Each year I set aside the month of January to read (and re-read) great books on writing. And each year I discover one or two worthy new titles to add to my bowed shelf of books on the topic.
I suppose the thrill of discovering a new great book on writing is a feeling shared only by fellow wordsmiths. But it is sweet, no? I distinctly remember the bookstore where in 2006 I discovered Virginia Tufte’s magnificent book Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. I return to her book every year to be inspired in the delicate art of sentence crafting. And I still remember the smell of the bookstore where I discovered Stanley Fish’s, How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One, in 2011. Like I said, finding great books on writing is memorable.
This past year I added four new impressive titles to my shelf, so I guess I’ll call them my favorite books of 2012 on writing:
- Jack Hart, Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction (University of Chicago)
- Douglas Wilson, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life (Canon)
- Constance Hale, Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing (W. W. Norton)
- Verlyn Klinkenborg, Several Short Sentences About Writing (Knopf)
4 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of 2012 on Writing”
Thanks for sharing, Tony. I loved Wilson’s. I’ll try to get a hold of the others.
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