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What Books Do You Love? Bestselling Writer Lee Woodruff Shares a Selection of Hers

Written by gbspcamp on Thursday, July 24, 2014

What Books Do You Love?  Bestselling Writer Lee Woodruff Shares a Selection of Hers

We all have books that speak to us. Whether a novel, memoir, poetry collection, essay, or compelling narrative nonfiction title, these books change our lives and they are the ones we feel compelled to share with others.

This summer, New York Times bestselling author Lee Woodruff was a guest speaker at Amherst.  She shared with GBSP a list of some of her favorite books. What categories do you use to define your favorite books? What are some of the books you find yourself recommending again and again?


Crossing To Safety –Wallace Stegner

Angle of Repose-  Wallace Stegner

State of Wonder- Ann Patchett

Prodigal Summer- Barbara Kingsolver

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd- Jim Fergus

Time and Again- Jack  Finney

Snow Falling on Cedars- David Guterson

Wild Swans – Jung Chang

Too Much Happiness- Alice Munro (short stories)

The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

The Corrections  - Jonathan Franzen

American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld

Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld

The Good House – Ann Leary

Swamplandia- Karen Russell

Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter

The Signature of All Things- Elizabeth Gilbert


The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller

West With the Night – Beryl Markham

The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

Breaking Night –Liz Murray

Fathermothergod- Lucia Greenhouse

Stories I Only Tell My Friends – Rob Lowe

All works by Nora Ephron (essay genre)

All works by David Sedaris  (essay genre)

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

The Girls From Ames: A Story of Women and a 40 year friendship – Jeffrey Zaslow

Open – Andre Agassi

Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs

The Tender Bar – JR Moehringer

Beautiful Boy: A  Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction- David Sheff

By the Iowa Sea – A Memoir of Disaster and Love – Joe Blair


Happens Every Day – Isabel Gilles

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress – Rhoda Janzen

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake – Anna Quindlen

The Mighty Queens of Freeville – Amy Dickinson

Dead End Gene Pool – Wendy Burden

Welcome to the Departure Lounge – Meg Federico

You Know When the Men are Gone – Siobhan Fallon

Where is the Mango Princess – Cathy Crimmins

Ali in Wonderland – Ali Wentworth Operating Instructions – Anne Lamott

An Innocent Abroad – Anne Leary

Come to the Edge – Christina Haag

Perfection – Julie Metz

This is Not the Story You Think It Is – Laura Munson

The Middle Place –Kelly Corrigan

Imperfect Endings – Zoe FitzGerald Carter

Blood, Bones and Butter – Gabrielle Hamilton

The Early Arrival of Dreams – Rosemary Mahoney

The Slippery Year – Melanie Gideon

Saving Graces – Elizabeth Edwards

Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett

Gift From the Sea- Anne Morrow Lindbergh


At Home – Bill Bryson

The Secret Life of Lobsters – Trevor Corson Jim Sollers

Salt – Mark Kurlansky

The Island at the Center of the World –Russell Shorto

The Adirondacks – Paul Schneider

The Social Animal-David Brooks

The Emperor of All Maladies- Siddhartha Mukherjee

The  Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  - Rebecca Skloot


The Light Between the Oceans -  R L Stedman

The Shoemaker’s Wife – Adriana Trigiani

The Chaperone – Laura Moriarty

Forever – Pete Hamill

Time and Again – Jack Finney

Sarah’s Key – Tatiana De Rosnay

One Thousand White Women – Jim Fergus

Five Quarters of an Orange – Joanne Harris

Stones by the River – Henry F. Flowers

Skeletons at the Feast – Chris Bohjalian

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

LITERARY FICTION - Serious Subject Matter

Deep End of the Ocean- Jacqueline Mitchard

Every Last One – Anna Quindlen

A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley

Map of the World – Jane Hamilton

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

Enduring Love – Ian McEwan

Saturday – Ian McEwan

Little Bee – Chris Cleave


On Writing – Stephen King

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott

The Writing Life- Annie Dillard

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron  

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