The Writer's Library
The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives
by Nancy Pearl; Jeff Schwager
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Pub Date 08 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 03 Nov 2020
HarperCollins Publishers, HarperOne
NEW & NOTEWORTHY ~ THE NEW YORK TIMES
With a Foreword by Susan Orlean, twenty-three of today's living literary legends, including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon, reveal the books that made them think, brought them joy, and changed their lives in this intimate, moving, and insightful collection from "American's Librarian" and recipient of the National Book Foundation's Literarian Award for Outstanding Service Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager that celebrates the power of literature and reading to connect us all.
Before Jennifer Egan, Louise Erdrich, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jonathan Lethem became revered authors, they were readers. In this ebullient book, America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl and noted-playwright Jeff Schwager interview a diverse range of America's most notable and influential writers about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark.
Illustrated with beautiful line drawings, The Writer’s Library is a revelatory exploration of the studies, libraries, and bookstores of today’s favorite authors—the creative artists whose imagination and sublime talent make America's literary scene the wonderful, dynamic world it is. A love letter to books and a celebration of wordsmiths, The Writer’s Library is a treasure for anyone who has been moved by the written word.
The authors in The Writer’s Library are:Russell BanksTC BoyleMichael ChabonSusan ChoiJennifer EganDave EggersLouise ErdrichRichard FordLaurie FrankelAndrew Sean GreerJane HirshfieldSiri HustvedtCharles JohnsonLaila LalamiJonathan LethemDonna TarttMadeline MillerViet Thanh NguyenLuis Alberto UrreaVendela VidaAyelet WaldmanMaaza MengisteAmor Towles
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Average rating from 56 members
Join Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager on an American tour of some of our favorite authors. Nancy and Jeff take to the road to talk all things book in homes, hotels, coffee shops, and libraries. And what’s better than sitting in on book lovers chatting about books? The mission was to find out “Why do you read, and how does reading help you write?” This is a glimpse into the life of 23 writers, “the libraries they carry around in their hearts and minds; the books that have shaped their tastes, their psyches, the subject matter that fascinated them, the craftsmanship that fills them with envy, the stories that have resonated so deeply that they feel like stories they themselves have lived.” It’s not the sort of book you want to read cover to cover in one sitting, rather you will enjoy picking it up in random moments for an intimate conversation with your favorite author or one you’ve never heard of. I defy anyone to read through this book without adding to your tbr. This is definitely one for the resource shelf. Replete with lists at the end of each author’s section this would be a handy tool for readers advisory or even a thoughtful gift for most any avid reader. After all who could resist a road trip with Nancy Pearl?