Philip Roth’s Favorite Books

The favorite books of renowned American novelist, Philip Roth, are examined below (courtesy of Forward). Roth has been awarded numerous prestigious awards from the literary establishment over the course of his career, including the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral: American Trilogy (1) (Vintage International), the National Book Award For Fiction for Goodbye, Columbus : And …

George Pelecanos – Favorite Books

The favorite books of the talented and grossly underrated author, George Pelecanos, are detailed below (courtesy of TopTenBooks).  Along with Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, and David Simon (authors examined in prior posts), Pelecanos authored numerous episodes of HBO's cult-classic, The Wire, and, most recently, The Deuce, which examines the 1970's porn industry in New York City.  Click on …

Elmore Leonard’s Favorite Books

Elmore Leonard was a prolific author, best known for his western and crime fiction - many of his novels were subsequently adapted into films, including Jackie Brown (Tarantino), Out of Sight & Get Shorty. Many contemporary authors, including Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos, credit Leonard's dialogue-driven prose and gritty depictions of the criminal underworld (at the center of …

The Books that Influenced Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy may be the greatest living-writer today.  Many of his works, including Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road, are cited by his contemporaries as masterpieces and personal favorites.  Indeed, you will see McCarthy's novels listed in many of this site's posts.  The following books, which you would surely find in …