TODAY.Body of work study
: Joan Didion – I am reading both The Year of Magical Thinking
and The White Album
. The simplicity and precision that she employs in her writing is something to aspire to.On again, off again
- Salvation: Black people and Love
by bell hooks. This is information I can use over and over and over again.
Right now some of you are thinking “No wonder it’s taking her so long to get back to me.” Hush. Your letter is on its way.
Lorraine and James
By the way, have you checked out the new site? What do you think?