When I am lost, without inspiration, without guidance, I turn to the nonfiction writings of Annie Dillard. An American Childhood fills me with reverie and awe; The Writing Life rekindles my passion for writing the word, and Living by Fiction my passion for reading it. But none of her books has shown me the way more than her Pulitzer Prize–winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Reading this book has continually set me on a path to find my own Tinker Creek—a place where the living world is illuminated and I understand more clearly the fine line between life and death.
(Nonfiction; 1974; repr., Harper Perennial, 1998)