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The Book That Changed My Life: Interviews with National Book Award Winners and Finalists

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Publisher Comments:

Every reader can name at least one book that changed his or her life — and many more beloved titles will surely come to mind as well. In The Book That Changed My Life, fifteen of America's most influential authors discuss their own special literary choices. These unique interviews with National Book Award winners and finalists offer new insights into the many ways in which the experience of reading shapes the act of writing. Robert Stone on Joseph Conrad's Victory, Cynthia Ozick on Henry James's Washington Square, Charles Johnson on Jack London's The Sea-Wolf — each approaches the question of literary influence, while offering rich and wonderful revelations about his or her own writing career. James Carroll, Don DeLillo, E. L. Doctorow, Diane Johnson, Philip Levine, David Levering Lewis, Barry Lopez, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Grace Paley, Linda Pastan, and Katherine Paterson are the other distinguished contributors to this collection of informed, insightful interviews.

Review:

"Everyone should read this book, especially the illiterate." Steve Martin, author of Shopgirl

Review:

"Talking about favorite books can bring you close to people real fast, and these wonderful interviews with 15 National Book Award winners and finalists say a lot not only about the books that shaped their writing lives but also about why their books speak to us....A must for book-discussion groups." Hazel Rochman, Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"A tribute to the power of reading to shape our vision of ourselves and our world, this title is recommended for all literature collections." William Gargan, Library Journal

Synopsis:

An original collection of literary interviews asks some of our greatest living writers, "What book most changed your life?" Contributors include E.L. Doctorow, Philip Levine, Alice McDermott, Grace Paley, and Robert Stone. All profits will be donated to the National Book Foundation.

About the Author

Diane Osen is a freelance writer and editor specializing in the arts, and has worked with dozens of National Book Award authors during her fourteen-year association with the National Book Foundation. Co-editor of The Writing Life, an NBA anthology published by Random House in 1996, she is also the author of Royal Scandals and the co-author of Great Interview.

Neil Baldwin is the executive director of the National Book Foundation and the sponsor of the National Book Awards. He has written several books, including, most recently, Henry Ford and the Jews.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679783510
Editor:
Osen, Diane
Introduction:
Baldwin, Neil
Introduction by:
Baldwin, Neil
Introduction:
Baldwin, Neil
Editor:
Osen, Diane
Author:
Osen, Diane
Author:
The National Book Foundation Edited by Diane Osen
Author:
Baldwin, Neil
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
National Book Awards.
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2002
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Paperbacks
Series Volume:
150-101-686
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 BandW PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 x 0.38 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 208 pages Modern Library - English 9780679783510 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Everyone should read this book, especially the illiterate."
"Review" by , "Talking about favorite books can bring you close to people real fast, and these wonderful interviews with 15 National Book Award winners and finalists say a lot not only about the books that shaped their writing lives but also about why their books speak to us....A must for book-discussion groups."
"Review" by , "A tribute to the power of reading to shape our vision of ourselves and our world, this title is recommended for all literature collections."
"Synopsis" by , An original collection of literary interviews asks some of our greatest living writers, "What book most changed your life?" Contributors include E.L. Doctorow, Philip Levine, Alice McDermott, Grace Paley, and Robert Stone. All profits will be donated to the National Book Foundation.
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