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Non-Fiction and Writing Books

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon A great book about being a creative person and how to manage a presence on social media, but also a great meditation on how to keep yourself working without being too worried about ďdoing it wrong.Ē Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig Matt Haig talks a lot on-line about depression as a writer, and this book is a very in-depth look at a long, depressive episode in his life. But itís not depressing for the reader. There is always the sense that you can get through this, and some ideas on how he did it.
The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown I listened to this on audio and itís a recording of Brene Brown with an audience. I really liked the way she interacted with them and I loved hearing her voice rather than the audiobooks of hers read by someone else I tried. Brown talks a lot about shame and vulnerability in ways that echo what I do when I talk about being more authentic. The Grace to Race by Sister Madonna Buder I loved this autobiography of Madonna Buder, the Iron nun, an 80+ yr old woman who still races Ironman regularly. I want to be her when I grow up. She started running in her 50s and made some incredible times even then!
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates More of my attempt to read more diversely, this is a series of essays to the black son of a black author and through them, my world view was expanded. If you donít understand Black Lives Matter, this is the book to read. The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman A great collection of essays and speeches from someone who is rightfully seen as a super-star creative. Some Iíd read before, but others I hadnít. Not a book you read straight through. Pick and choose and youíll find yourself going back to other things later.
A Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg I blurbed this excellent memoir of a mother who is battling cancer. Find a Way by Diana Nyad A great nonfiction about Diana Nyadís quest to swim from Cuba to Florida. As a swimmer, this really gripped me. Her stories about swimming for hours on end in pools to practice, and then the heartbreaking, real-life failures due to jellyfish bites. Oh! Wow!
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert This book about being creative hits a lot of the same notes that I do, about living with fear and being authentic. I loved the story about the book idea that goes to someone else if you refuse it, and just the general sense of how big and generous creativity is to us, if we let it be.

Copyright Mette Ivie Harrison 2017 all rights reserved.
Last revised November 3, 2017.