My BookShelves Are Fabulous!


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Do any of you native New Yorkers remember the Murder Ink bookstore on that used to be on Manhattan’s Upper Westside? I think it was somewhere near W83rd Street and West End Avenue. I LOVED that place! I was there pretty much everyday afterschool running my little nine, ten and eleven year old fingers over the titles on those shelves. Spending so much time in that tiny, little neighborhood bookstore taught me a couple of lessons. First, your environment shapes you. I know, I know, you were expecting something earth shifting and mind evolving right? Look, I never said I was a philosopher! But listen, I was 10 and 11 year old kid who spent her afternoons watching scores of people spend their hard-earned money on books. The lesson? Books were important and essential like groceries and gas and the mortgage and air. Yeah, that’s right, books were like air…

CROPPED FB_IMG_1454438554757Second, books were unifiers. Unifiers of cultures, religions, sexes, thoughts, ideas and politics. Why? Because everybody loves a good story! Time and time again I saw complete strangers come into that bookstore and commune about their love of a great piece of fiction or an awesome scene, or a spectacular villain. Yup, books turned human beings, separate and apart human beings, into commonly connected people.

So in my efforts to help support life on earth and humankind, I thought I’d share some of my bookshelves with you. Take a look below for the titles of some of my favorite pieces of fiction and some of the books I’ve used over the years to study the craft and process of writing fiction.

Go on, take a look so we can tee-hee and cackle over plot twists, characters and style.

Come on. It’ll be fun. Let’s go…

The Stories
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Arrow Of God by Chinua Achebe
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
Dilemma Of A Ghost by Ama  Ata Aidoo
Glorious by Bernice McFadden
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
Nervous Conditions by TsiTsi Dangaremba
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Parable Of The Sower by Octavia Butler
Passing by Nella Larsen
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba
Some Soul To Keep by J. California Cooper
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Autobiography of An Ex-Coloured Man by James Weldon Johnson
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Living Blood by Tananarive Due
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiongo
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Waiting In Vain by Colin Channer

The Craft
45 Master Characters
Elements of Fiction – Beginnings, Middle and Ends
Elements of Fiction – Characters and Viewpoint
Elements of Fiction – Scene  and Structure
Plot and Structure (Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that Grips Readers from Start to Finish)
Psychology for Screenwriters: Building Conflict in Your Script
Social Media for  Writers
Story Structure Architect: A Writer’s Guide to Building Dramatic Situations and Compelling Characters
The Describer’s Dictionary:
A Treasury of Terms and Literary Quotations
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writers Guide to Character Expression
The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of The Rejection Pile
The Hero With An African Face: Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
The Writers Guide to Character Traits

All content © 2013 Lisa B. DuBois

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