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Favorite Books


I LOVE to read, and I have eclectic tastes. We know reading helps one learn to write. So here are some of my all time favorites, in no particular order. Fiction & non-fiction.


Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

Columbine by Dave Cullen

We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun

Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout

Euphoria by Lily King

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

To Asmara by Thomas Keneally

Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd

The House Gun by Nadine Gordimer

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Dubliners by James Joyce (I especially love the last short story in this college, "The Dead.")

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote



A lot of these books take place in other parts of the world too, because I love to be transported.


Also, once I find an author I like, I often read everything they've written. The book listed above is the favorite of that author. But I've loved everything by Elizabeth Strout. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of the most profound & powerful books I've ever read. I've also read most of Tim O'Brien's, Penelope Lively's & Lilly King's books. Many by Ann Patchett & Nadine Gordimer. And I've read many of these more than once.


What are some of your favorites?

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