Memoir/Personal EssaysWriting the Memoir: From Truth to Art (The Eighth Mountain Press) by Judith Barrington.
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative (Farrar, Straus Giroux) by Vivian Gornick.
Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir (Mariner Books) Edited by William Zinsser.
Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories (It Books), edited by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman.
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (It Books) by Robert McKee.
Mystery/ThrillerThe Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery (Dell) by Robert J Ray and Jack Remick.
How I Write: Secrets of a Best-selling Author (St. Martin’s Griffin) by Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof.
How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters (St. Martin’s Press) by James N Frey.
Children’s/Young-Adult BooksHow to Write a Children’s Book and Get It Published (Wiley) by Barbara Seuling.
Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal (Sourcebooks) by Regina Brooks.
PoetryThe Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (WW Norton) by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux.
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop (Tilbury House) by Steve Kowit.
General/Literary FictionThe Modern Library Writer’s Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction (Modern Library) by Stephen Koch.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor) by Anne Lamott
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers (Vintage) by John Gardner.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Scribner) by Stephen King.
Narrative NonfictionTelling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University (Plume), edited by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call.
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (Little, Brown) by Roy Peter Clark.
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (HarperCollins) by William Zinsser.
Comment: FYI. The author describes the contents of each book briefly. RayS.
Title: “20 Must-have Books by Writing Genre.” Chuck Leddy. The Writer (April 2012), 19-21.