Will Self

Inspiring tales of psychology and old Britain from the author of Umbrella.

 

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Hari Kunzru

The novelist highlights three modern classics from around the world.

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Adriana Trigiani

Three wide-ranging reads from the novelist's shelves.

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Leigh Stein

The author of The Fallback Plan shares three favorites.

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Favorites of 2012: Jami Attenberg

The author of The Middlesteins on her favorite reading of the year.

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Anne Lamott

The author of Help, Thanks, Wow  on the books she's loved -- and lied about.

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David Abrams

The Fobbit author picks three comic favorites from the American South.

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Melissa Walker

Three favorites from the YA novelist's shelves.

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Jon Meacham

The author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power recommends books that illuminate American history.

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Scares for Scribes

Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and others recommend chilling reads for the season.

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Victor LaValle

The author of The Devil in Silver picks three haunting favorites.

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Michael Ennis

Three favorites from the historical novelist's shelves.

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Will Schwalbe

The author of The End of Your Life Book Club picks three favorites about love.

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Salman Rushdie

A master storyteller's favorite memoirs.

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Susan Straight

Books about fierce mothers and their children from the novelist's shelves.

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Katie Roiphe

The author of In Praise of Messy Lives picks three favorites.

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Lee Child

Three thrillers by guys named Joe picked by a master of the genre.

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Madeline Miller

The author of The Song of Achilles picks three favorites that have lingered in her imagination.

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Dustin Thomason

Three favorites from the 12.21 author's shelves.

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Lizz Winstead

The co-creator of The Daily Show picks three favorites.

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Laura Moriarty

The author of The Chaperone chooses her three favorite works of historical fiction.

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Tana French

The mystery author picks three favorites.

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Marcus Samuelsson

Flavorful reading from the chef's shelves -- and kitchen.

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Jenny Lawson

The Bloggess recommends three books to remind readers of the darker side of life.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

Reading favorites selected by the singer-songwriter.

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Mark Haddon

Mind-expanding reading from the novelists bookshelf.

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Shawn Colvin

The singer-songwriter recommends three favorites.

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Paul French

The author of Midnight in Peking on masterpieces of true crime writing.

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Linda Fairstein

Three classics from the bestselling author's bookshelf.

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Antony Beevor

The author and historian on books that shed light on a global cataclysm.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.