Joan Didion – Favorite Books

The favorite books of author, journalist, and screenwriter Joan Didion are examined below.  During her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley, Didion won the Prix de Paris, a yearly contest sponsored by Vogue whereby all seniors at accredited colleges throughout the United States are invited to submit writing entires.  Following her first place …

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Jill Eisenstadt – Favorite Books

One of America's great literary voices, author Jill Eisenstadt, recently provided us with a list of ten of her favorite books, which you can find below.  Eisenstadt is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: From Rockaway, Kiss Out, and Swell.  Following the initial publication of From Rockaway in 1987 (reissued in 2017), Eisenstadt was declared by the media …

Pete Dexter’s Favorite Books (Concerning Families)

FIVE BEST BOOKS (For more information click on the associated image - via Amazon) The Complete Stories (FSG Classics) Edisto: A Novel (FSG Classics) Straight Man: A Novel A River Runs through It and Other Stories Rhine Maidens Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal (January 23, 2010) If you are unfamiliar with Dexter's work, we strongly …

Tony O’Neill’s Favorite Books

One of our favorite authors, Tony O'Neill, recently provided us with a list of his favorite books, which you can find below.  Prior to publication of his autobiographical debut novel, Digging the Vein, O'Neill was a professional musician, playing in several notable bands including Kenickie and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.  O'Neill's novels recount his harrowing …

Woody Allen’s Favorite Books & Films

The favorite books and films of actor, comedian, and the prolific Academy Award-winning director, Woody Allen, are examined below (courtesy of The Guardian).  As a director, Allen is probably best known for the films Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Match Point, and Crimes and Misdemeanors.  Allen's next film, Wonder Wheel (starring Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, and Juno Temple), …

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 …