Brian collects pocket change throughout the year in a pink and teal container (the colors were not of his choosing). Come December, the money is carted off to the local Coin-Star where it’s exchanged for an Amazon gift certificate, which is then tucked into my Christmas stocking. This past year, a record breaking balance of $67.81 yielded a bundle of literary delight–one being The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life by Nava Atlas.

Inspiration and advice from twelve celebrated women authors cover 180 sleek pages. Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott and Madeleine L’Engle just to name a few.

Chapter topics include:

  • Becoming a Writer
  • Developing a Voice
  • Conquering Inner Demons
  • Rejection and Acceptance

Excerpts from personal writing journals, literary work, and interviews provide “a treasury of intimate glimpses into the unfolding creative process across twelve brilliant careers.” Illustrations and rare photographs bring each author to life.

Lift those couch cushions and turn your pockets inside out. The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life is worth every penny!