12 Books on Story

On the first day of Solstice, my true love gave to me the subversive power of ancient story. On the second day of solstice my true love gave to me…

I think you get the idea.

Happy Holidays, friends!!!!

Here is my list of 2022’s books (one book per month) on the topic of story (watch the video to hear the backstory on my annual reading topics). So much love to you and your loved ones. I hope you enjoy some these in the coming year and that they encourage you to remember that YOUR STORY MATTERS. (By the way, the titles with the stars next to them were my favorites).

**Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of Ancient Myths by Helen Morales

***Casandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser

The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination  by Sandra M. GilbertSusan GubarLisa Appignanesi  (Truth: still working through this one. It’s thick.)

Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar

**The Heroine with 1001 Faces by Martha Tatar

**Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine’s Journey by Jody Gentian Bower

To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction by Phillip Lopate

The Virgin’s Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual, and Sexual Awakening by Kim Hudson

Story Revisions: Narrative Therapy in the Postmodern World by Alan Perry (this one is a text book from my therapy school days, but I reread it because I remembered it to be my favorite examination of how change happens when working with our personal stories. I think it’s worth reading even if you aren’t a practitioner.)

**Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (If you know me, you know I’m reading this book perpetually. This year the story of the Little Match Girl was especially meaningful to me.)

Storycatcher: Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story by Christina Baldwin

The Writer’s Journey: The Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler

So there is my list, friends. I hope you’ll pick up a few of these in the coming year and give them a read! Let me know how you like them.

May you have a blessed, peaceful season.

And don’t forget to sign up for our THIRD annual Write That Book Already virtual conference!!

PS: If you want to give me a holiday gift in return, I’m looking for books for my 2023 topic: “Off grid/off the beaten track living.” The context is that I’m building a yurt on some property my grandparents owned in Eastern Washington, and the only thing I’ve read on homesteading/building/off grid living is the old Laura Ingalls Wilder books, so… enlighten me! What should I read?

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