The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books

The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books

Number of page: 352
Author: edited by J. Peder Zane
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Literary Collections

What if you asked 125 top writers to pick their favorite books
Which titles would come out on top
You’ll find the answer in The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books: the ultimate guide to the world’s greatest books. As writers such as Norman Mailer, Annie Proulx, Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, Margaret Drabble, Michael Chabon and Peter Carey name the ten books that have meant the most to them, you’ll be reminded of books you have always loved and introduced to works awaiting your discovery.
The Top Ten includes summaries of 544 books—each of which is considered to be among the ten greatest books ever written by at least one leading writer. In addition to each writer’s Top Ten List, the book features Top Ten Lists tabulated from their picks, including:
• The Top Ten Books of All Time • The Top Ten Books by Living Writers • The Top Ten Books of the Twentieth Century • The Top Ten Mysteries • The Top Ten Comedies
Already sparking debate, The Top Ten will help readers answer the most pressing question of all: What should I read next

About The Author

J. Peder Zane is the book-review editor of the Raleigh News & Observer and the editor of Norton’s Remarkable Reads. His syndicated column received the ASNE Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary.


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    LibraryThing Review At first I was unsure about another book about “books you must read”, but after thumbing through it I absolutely fell in love. At least once a week I take this book off the shelf and look to see what some great authors have to say about their favorite books.
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    LibraryThing Review I love reading. I like making lists. I like finding out what books are considered quality literature and checking my reading against those recommendations. Clearly, this book is ideal for me. The way
  • debnancedebnance
    LibraryThing Review I browsed through this book a few weeks back during a bookstore visit and put it back on the shelf; my quick assessment found it tediously monotonous, with all the writers picking the same few
  • aimless22aimless22
    LibraryThing Review An exhaustive list of wonderful books recommended by today’s authors. Enjoyable to read and possible purchase? I did note one book mentioned that was not on anyone’s list. It was mentioned in one of
  • seldombitesseldombites
    LibraryThing Review This is a great resource if you are looking for ideas for a quality read. With books for just about every taste and ability, the advantage of using this book instead of just looking up lists on the
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    LibraryThing Review This book has top ten book lists for 125 writers. Zane then scored these selections with a #1 pick getting 10 points and a #10 pick getting 1 point to come up with an overall list. The top ten works
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    LibraryThing Review You pretty much know the contents of the book from the title alone. In fact Zane asked 125 top British and American authors of various fiction genres for their lists, among them, Stephen King, Alice
  • LheaJLoveLheaJLove
    LibraryThing Review J. Peder Zane compiled 125 lists of top ten greatest books from British and American authors. Each author, from Sherman Alexie to Jennifer Weiner, ranked their 10 masterpieces in order. Each work