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35 Books for Writers

We’re celebrating National Writing Month all November! If you’re writing a novel, fear not: here are some of the most helpful, inspiring, and practical writing books to keep you on track.

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    Bird by Bird

    by Anne Lamott

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    The Clothing of Books

    by Jhumpa Lahiri

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    Negotiating with the Dead

    by Margaret Atwood

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    $15.95

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    A Writer’s Life

    by Gay Talese

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    $26.00

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    How to Write Like Tolstoy

    by Richard Cohen

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    $28.00

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    A Writer’s Notebook

    by W. Somerset Maugham

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    The Kite and the String

    by Alice Mattison

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    The Sense of Style

    by Steven Pinker

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    $18.00

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    The Elements of Style Illustrated

    by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White

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    $18.00

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    On Teaching and Writing Fiction

    by Wallace Stegner

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    $15.00

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    Handling the Truth

    by Beth Kephart

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    $16.00

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    Letters to a Young Artist

    by Anna Deavere Smith

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    $15.95

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    Willa Cather On Writing

    by Willa Cather

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    Eats, Shoots & Leaves

    by Lynne Truss

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    The Hidden Writer

    by Alexandra Johnson

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    Story Genius

    by Lisa Cron

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    $15.99

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    Sister Mother Husband Dog

    by Delia Ephron

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    Create Dangerously

    by Edwidge Danticat

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    $15.95

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    Words for Pictures

    by Brian Michael Bendis

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    Storyboarding Essentials

    by David Harland Rousseau and Benjamin Reid Phillips

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    Make Comics Like the Pros

    by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente

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    $22.99

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    The Accidental Life

    by Terry McDonell

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    Writing from the Senses

    by Laura Deutsch

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    $14.95

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    Writing Hard Stories

    by Melanie Brooks

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    $16.95

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