Carol Rifka Brunt’s List of Favorites

As an appendix to her powerful story – Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt includes “A Conversation with Elin Hilderbrand…”  In her interview the well-known author of Beautiful Day, Barefoot, and others set on Nantucket Island, Elin Hilderbrand asks Brunt to note her favorite authors and books.  The list includes a  a few of my favorites:

  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

and a few for my TBR list:

  • Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  •  Skellig by David Almond
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

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Top Ten Books – An Author’s Inspiration

Asked to list her top 10 favorite books, the author of The Apothecary named her inspiration – more than 10.  Have you read any of these classics?  What books are in your top ten?

  1. The Collected Stories of John Cheever
  2. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  3. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
  4. The Art of Burning Bridges(biography) by Geoffrey Wolff
  5. A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion
  6. Run River by Joan Didion
  7.  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  8.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  9. Edie: An American Girl by Jean Stein
  10.  Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages by Phyllis Rose
  11.  The Border Trilogy, by Cormac McCarthy
  12. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  13. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  14. American Pastoral by Philip Roth