Staff Picks by Tag

Staff Pick Badge
Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need By Blake Snyder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781932907001
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Michael Wiese Productions - May 25th, 2005

After years in the film industry Blake Snyder identified a pattern about the movies we love. What he discovered changed the world of screenwriting forever. Explained in 13 easy to digest steps, his breakdown for aspiring screenwriters is called The Beat Sheet. This book (and series) will change the way you think about not only writing but watching movies. It is a MUST read for anyone ready to see their story on the big screen!

Review by Brandon

Staff Pick Badge
Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538717950
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 7th, 2020

Essential for Palahniuk fans as well as writers wanting to learn from a seasoned pro. He gives you behind-the-scenes insight into his infamous story, Guts, his eventful book tours, and, of course, Fight Club. He also tells you how to write a damn good story, he should know. You don't have to take his word as God but you are guaranteed, regardless, to be entertained.

Review by Emily

Staff Pick Badge
The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives By Nancy Pearl, Jeff Schwager Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062968500
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: HarperOne - September 8th, 2020

Have you ever wanted to know what Dave Eggers read when he was a kid? What is Louise Erdrich reading right now? Book nerds Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager (librarian/author and playwright, respectively) pick the brains of other book nerds (famous writers) about the books that made them who they are. If you want some good recommendations from authors you trust as well as insight into their writing and reading lives, this is the book for you!

Review by Emily

Staff Pick Badge
Drifts: A Novel By Kate Zambreno Cover Image
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9780593087213
Published: Riverhead Books - May 19th, 2020

This uniquely written novel tells the story of the author's journey to write a novel that is due to her publisher. It takes place in a 2yr span leading up to the 2016 election and birth of her child. It's honest, raw and made me miss NYC terribly. 

Review by Rosa