Everyone has their favorites. This is a list I've compiled over time from various sources.1. “Writing in General and the Short Story” in Particular by Rust Hills2. “Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction” by Catherine Brady3. “From Where You Dream” by Robert Olen Butler4. "How Fiction Works” by James Wood5. "Reading Like a Writer” by Francine Prose6. "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott 7. “Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life” by Charles Baxter and Peter Turchi8. “The Art of Subtext” by Charles Baxter9. “Wonderbook" by Jeff Vandermeer 10. "This Won't Take But A Minute Honey” by Steve Almond 11. “The Habit of Being: Letters" by Flannery O’Connor12. “The Story and Its Writer, An Introduction to Short Fiction” by Ann Charters 13. “The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity” by Louise DeSalvo14. Literary biographies: Hermione Lee's biographies of Penelope Fitzgerald and Willa Cather15. "the making of a story" by Alice LaPlante16. "The Art of the Short Story" by Dana Gioia and R.S. Gwynn17. Some MFA programs post their required reading lists online and are worth a look. UNC-Wilmington, for example, http://uncw.edu/writers/mfa/documents/mfareadinglist.pdf18. "Steering the Craft" by Ursula K. Le Guin19. "Writing Fiction" by Janet Burroway20. "Zen in the Art of Writing" by Ray Bradbury21. "Thrill Me" by Benjamin Percy22. "A Swim in a Pond in the Rain" by George Saunders23. "The Lie That Tells A Truth" by John Dufresne24. "Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer" by Roy Peter Clark25. "Object Lessons: the Paris Review presents the art of the short story"