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The writer's library : the authors you love on the books that changed their lives / [edited by] Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager.

Pearl, Nancy, (editor.). Schwager, Jeff, (editor.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 028.9 WRI (Text) 33500013282421 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 028.9 WRI (Text) 33500013282413 New Checked out 10/13/2020
Thief River Falls Public Library 028.9 WRI (Text) 35500006304156 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062968500
  • ISBN: 0062968505
  • ISBN: 9780062968494
  • ISBN: 0062968491
  • Physical Description: xii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper One, [2020]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Jonathan Lethem -- Laila Lalami -- Luis Alberto Urrea -- Jennifer Egan -- T.C. Boyle -- Susan Choi -- Andrew Sean Greer -- Madeline Miller -- Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman -- Maaza Mengiste -- Amor Towles -- Louise Erdrich -- Dave Eggers -- Laurie Frankel -- Viet Thanh Nguyen -- Jane Hirshfield -- Richard Ford -- Siri Hustvedt -- Charles Johnson -- Vendela Vida -- Donna Tartt -- Russell Banks.
Summary, etc.:
"Moving, joyful, and insightful collection of conversations with today's living literary legends about the books that changed their lives, made them think, and brought them joy, from 'American's Librarian' Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1
    *Starred Review* The nearly two dozen literary conversations gathered here are at once substantial and effervescent—magnetic qualities attributable to the focus on what writers read and the expertise and passion of the two interlocutors, renowned librarian and book champion Pearl and playwright, producer, and journalist Schwager. This inquisitive duo traveled the country to speak with writers not so much about their "physical libraries, but the libraries they carry around in their hearts and minds." The central questions—"Why do you read, and how does reading help you write?"—engendered marvelously free-wheeling conversations powered by enrapturing candor and brilliant commentary on the craft and resonance of literature. A striking number of writers confess to early, voracious, and wildly indiscriminate reading, while many named Homer, Flannery O'Connor, James Baldwin, Ray Bradbury, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, and Lorrie Moore as crucial influences. Carnegie Medal winners Jennifer Egan, Richard Ford, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Donna Tartt are mesmerizing. Russell Banks recounts his part in getting his mentor, Nelson Algren, fired from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. A school poster inspired young Michael Chabon to read Newbery winners. Mazaa Mengiste shares her youthful reading focus on books about revolutions. Complete with lists of titles from each writer's inner library, this is a zestfully elucidating and inspiring portal onto the lives and thoughts of truly exceptional writers. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Authors, American > 20th century > Books and reading.
Authors, American > 20th century > Interviews.
Authors, American > 21st century > Books and reading.
Authors, American > 21st century > Interviews.
Authors, American.
Authors, American > Books and reading.
Genre: Interviews.

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