Best Romance Fiction Writing Reference Books
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1. All About Love: New Visions
Author: by bell hooks
William Morrow Paperbacks
The acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks’ “Love Song to the Nation, All About Love is a revelation about what causes a polarized society and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces.
The word love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb, writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, renowned scholar, cultural critic and feminist bell hooks offers a proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness-not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity.
People are divided, she declares, by society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. As bell hooks uses her incisive mind to explore the question What is love? Her answers strike at both the mind and heart. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation.
2. Hungry Hearts: Essays on Courage, Desire, and Belonging
Author: by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
Published at: The Dial Press (February 9, 2021)
Sixteen innovators, creatives, and thought leadersAustin Channing Brown, Sue Monk Kidd, and Luvvie Ajayi Jones, among othersshare intimate stories of uncovering beauty and potential through moments of fear, loss, heartbreak, and uncertainty. You’ll find kindred spirits in these tales of resilience, transformation, and joy.
TimeOver the course of four years, the traveling love rally called Together Live brought together diverse storytellers for epic evenings of laughter, music, and hard-won wisdom to huge audiences across the country. Well-known womxn (and the occasional man) from all walks of life shared their most vulnerable truths in a radical act of love, paving the way for healing in the face of adversity.
Now, off the stage and on the pages of Hungry Hearts, sixteen of these beloved speakers offer moving, inspiring, deeply personal essays as a reminder that we can heal from grief and that divisions can be repaired. Bozoma Saint John opens herself up to love after loss; Cameron Esposito confronts the limits of self-reliance in the wake of divorce; Ashley C.
3. Wow, No Thank You.: Essays
Author: by Samantha Irby
Published at: Vintage (March 31, 2020)
AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*From Samantha Irby, beloved author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, a rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays. Stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny…. Irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye.
Jia TolentinoIrby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads.
This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with “tv executives slash amateur astrologers” while being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,” “with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees,” who still hides past due bills under her pillow.
4. Dear Paris: The Paris Letters Collection
Author: by Janice MacLeod
Published at: Andrews McMeel Publishing (March 9, 2021)
Be transported to the banks of the Seine, a corner boulangerie, or beneath the Eiffel Tower with these beautifully illustrated vignettes of life in the City of Light. What began as a way to fund travel became ten years of a letter subscription service delivering thousands of painted letters to subscribers who delight in fun mail!
Eat, Pray, Love meets Claude Monet in this epistolary ode to Paris. What started as a whim in a Latin Quarter caf blossomed into Janice MacLeod’s yearslong endeavor to document and celebrate life in Paris, sending monthly snippets of her paintings and writings to the mailboxes of ardent followers around the world.
Now, Dear Paris collects the entirety of the Paris Letters project: 140 illustrated messages discussing everything from macarons to Montmartre. For readers familiar with the city, Dear Paris is a rendezvous with their own memories, like the first time they walked along the Champs-lyses or the best pain au chocolat they’ve ever tasted.
Author: by Grant Achatz
Published at: 10 Speed Press; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2008)
The debut cookbook from the restaurant Gourmet magazine named the best in the country. A pioneer in American cuisine, chef Grant Achatz represents the best of the molecular gastronomy movement-brilliant fundamentals and exquisite taste paired with a groundbreaking approach to new techniques and equipment.
ALINEA showcases Achatz’s cuisine with more than 100 dishes (totaling 600 recipes) and 600 photographs presented in a deluxe volume. Three feature pieces frame the book: Michael Ruhlman considers Alinea’s role in the global dining scene, Jeffrey Steingarten offers his distinctive take on dining at the restaurant, and Mark McClusky explores the role of technology in the Alinea kitchen.
Buyers of the book will receive access to a website featuring video demonstrations, interviews, and an online forum that allows readers to interact with Achatz and his team. “Achatz is something new on the national culinary landscape: a chef as ambitious as Thomas Keller who wants to make his mark not with perfection but with constant innovation …
6. Out of Africa (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
Author: by Isak Dinesen
Published at: Modern Library (September 5, 1992)
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timeIn this book, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives: of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom: of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her: of primitive festivals: of big game that were her near neighbors-lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes-and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful.
The Random House colophon made its debut in February 1927 on the cover of a little pamphlet called “Announcement Number One.” Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, the company’s founders, had acquired the Modern Library from publishers Boni and Liveright two years earlier.
One day, their friend the illustrator Rockwell Kent stopped by their office. Cerf later recalled, “Rockwell was sitting at my desk facing Donald, and we were talking about doing a few books on the side, when suddenly I got an inspiration and said, ‘I’ve got the name for our publishing house.
7. Communion: The Female Search for Love (Love Song to the Nation)
Author: by bell hooks
Published at: William Morrow Paperbacks; 33539th edition (December 24, 2002)
Renowned visionary and theorist bell hooks began her exploration of the meaning of love in American culture with the critically acclaimed All About Love: New Visions. She continued her national dialogue with the bestselling Salvation: Black People and Love. Now hooks culminates her triumphant trilogy of love with Communion: The Female Search for Love.
Intimate, revealing, provocative, Communion challenges every female to courageously claim the search for love as the heroic journey we must all choose to be truly free. In her trademark commanding and lucid language, hooks explores the ways ideas about women and love were changed by feminist movement, by women’s full participation in the workforce, and by the culture of self-help.
Communion is the heart-to-heart talk every woman – mother, daughter, friend, and lover – needs to have.
8. Fangirl: A Novel
Author: by Rainbow Rowell
Published at: Wednesday Books; Reprint edition (November 6, 2018)
In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her lifeand she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Reading.Rereading.
Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates.
Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words …
And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life?
9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: by Mindy Kaling
Published at: Crown; 0 edition (September 18, 2012)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this hilarious instant classic, the creator of The Mindy Project and Never Have I Ever invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood. [Kaling is] like Tina Fey’s cool little sister.Or perhaps …
The next Nora Ephron. The New York Times Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleckimpersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages).
10. Our Bucket List Adventures: A Journal for Couples (Activity Books for Couples Series)
Author: by Ashley Kusi
Published at: Our Peaceful Family; 1st edition (July 19, 2018)
Our Bucket List Adventures: A Journal for Couples Our Bucket List Adventures is the perfect bucket list journal for couples. With this couples journal, you’ll be able to: 1. Create 50 unique bucket list goals you want to accomplish together. More specifically, there is an activity section for couples to brainstorm before choosing their bucket list items together.2.
Journal your bucket list adventure memories together.3. Have a place to put your favorite photo that captures your bucket list goal experience, or scrapbook memorabilia. Also, there are 5 engaging questions for couples to use as conversation starters after journaling their bucket list experience to reflect on the time shared.
What’s more, this bucket list book for couples includes: – 115 Bucket list ideas for couples. A Bucket List Finder page to record the bucket list goals you have accomplished as you journal, for easy reference and better organization. 50 Bucket List Journaling pages to write your bucket list experiences.
11. Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book
Author: by Courtney Maum
Published at: Catapult (January 7, 2020)
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about publishing but were too afraid to ask is right here in this funny, candid guide written by an acclaimed author. There are countless books on the market about how to write better but very few books on how to break into the marketplace with your first book.
Cutting through the noise (and very mixed advice) online, while both dispelling rumors and remaining positive, Courtney Maum’s Before and After the Book Deal is a oneofakind resource that can help you get your book published. Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book has over 150 contributors from all walks of the industry, including international bestselling authors Anthony Doerr, Roxane Gay, Garth Greenwell, Lisa Ko, R.O.
Kwon, Rebecca Makkai, and Ottessa Moshfegh, alongside cult favorites Sarah Gerard, Melissa Febos, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Mira Jacob. Agents, film scouts, film producers, translators, disability and minority activists, and power agents and editors also weigh in, offering advice and sharing intimate anecdotes about even the most taboo topics in the industry.
12. Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books) (Volume 1)
Author: by Gwen Hayes
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (April 2, 2016)
What makes a romance novel a romance? How do you write a kissing book? Writing a well-structured romance isn’t the same as writing any other genresomething the popular novel and screenwriting guides don’t address. The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arcnot the other way around.
Told in conversational (and often irreverent) prose, Romancing the Beat can be read like you are sitting down to coffee with romance editor and author Gwen Hayes while she explains story structure. The way she does with her clients. Some of whom are regular inhabitants of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system. The beats don’t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a beat check when you’re revising. Pantsers and plotters are both welcome.
So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let’s talk about kissing books.
13. 5,000 WRITING PROMPTS: A Master List of Plot Ideas, Creative Exercises, and More
Author: by Bryn Donovan
Published at: Munds Park Publishing (March 6, 2019)
For writers.For thinkers.For dreamers. 5,000 Writing Prompts is the must-have resource for novelists, short story writers, screenwriters, creative writing teachers, bloggers, memoir writers, playwrights, improv actors, and other creators. It’s not only for people with writer’s block, but also for people who want to write faster and make their stories richer and better.
It includes150 plot ideas for each of these genres: fantasy, science fiction, mystery, romance, young adult, historical fiction, and general fictionhundreds of other master plots from classic fiction and mythologyhundreds of dialogue, character, and setting prompts100 poetry exerciseshundreds of prompts for personal writing and journaling500 blog post ideasand much more!
From the author of Master Lists for Writers, this comprehensive book is filled with inspiration. Let it spark your imagination and remind you that your creative possibilities are truly endless.
14. All About Us: For the Two of You: Guided Journal
Author: by Philipp Keel
Published at: Harmony; Illustrated edition (January 11, 2000)
With over a million copies sold, this powerful guided journal for couples is designed to deepen your relationship. Now featuring a new cover, layout, and paper for easier writing! With questions about romance and sex, daily routines and the life of your dreams, All About Us will help you and your partner discover more about yourselves and each other than you ever imagined possible.
Whether you fill it out together, separately, or ask and answer questions aloud, this unique book gets to the heart of the matterand proves that, as always, love is the answer.
15. Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture
Author: by William E. Wallace
Published at: Universe; Deluxe Leather Bound With Gold Foil Stamping edition (September 8, 2009)
With an engaging text by renowned Michelangelo scholar William E. Wallace, Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture brings together in one exquisite volume the powerful sculptures, the awe-inspiring paintings, and the classical architectural works of one of the greatest artists of all time.
Including everything from his sculptures Piets and David to his beautiful paintings of the Sistine Chapel and the Doni Tondo, the book provides an opportunity to view Michelangelo’s work as never before, and to more fully understand the artist who, through his work, spoke of his life and times.
The frescoes are specially printed on onion skin paper to recreate the actual appearance of light reflecting off of the plaster walls. The stunning black-and-white photography of the sculptures is printed in four colors to bring out the rich details of the marble.