Raymond Chandler: Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window (Library of America) by Raymond Chandler, http://www.amazon.com/dp/1883011078/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_jdQ7rb0R0Y75Q
I discovered Anne Morrow Lindbergh's diary by accident. I read this one first. It was truly her greatest, although I loved them all. Her joy being married and traveling with her husband, her pregnancy and birth were triumphs, her pain and sorrow, still raw on the page as her firstborn was stolen from her. These books reminded me that everyday musings and thoughts are important. They represent a life lived.
The Writing Life by Dillard, Annie published by Harper Perennial