Gorgeous and inspiring, Annie Dillard's The Writing Life is a memoir that hands the pen to the aspiring writer and whispers it into movement. Both story and instruction, Dillard encourages the reader-cum-writer with the same signature delicacy and poignancy that she captured in her more well-known works, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and An American Childhood. Do not be mislead - Dillard does not woo the reader into believing that writing is just a walk through a sweet-smelling rose garden. Her depiction of the true nature of this gritty, challenging craft arms the reader to approach writing with boldness, humility, and patience. This book is a perfect fit for those who admire poetry or long to be admired for their poetry. A wonderful read to enjoy outside after a walk or inside with a steaming cup of coffee.
Recommended by Leah Youse