Sixty-five concise and lively essays by some of today's most successful writers identify the books that proved pivotal to the shaping of their careers, in a volume that includes Harold Bloom on "Little, Big," Nelson DeMille on "Atlas Shrugged," and Sebastian Junger on "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
I was delighted that two of the authors wrote about the amazing life-changing book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Both Wally Lamb and Susan Vreeland write eloquently and emotionally about the power of Harper Lee's writing.
Susan Vreeland writes "Harper Lee's classic and timeless plea for tolerance, To Kill a Mockingbird, gives us hope that communities racked by ignorance and pretension can experience moments of grace. The lessons here are not just for children."
Suffice it to say that her page and 1/2 of text brought tears to my eyes.
Chris Bohjalian credits Joyce Carol Oates's book Expensive People and More
Kate Atkinson lauds Robert Coover's Pricksons & Descants
Sabastian Junger notes Dee Brown's Bury My Heart As Wounded Knee and a life-changing read.
Frank McCourt writes about William Shakespeare's Henvy VIII
“I finally got it: a book could do more than help you pass an exam, it could lift you up and sweep you away.”
“I don’t want to reread any of them now, for fear of finding they have aged as gracelessly as I have.”
One of the best ways to answer yourself when asking, "What should I read next?" is to have the recommendations of others and nowhere will better recommendations be found than in the recommendations of the people who craft books themselves.
This was a wonderful read and gave me a roadmap to many volumes I must now add to my own experience.