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Stephen King, Sarah Jessica Parker and More Share Their Top Books of the 21st Century

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Stephen King, Sarah Jessica Parker and More Share Their Top Books of the 21st Century
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Stephen King

Stephen King has written more than 60 books, many of which have been adapted for film and television. His latest is the story collection YOU LIKE IT DARKER.

“Atonement,” by Ian McEwan “Christine Falls,” by Benjamin Black “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn “No Country for Old Men,” by Cormac McCarthy “Oryx and Crake,” by Margaret Atwood “The Paying Guests,” by Sarah Waters “The Plot Against America,” by Philip Roth “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen “Under the Dome,” by Stephen King

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee has written two novels: FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES and PACHINKO, which was one of The Times’s 10 Best Books of 2017.

“All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” by Katherine Boo “Brooklyn,” by Colm Tóibín “The Buddha in the Attic,” by Julie Otsuka “Educated,” by Tara Westover “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond “Gilead,” by Marilynne Robinson “The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones “Nickel and Dimed,” by Barbara Ehrenreich “Redeployment,” by Phil Klay

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard is a Norwegian writer and essayist best known for MY STRUGGLE, a series of six autobiographical novels.

“2666,” by Roberto Bolaño “The Argonauts,” by Maggie Nelson “The Days of Abandonment,” by Elena Ferrante “The Flame Alphabet,” by Ben Marcus “The Kingdom,” by Emmanuel Carrère “Never Let Me Go,” by Kazuo Ishiguro “Small Things Like These,” by Claire Keegan “Storm Still,” by Peter Handke “Train Dreams,” by Denis Johnson “Voices from Chernobyl,” by Svetlana Alexievich

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Bonnie Garmus

Bonnie Garmus is the author of LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, which was named Barnes & Noble’s book of the year in 2022.

“Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates “Demon Copperhead,” by Barbara Kingsolver “Educated,” by Tara Westover “Genome,” by Matt Ridley “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” by J.K. Rowling “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” by Dave Eggers “Henry David Thoreau,” by Laura Dassow Walls “Pobby and Dingan,” by Ben Rice “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead “The Worst Hard Time,” by Timothy Egan

Nana Kwame Adjei‑Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei‑Brenyah’s debut novel, CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS, was one of The Times’s 10 Best Books of 2023.

“Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: Stories,” by ZZ Packer “Ghost Of,” by Diana Khoi Nguyen “Greenwood,” by Michael Christie “Look,” by Solmaz Sharif “Pachinko,” by Min Jin Lee “Pastoralia,” by George Saunders “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” by Jesmyn Ward “Stories of Your Life and Others,” by Ted Chiang “Tenth of December,” by George Saunders “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz is an author whose books include THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

“Americanah,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” by Katherine Boo “Brother, I’m Dying,” by Edwidge Danticat “Kingdom Animalia,” by Aracelis Girmay “The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones “Out,” by Natsuo Kirino “The Savage Detectives,” by Roberto Bolaño “Say Her Name,” by Francisco Goldman “Stories of Your Life and Others,” by Ted Chiang “Tuff,” by Paul Beatty

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is an Emmy-winning actress and the founder of Zando’s literary imprint, SJP Lit.

“An American Marriage,” by Tayari Jones “The Bee Sting,” by Paul Murray “A Burning,” by Megha Majumdar “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” by Anthony Marra “The Corrections,” by Jonathan Franzen “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt “A History of Burning,” by Janika Oza “The Nickel Boys,” by Colson Whitehead “Say Nothing,” by Patrick Radden Keefe “Wave,” by Sonali Deraniyagala

James Patterson

James Patterson has written more than 200 books across various genres, including collaborations with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton. His latest books include CONFESSIONS OF THE DEAD, which he wrote with J.D. Barker, and TIGER, TIGER.

“11/22/63,” by Stephen King “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak “Educated,” by Tara Westover “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” by Stieg Larsson “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” by J.K. Rowling “Kitchen Confidential,” by Anthony Bourdain “Life,” by Keith Richards with James Fox “Mystic River,” by Dennis Lehane “Seabiscuit,” by Laura Hillenbrand

Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand, often referred to as the queen of beach reads, recently announced that SWAN SONG, released in June, would be the last of her Nantucket summer novels.

“Alice & Oliver,” by Charles Bock “American Wife,” by Curtis Sittenfeld “Dirt Music,” by Tim Winton “Euphoria,” by Lily King “Every Last One,” by Anna Quindlen “Fates and Furies,” by Lauren Groff “Hamnet,” by Maggie O’Farrell “Luster,” by Raven Leilani “May We Be Forgiven,” by A.M. Homes “The Night Circus,” by Erin Morgenstern

Annette Gordon‑Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor at Harvard University whose 2008 history, THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO, won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award…

… and she also included it on her ballot, telling us,
“I couldn’t help it.”

“Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates “The Emperor of All Maladies,” by Siddhartha Mukherjee “Gilead,” by Marilynne Robinson “The Hemingses of Monticello,” by Annette Gordon-Reed “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot “The Metaphysical Club,” by Louis Menand “The Plot Against America,” by Philip Roth “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson “Wolf Hall,” by Hilary Mantel

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse is a Hugo- and Nebula-winning science fiction and fantasy novelist whose works include BLACK SUN and TRAIL OF LIGHTNING.

“Ancillary Justice,” by Ann Leckie “Exhalation,” by Ted Chiang “The Fifth Season,” by N.K. Jemisin “The Ministry for the Future,” by Kim Stanley Robinson “The Only Good Indians,” by Stephen Graham Jones “The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories,” by Ken Liu “Ring Shout,” by P. Djèlí Clark “The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich “The Saint of Bright Doors,” by Vajra Chandrasekera “Selected Stories,” by Theodore Sturgeon

Marlon James

Marlon James is the author of five novels, including A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS, which won the 2015 Booker Prize.

“2666,” by Roberto Bolaño “As Meat Loves Salt,” by Maria McCann “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond “The Fifth Season,” by N.K. Jemisin “The Good Lord Bird,” by James McBride “The Line of Beauty,” by Alan Hollinghurst “Pachinko,” by Min Jin Lee “Skippy Dies,” by Paul Murray “Wolf Hall,” by Hilary Mantel “The World Is What It Is,” by Patrick French

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an editor, essayist and author whose best-selling nonfiction includes BAD FEMINIST and HUNGER. She is also a contributing Opinion writer for The New York Times.

“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” by Michael Chabon “The Brutal Language of Love,” by Alicia Erian “Girl, Woman, Other,” by Bernardine Evaristo “Heavy,” by Kiese Laymon “Her Body and Other Parties,” by Carmen Maria Machado “NW,” by Zadie Smith “Pachinko,” by Min Jin Lee “Room,” by Emma Donoghue “Salvage the Bones,” by Jesmyn Ward “State of Wonder,” by Ann Patchett

Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is a writer best known for his 1999 novel MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN.

“Aurora,” by Kim Stanley Robinson “Dear Cyborgs,” by Eugene Lim “The Employees,” by Olga Ravn “Erasure,” by Percival Everett “Hawthorn & Child,” by Keith Ridgway “Houses of Ravicka,” by Renee Gladman “How the Dead Dream,” by Lydia Millet “The Last Samurai,” by Helen DeWitt “Pity the Beast,” by Robin McLean “Trance,” by Christopher Sorrentino

Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is an award-winning romance writer whose most recent novel is KNOCKOUT.

“After Hours on Milagro Street,” by Angelina M. Lopez “Again the Magic,” by Lisa Kleypas “Bet Me,” by Jennifer Crusie “Circe,” by Madeline Miller “Dark Needs at Night’s Edge,” by Kresley Cole “Forbidden,” by Beverly Jenkins “Georgie, All Along,” by Kate Clayborn “Hana Khan Carries On,” by Uzma Jalaluddin “A Heart of Blood and Ashes,” by Milla Vane “Ravishing the Heiress,” by Sherry Thomas

Ed Yong

Ed Yong is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist and the author of AN IMMENSE WORLD and I CONTAIN MULTITUDES.

“Bel Canto,” by Ann Patchett “Chain-Gang All-Stars,” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah “A Day in the Life of Abed Salama,” by Nathan Thrall “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid “H Is for Hawk,” by Helen Macdonald “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot “Saving Time,” by Jenny Odell “The Swimmers,” by Julie Otsuka “This Is How You Lose the Time War,” by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone “Trust,” by Hernan Diaz

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Thomas Chatterton Williams

Thomas Chatterton Williams, a staff writer at The Atlantic, is the author of LOSING MY COOL and SELF-PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE.

“All Aunt Hagar’s Children,” by Edward P. Jones “Biography of X,” by Catherine Lacey “Eat the Document,” by Dana Spiotta “Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories,” by Joan Silber “Malcolm X,” by Manning Marable “The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich “Runaway,” by Alice Munro “Stay True,” by Hua Hsu “Veronica,” by Mary Gaitskill “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson

Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay is an award-winning horror novelist whose latest book is HORROR MOVIE.

“2666,” by Roberto Bolaño “House of Leaves,” by Mark Z. Danielewski “Lady Joker, Vol. 1,” by Kaoru Takamura “The Maniac,” by Benjamín Labatut “Never Let Me Go,” by Kazuo Ishiguro “No Country for Old Men,” by Cormac McCarthy “The Only Good Indians,” by Stephen Graham Jones “Our Share of Night,” by Mariana Enriquez “Treasure Island!!!,” by Sara Levine “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead

Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is best known for comic novels like HIGH FIDELITY and ABOUT A BOY.

“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” by Michael Chabon “Austerity Britain,” by David Kynaston “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” by Ben Fountain “Empire Falls,” by Richard Russo “Gilead,” by Marilynne Robinson “Olive Kitteridge,” by Elizabeth Strout “On Beauty,” by Zadie Smith “Pictures at a Revolution,” by Mark Harris “Random Family,” by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc “Say Nothing,” by Patrick Radden Keefe

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Scott Turow

Scott Turow is an attorney and writer best known for legal thrillers like PRESUMED INNOCENT and THE BURDEN OF PROOF.

“Bel Canto,” by Ann Patchett “Dreamland,” by Sam Quinones “The Good Lord Bird,” by James McBride “My Brilliant Friend,” by Elena Ferrante. Translated by Ann Goldstein. “On Tyranny,” by Timothy Snyder “The Orphan Master’s Son,” by Adam Johnson “The Story of a New Name,” by Elena Ferrante. Translated by Ann Goldstein “The Story of the Lost Child,” by Elena Ferrante. Translated by Ann Goldstein “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,” by Elena Ferrante. Translated by Ann Goldstein

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón is a novelist (LOST CITY RADIO) and contributing writer at The New Yorker whose long-running Spanish-language podcast, Radio Ambulante, is distributed by NPR.

“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Díaz “Citizen,” by Claudia Rankine “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid “The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones “Lincoln in the Bardo,” by George Saunders “My Brilliant Friend,” by Elena Ferrante. Translated by Ann Goldstein. “NW,” by Zadie Smith “Random Family,” by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc “The Savage Detectives,” by Roberto Bolaño “Say Nothing,” by Patrick Radden Keefe

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a poet and professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her debut novel, THE LOVE SONGS OF W.E.B. DU BOIS, was one of The Times’s 10 Best Books of 2021.

“Brother, I’m Dying,” by Edwidge Danticat “Built from the Fire,” by Victor Luckerson “Feminism Is For Everybody,” by bell hooks “Gathering Blossoms,” by Alice Walker “The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones “A Mercy,” by Toni Morrison “The Source of Self-Regard,” by Toni Morrison “Stamped from the Beginning,” by Ibram X. Kendi “Ties that Bind,” by Tiya Miles “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson

Lucy Sante

Lucy Sante is a writer whose last book, I HEARD HER CALL MY NAME, is a memoir of her gender transition.

“Anniversaries,” by Uwe Johnson. Translated by Damion Searls “Feral City,” by Jeremiah Moss “The Friend,” by Sigrid Nunez “It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track,” by Ian Penman “Jacket Weather,” by Mike DeCapite “The Mars Room,” by Rachel Kushner “Same Bed Different Dreams,” by Ed Park “The Savage Detectives,” by Roberto Bolaño “Stay True,” by Hua Hsu “Voices from Chernobyl,” by Svetlana Alexievich

Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart has written five novels, one of which, ABSURDISTAN, was named one of The Times’s 10 Best Books of 2006.

“Bangkok Wakes to Rain,” by Pitchaya Sudbanthad “The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel,” by Amy Hempel “Educated,” by Tara Westover “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid “The Master,” by Colm Tóibín “Netherland,” by Joseph O’Neill “Outline,” by Rachel Cusk “Postwar,” by Tony Judt “Veronica,” by Mary Gaitskill “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson

Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas is a writer and former foreign correspondent whose books include THE PERSUADERS and WINNERS TAKE ALL.

“The Argonauts,” by Maggie Nelson “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” by Katherine Boo “Dark Money,” by Jane Mayer “Far From the Tree,” by Andrew Solomon “A Little Life,” by Hanya Yanagihara “Maximum City,” by Suketu Mehta “My Struggle: Book 2,” by Karl Ove Knausgaard “One of Us,” by Asne Seierstad “Random Family,” by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc “The Year of Magical Thinking,” by Joan Didion

Jessamine Chan

Jessamine Chan’s debut novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS, was named by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of 2022.

“Chain-Gang All-Stars,” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah “Cinema Love,” by Jiaming Tang “Easy Beauty,” by Chloé Cooper Jones “Invisible Child,” by Andrea Elliott “Kairos,” by Jenny Erpenbeck “Matrix,” by Lauren Groff “Minor Feelings,” by Cathy Park Hong “Never Let Me Go,” by Kazuo Ishiguro “Pure Colour,” by Sheila Heti “Torn Apart,” by Dorothy Roberts

Michael Robbins

Michael Robbins is the author of several poetry collections, including WALKMAN and THE SECOND SEX.

“Alien vs. Predator,” by Michael Robbins “Communal Luxury,” by Kristin Ross “Cruel Optimism,” by Lauren Berlant “Fossil Capital,” by Andreas Malm “Keats’s Odes,” by Anahid Nersessian “Lila,” by Marilynne Robinson “Planet of Slums,” by Mike Davis “Poemland,” by Chelsey Minnis “Stolen Life,” by Fred Moten “Veronica,” by Mary Gaitskill

Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu is a genre-spanning writer whose books include RED WIDOW and THE HUNGER.

“Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,” by Susanna Clarke “Lincoln in the Bardo,” by George Saunders “The Little Friend,” by Donna Tartt “The Little Stranger,” by Sarah Waters “Never Let Me Go,” by Kazuo Ishiguro “The Only Good Indians,” by Stephen Graham Jones “The Swimmers,” by Julie Otsuka “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” by Audrey Niffenegger “Wolf Hall,” by Hilary Mantel

Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott is the Edgar-winning author of 11 novels, including DARE ME, THE TURNOUT and BEWARE THE WOMAN.

“Blonde,” by Joyce Carol Oates “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn “Life After Life,” by Kate Atkinson “A Little Life,” by Hanya Yanagihara “Lost Girls,” by Robert Kolker “My Sister, the Serial Killer,” by Oyinkan Braithwaite “Nemesis,” by Philip Roth “Random Family,” by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc “Winter’s Bone,” by Daniel Woodrell “The Year of Magical Thinking,” by Joan Didion

Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris has written five novels, including THEN WE CAME TO THE END, which won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award.

“The Corrections,” by Jonathan Franzen “The Gathering,” by Anne Enright “Gilead,” by Marilynne Robinson “The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones “No Country for Old Men,” by Cormac McCarthy “No One Is Talking About This,” by Patricia Lockwood “NW,” by Zadie Smith “The Savage Detectives,” by Roberto Bolaño “Tinkers,” by Paul Harding “Wolf Hall,” by Hilary Mantel

Ann Napolitano

Ann Napolitano is a novelist whose last book, HELLO BEAUTIFUL, was the 100th pick of Oprah’s Book Club.

“Americanah,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Díaz “Cloud Atlas,” by David Mitchell “Demon Copperhead,” by Barbara Kingsolver “Far From the Tree,” by Andrew Solomon “Homegoing,” by Yaa Gyasi “The Master,” by Colm Tóibín “Station Eleven,” by Emily St. John Mandel “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead “Wolf Hall,” by Hilary Mantel

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

John Irving

John Irving is the author of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, among other novels.

“The Absolutist,” by John Boyne “Burma Sahib,” by Paul Theroux “Cutting for Stone,” by Abraham Verghese “Last Night,” by James Salter “The Nix,” by Nathan Hill “Peeling the Onion,” by Günter Grass “A Saint from Texas,” by Edmund White “Shadow Country,” by Peter Matthiessen “Warlight,” by Michael Ondaatje “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?,” by Jeanette Winterson

Tiya Miles

Tiya Miles is a professor of history at Harvard University whose books include ALL THAT SHE CARRIED, which won the 2021 National Book Award for nonfiction, and the just-published NIGHT FLYER.

“Frederick Douglass,” by David W. Blight “The Hemingses of Monticello,” by Annette Gordon-Reed “Less,” by Andrew Sean Greer “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan “People Love Dead Jews,” by Dara Horn “The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich “Salvage the Bones,” by Jesmyn Ward “The Swerve,” by Stephen Greenblatt “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is a writer whose new novel, A REASON TO SEE YOU AGAIN, comes out in September.

“Bright Dead Things,” by Ada Limón “The Corrections,” by Jonathan Franzen “Fun Home,” by Alison Bechdel “Grief Is For People,” by Sloane Crosley “Heavy,” by Kiese Laymon “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel,” by Alexander Chee “Just Kids,” by Patti Smith “Pachinko,” by Min Jin Lee “There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé,” by Morgan Parker “True Biz,” by Sara Novic

Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter, a professor at Yale Law School, has written critically acclaimed nonfiction as well as six novels, including THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK.

“Bourgeois Dignity,” by Deirdre McCloskey “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid “The Fabric of Civilization,” by Virginia Postrel “The Human Stain,” by Philip Roth “Inventing The Enemy,” by Umberto Eco “March,” by Geraldine Brooks “The Overstory,” by Richard Powers “Silence,” by Jane Brox “That All Shall Be Saved,” by David Bentley Hart “What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

1 of these, so far, appears on the 100 Best list.
(This page will update throughout the
week.)

Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright and nonfiction writer whose most recent book is LET THE RECORD SHOW.

“Citizen,” by Claudia Rankine “The Freezer Door,” by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore “Memorial Drive,” by Natasha Trethewey “Minor Detail,” by Adania Shibli “The Rediscovery of America,” by Ned Blackhawk “They Were Her Property,” by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers “Vanguard,” by Martha S. Jones “The Viral Underclass,” by Steven W. Thrasher “We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I,” by Raja Shehadeh “The Women’s House of Detention,” by Hugh Ryan

Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand is the author of 20 novels, most recently A HAUNTING ON THE HILL.

“The Enchanted,” by Rene Denfeld “Henry Darger,” by John M. MacGregor “Ill Will,” by Dan Chaon “James Tiptree Jr.,” by Julie Phillips “Just Kids,” by Patti Smith “The Little Stranger,” by Sarah Waters “Magic for Beginners,” by Kelly Link “Night of the Living Rez,” by Morgan Talty “The Old Ways,” by Robert Macfarlane “Pattern Recognition,” by William Gibson

Dion Graham

Dion Graham is an actor whose award-winning audiobook narrations include Jonathan Eig’s KING and Colson Whitehead’s CROOK MANIFESTO.

“American War,” by Omar El Akkad “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” by Marlon James “Chasing Me to My Grave,” by Winfred Rembert “The Dark Forest,” by Cixin Liu “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” by Dave Eggers “His Name Is George Floyd,” by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa “King: A Life,” by Jonathan Eig “Washington Black,” by Esi Edugyan

Jeremy Denk

Jeremy Denk is a classical pianist and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” His memoir, EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE, was published in 2022.

“Austerlitz,” by W.G. Sebald “Consider the Lobster,” by David Foster Wallace “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi,” by Geoff Dyer “A Little Devil in America,” by Hanif Abdurraqib “Luster,” by Raven Leilani “The Possessed,” by Elif Batuman “Random Family,” by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc “The Rest Is Noise,” by Alex Ross “Runaway,” by Alice Munro “Sound Within Sound,” by Kate Molleson

Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins is a journalist, editor and the author of several books, including THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING.

“Barracoon,” by Zora Neale Hurston “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” by Haruki Murakami “Erasure,” by Percival Everett “The Future Is History,” by Masha Gessen “Girl, Woman, Other,” by Bernardine Evaristo “How to Say Babylon,” by Safiya Sinclair “In the Dream House,” by Carmen Maria Machado “Looking for Lorraine,” by Imani Perry “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” by Jesmyn Ward

Michael Roth

Michael Roth is the president of Wesleyan University.

“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” by Michael Chabon “The Argonauts,” by Maggie Nelson “In Love,” by Amy Bloom “Lose Your Mother,” by Saidiya Hartman “Lost Children Archive,” by Valeria Luiselli “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” by Ocean Vuong “Septology,” by Jon Fosse. Translated by Damion Searls “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman “The Topeka School,” by Ben Lerner “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” by Jennifer Egan

Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is the author of 12 books, including RIGHT THING, RIGHT NOW and THE DAILY STOIC, and co-owns a bookstore in Bastrop, Texas.

“Caste,” by Isabel Wilkerson “The Choice,” by Edith Eger “Deep Work,” by Cal Newport “How the Word Is Passed,” by Clint Smith “Mastery,” by Robert Greene “The River of Doubt,” by Candice Millard “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,” by Jon Ronson “The Tiger,” by John Vaillant “Tunnel 29,” by Helena Merriman

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