Daisy Goodwin

The author of The Fortune Hunter on her favorite novels of history.

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Deborah Harkness

Favorite fictional families from the creator of the All Souls trilogy.

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Katie Crouch

The author of Abroad celebrates young women behaving badly.

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Lisa See

What unites the China Dolls author's favorite books? "Resiliency of the human spirit."

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Matthew Klein

The author of No Way Back on books that make you laugh, but really shouldn’t.

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Mona Simpson

Traveling to Naples, Russia, and California with the author of Casebook.

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Tom Rachman

Great literary "cons and deceptions," from the author of The Rise and Fall of Great Powers.

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Emma Donoghue

The author of Frog Music on popular science titles that will blow your mind.

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Rivka Galchen

The author of American Innovations on short stories as compelling as her own.

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Joshua Ferris

The author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour on "shaggy romps," G.I. Joe, and the poetic life of the Hubble Telescope.

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Jen Doll

The author of Save the Date on reading that reveals character.

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Stacey D'Erasmo

Tales of "passionate friendship" from the author of Wonderland.

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Iain Sinclair

The author of American Smoke on the books that inspired his journeys into "unknown geographies."

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Akhil Sharma

The books that inspired him to write Family Life.

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Pia Padukone

The author of Where Earth Meets Water on great novels of intertwined characters.

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Eric Van Lustbader

A master of the action genre on his favorite martial arts and samurai stories.

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Domenica Ruta

The Discover Award finalist and author of With or Without You on true dramas of Iraq, North Korea, and Americana.

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Sonali Deraniyagala

Stories of survival and the writing life, selected by the author of Wave.

 

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NoViolet Bulawayo

Three recommendations for lyrical exhilaration, from the author of We Need New Names.

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Justin St. Germain

2013's Discover Award winner for Nonfiction on three haunting profiles in courage.

 

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Anthony Marra

The winner of 2013's Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction on books which transported him to Prague, Chechnya, and the Greek Isles.

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Jackie Collins

One of the world's bestselling authors on three books that have inspired her own.

 

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J. L. Witterick

The author of My Mother's Secret on tales of empathy and hope.

 

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Chris West

The British historian takes us across the sea, via three great journeys into England's past.

 

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Ayana Mathis

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie's author champions five otherworldly books from "The Great Beyond."

 

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Rachel Joyce

Five unlikely heroes of fiction, championed by the author of Perfect and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

 

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Retha Powers

The editor of Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations on superb works from African-American writers.

 

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Jennifer duBois

The author of Cartwheel recommends great reading from Eliot to Egan.

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Laurie R. King

The author of The Bones of Paris on reading as la joie de vivre, and the books that inspired her thriller of France's roaring 1920s.

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Henry Hitchings

Discover etiquette's epistles with the author of Sorry!: The English and Their Manners.

 

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).