Jacqueline Winspear

I read because I love language, the way the joining of words and the rhythm of a story can make me laugh, cry, or take me out of my world or immerse me in the lives of others. More

Tracy Chevalier

I read because I want to know what it’s like to look at the world through someone else’s eyes, and reading is a remarkably efficient and vigorous way of doing that. More

Anthony Doerr

We are all mapmakers: We embed our memories everywhere, inscribing a private and intensely complicated latticework across the landscape. More

Gorky Park

First book in the Arkady Renko series, which became an instant bestseller and changed the crime fiction genre. More

A Soldier’s Tale

Enduring novel that has met with critical acclaim and been reprinted many times since its first release. More

Nostromo

A sweeping masterpiece considered by many to be Conrad’s greatest novel. More

The Thorn Birds

McCullough’s sweeping family saga of forbidden love in the Australian outback; became a bestselling phenomenon. More

Papillon

A bestselling phenomenon and classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure. More

Barometer Rising

The first novel by MacLennan, one of Canada’s most significant novelists of the mid-twentieth century. More

Mary Karr

I read to save my life, to take communion, to enter a community of fellow sufferers and rejoicers. More