Peter Gethers

The Ask Bob author on literature's best animal companions.

 

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Toby Barlow

The author of Babayaga on the books he "won't shut up about."

 

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Ivy Pochoda

Three books offering "strangulated rapture" and "hallucinatory poetry" to the author of Visitation Street.

 

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Beatriz Williams

The author of A Hundred Summers on tales of "the vintage beach."

 

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Allen C. Guelzo

The master historian on reading the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Karen Joy Fowler

On London spinsters, Japanese schoolgirls, and San Francisco steampunks.

 

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Daniel Vaughn

The Prophets of Smoked Meat's author on adventures in barbecue.

 

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Kristopher Jansma

On devotion, malice, and the pursuit of "something new" in fiction.

 

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Sheila Heti

Stories of duality and contrast from the author of How Should a Person Be?

 

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Domenica Ruta

The author of With or Without You on memoirs as revealing and captivating as her own.

 

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Anton DiSclafani

On journeys to prewar London, Kyoto's gardens, and an Oregon orchard.

 

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Dean Koontz

The suspense master on five books his beloved character Odd Thomas would recommend.

 

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Colum McCann

The author of the new novel TransAtlantic on his other favorite books of this year.

 

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Amy Brill

The Movement of Stars' author on thrilling tales of female scientists.

 

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Matthew Goodman

The author of Eighty Days on five literary voyages that find the narrative in history.

 

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Rick Atkinson

In honor of Memorial Day, the Guns at Last Light author on his favorite World War II books.

 

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Caroline Leavitt

Is This Tomorrow's author on suburban crimes, broken hearts, and bygone eras.

 

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Sophie Kinsella

The Wedding Night author on tales of love and matrimony.

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Meg Wolitzer

Compelling picks from the author of The Interestings.

 

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Anna Stothard

The author of The Pink Hotel recommends five beloved books.

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Roger Ebert: Reading and Remembrance

The groundbreaking critic, and three of his favorite works of fiction.

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Tupelo Hassman

The author of Girlchild on novels which share the freewheeling spirit of her own.  

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Bruce Levine

The Civil War historian on great books illuminating the epic battle.

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Francesco Pacifico

The Story of My Purity's author on dark humor, high expectations, and the Seinfeld of the eighteenth century.

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Sam Lipsyte

Fun picks from the author of The Fun Parts.

 

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Charlie LeDuff

The author of Detroit: An American Autopsy praises great reads on his beloved city.

 

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Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The authors of Top Dog champion five works on winning (and losing).

 

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Graham Swift

Imaginative classics from the novelist's bookshelf.

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Melanie Benjamin

The author of The Aviator's Wife on three beloved books.

 

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Thomas Mallon

The author of Watergate recommends three classic novels about the pursuit of power.

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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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.