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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Kristin Hannah

The author of Fly Away on the books that changed her worldview and kept her from her chores.

 

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Gigi Levangie

The author of Seven Deadlies on California's inspirations, chocolate factories, and how Raymond Chandler begat Breaking Bad.

 

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Tom Standage

The author of Writing on the Wall picks five of his favorite history books in different fields.

 

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Markus Zusak

The author of The Book Thief on winning tales adapted to film.

 

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Paul Harding

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Enon on perfect winter reading, Faulkner's "aesthetic psi," and the book that made him want to be a writer.

 

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David Leavitt

The author of The Two Hotel Francforts on the joys of getting lost in translation.

 

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Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Wild reading from the educator, raptor rehabilitator, and author of the stirring new wildlife guide The Urban Bestiary.

 

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Tom Perrotta

The author of Nine Inches on assorted lives in great biographies and memoirs.

 

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Amy Grace Loyd

The author and former Playboy literary editor on sexy books written by women.

 

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Jamie Ford

The Songs of Willow Frost author on "heartbreak for the whole family."

 

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Jhumpa Lahiri

The award-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and other works highlights some of her literary touchstones.

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Simon Doonan

The fashion icon on reading with style.

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Jason Mott

The author of The Returned on tales of family and folklore.

 

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Marisha Pessl

The author of Night Film on the books she always keeps close at hand.

 

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.