This was actually assigned reading senior year in my AP English class. I think I was the only "writer" in the class (though many were far better than me!) but all of us really enjoyed the book. It helps that Anne Lamott is just plain hilarious.
My parents gave this to me for Christmas in 2001. I loooooove this book. It's about time for me to reread it.
Reading these and doing the exercises really took my writing to another level. As did taking an all-day seminar from him last September. Fabulous stuff.
Okay, it's been years since I read this book, but it's on my shelf so I thought I'd mention it anyway. I think this was the first writing book he came out with, and when I ordered it back in 2007, it seems like I had to order it used off Amazon or something. I would probably get more out of it now that I actually am a novelist by trade, but apparently I liked it enough to put it on my shelf.
This is my favorite part of the writing process, and I think this book breaks it down in a very manageable way.
A Christmas gift from my brother-in-law (who had some help from my wish list.) This is my new favorite writing book. I've quoted it on here a bunch, and I'll quote it on here a lot more. I loved everything about this book, down to the layout and chapter sizes.
So those are my favorite craft books. There are tons and tons out there, most of which I haven't read. These are definitely worth your time and money.