What do writers read?

by lit.fic.reader@evpl on Tuesday, November 25 2008, 5:28pm. Viewed 940 times.

It's always intriguing to find out what  famous and newly acclaimed authors recommend from their current or past reading.  Parade, the Sunday magazine that is distributed by many newspapers (including the Evansville Courier & Press), publishes an occasional column, "Parade Picks", that features the recommendations of popular authors.  Recently, Nicholas Sparks commented on five novels that have moved him most.  Newsweek publishes a similar column in most of its issues, "A Life in Books", asking esteemed writers to list and comment on "My Five Most Important Books", "A Book You Always Return To" , "A Book You Hope Parents Read to Their Children", and "A Classic You've Revisited With Disappointment" (interesting to see how the passage of time can affect one's attitude towards a fondly-remembered book). 


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LorriKennedy wrote
on Friday, November 28 2008, 9:41pm

I am 46 and last year reread "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden" because a friend said she remembered it too.  After I read it I gave it to her.  It was a good read, but seemed much more dated than when I read it the first time in the late 70's.  

gawell@evpl wrote
on Saturday, December 6 2008, 2:02pm

"My Five Most Important Books" (today)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Stranger In A Strange land by Robert Heinlein

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey