What We’re Reading

Our founder, readers and editors love creative nonfiction. That’s why they spend free time putting this magazine together. This means you can absolutely trust their judgment when it comes to book recommendations.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite books, past and present. Sometimes we’ll stray from our CNF niche and — gasp! — suggest a work of fiction or other literary genre. The blurbs below aren’t full reviews, but rather a few points explaining why the book is a good read.

Also, comments are open on this page, so please feel free to share your own recommendations or thoughts on the books listed here.

Donna Talarico suggests…

The most recent memoir I’ve read was Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn. This book was on my reading list for my MA. I purchased it in 2008 but did not get around to reading it until 2011 after Amye Barrese Archer kept talking about it. I was like, “Crap, man! This book has been on my shelf for years.” I loved it. It was a wonderful coming-of-age tale mixed with tellings of Flynn’s father own younger years adventures. It was a captivating read and had a whole subtext of social commentary about the homeless. Loved it. It’s being made into a movie starring Robert DeNiro.

I’m also reading (as of April 2011) a nonfiction book The Seven Deadly Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers by Harvard professor Daniel L. Schacter. As of this writing, I’ve only read the introduction and I’m already blown away. This book is written by an academic and the last 50 pages or so are notes and citations. Just reading the introduction has given me a glimpse into the many ways we forget things. My favorite is “misattribution.” This is where we remember something, but perhaps get the time, source or location wrong. Everyone interested in memoir writing should read this book. I can’t wait to finish it!

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  • Patriciaflorio

    The Swan Thieves, read n audio by Ann Heche and Treat Williams, is a captivating page turner, as a psychiatrist tries to unvail the reason by a famous artist-art professor attacks the portrait Leda at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

  • Patricia Florio

    Nick Flynn is one of my favorite nonfiction authors. On par with his book Another Bullshit Night is the Tender Bar. Check it out!