3. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott
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.
My 2 Cents: I can list the same author twice in a list of 5 if I want to! Since we can’t all just fly out to California and take a writing workshop with Anne, this is the next best thing. Best book I’ve ever read on writing…and the writer.