books by your request 2023-03-09
English books by your request 2023-03-09
1. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style.
It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.
Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre,
On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.
2. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine. The land mine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together. Now, it’s your turn. Jump!”
Zest. Gusto. Curiosity. These are the qualities every writer must have, as well as a spirit of adventure. In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing.
Here are practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft—everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style—as well as the inside story of Bradbury’s own remarkable career as a prolific author of novels, stories, poems, films, and plays.
Zen in the Art of Writing is more than just a how-to manual for the would-be writer: it is a celebration of the act of writing itself that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you.
Bradbury encourages us to follow the unique path of our instincts and enthusiasms to the place where our inner genius dwells, and he shows that success as a writer depends on how well you know one subject: your own life.
3. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
For more than twenty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops.
In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice–“it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind.”
This edition includes a new preface and an interview with the author.
4. Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen
The Long-Awaited, Enormously Entertaining Memoir by One of the Great Artists of Our Time—Now a New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller.
In this candid and often hilarious memoir, the celebrated director, comedian, writer, and actor offers a comprehensive, personal look at his tumultuous life.
Beginning with his Brooklyn childhood and his stint as a writer for the Sid Caesar variety show in the early days of television, working alongside comedy greats, Allen tells of his difficult early days doing standup before he achieved recognition and success.
With his unique storytelling pizzazz, he recounts his departure into moviemaking, with such slapstick comedies as Take the Money and Run, and revisits his entire, sixty-year-long, and enormously productive career as a writer and director, from his classics Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Annie and Her Sisters to his most recent films, including Midnight in Paris.
Along the way, he discusses his marriages, his romances and famous friendships, his jazz playing, and his books and plays.
We learn about his demons, his mistakes, his successes, and those he loved, worked with, and learned from in equal measure.
This is a hugely entertaining, deeply honest, rich and brilliant self-portrait of a celebrated artist who is ranked among the greatest filmmakers of our time.
5. Journals by Kurt Cobain
Nella sua breve quanto tormentata vita Kurt Cobain, vera e propria leggenda della musica contemporanea, riempì quaderni e quaderni di poesie, schizzi, appunti, annotando i suoi progetti per i Nirvana, le sue riflessioni sulla fama e sulla notorietà, il suo pensiero sulla musica e sull’ambiente di produttori, discografici, fans.
Al momento della morte sono stati ritrovati più di venti di questi quaderni che, rimasti chiusi in una cassaforte fino a poco tempo fa, sono stati pubblicati in questo volume, che riporta, oltre ai testi, le riproduzioni fotografiche dei disegni e delle pagine più significative. I “Diari” offrono l’occasione per conoscere il vero volto di un artista poliedrico, uno dei musicisti più importanti della storia del rock.
6. Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power by William Brohaugh
These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence.
Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold.? -Dean Koontz Foreword by Lawrence Block Not since The Elements of Style has a writing guide had the ability to turn a writer’s work around so effectively. Every writer struggles with keeping their prose focused and concise, but surprisingly few books address this essential topic.
Write Tight is an informative and utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on. William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer’s Digest, goes beyond the discussion on redundancy and overwriting to take on evasiveness, affectations, roundabout writing, tangents and ?invisible?
words. Other topics include: -Outlining the four levels of wordiness -Identifying 16 types of flabby writing -Exercises that help writers avoid wordiness -Streamlining through sidebars and checklists -Tests that show how concise a writer’s prose is ?
Write Tight is a supremely valuable, ?must-have? for aspiring writers in all fields from prose to nonfiction, journalistic copy, screenwriting and so much more.? -Midwest Book Review
7. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker
Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?
In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more.
Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.
In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical knowhow, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others.
He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish.
Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.
8. The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience by Chuck Wendig
The journey to become a successful writer is long, fraught with peril, and filled with difficult questions: How do I write dialogue? How do I build suspense? What should I know about query letters? How do I start?
The best way to answer these questions is to ditch your uncertainty and transform yourself into a KICK-ASS writer.
This new book from award-winning author Chuck Wendig combines the best of his eye-opening writing instruction previously available in e-book form only with all-new insights into writing and publishing.
It’s an explosive broadside of gritty advice that will destroy your fears, clear the path, and help you find your voice, your story, and your audience.
You’ll explore the fundamentals of writing, learn how to obtain publication, and master the skills you need to build an army of dedicated fans.
No task is too large or small for the kick-ass writer. With his trademark acerbic wit and gut-punch humor, Wendig will explain:
How to build suspense, craft characters, and defeat writer’s block.
How to write a scene, an ending even a sentence.
Blogging techniques, social media skills, and crowdfunding.
How to write a query letter, talk to agents, and deal with failure and success!
Whether you’re just starting out or you need one more push to get you over the top, two things are for certain a kick-ass writer never quits, and chuck Wendig won’t let you down in this high-octane guide to becoming the writer you were born to be.
9. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write.
[It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.
Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”
With this basic instruction always in mind, Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer’s life. From “Getting Started,’ with “Short Assignments,” through “Shitty First Drafts,” “Character,” “Plot,” “Dialogue.”
all the way from “False Starts” to “How Do You Know When You’re Done?” Lamott encourages, instructs, and inspires.
She discusses “Writers Block,” “Writing Groups,” and “Publication.” Bracingly honest, she is also one of the funniest people alive.
If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you.
From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life.