One of Cook's five must reads on the writing life, as told to The Daily Beast:
A Box of MatchesRead about another book on the list.
by Nicholson Baker
In my view, writing is first of all observation, and this small but deeply instructive book is devoted to the closest of observations, literally the space that can be illuminated by a single match. But be warned, the action here is mostly in the eyes of the beholder.