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Reading a Book

The following books are some of my favorites. All will help improve your writing ability. I chose each for its style, content and possible unique subject matter (or handling of same). Pay attention to the writers, for these are some on the cutting edge of our time. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do.

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FICTION:
Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea
Dennis Potter - Black Eyes, Ticket to Ride
Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose, The Island of the Day Before, Foucault's Pendulum
Tom Wolfe - Bonfire of the Vanities
John Steinbeck - The Pearl, The Winter of Discontent
Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Edward Rutherford - Sarum, Russka, London  

Kurt Vonnegut - Galapagos
James Salter - A Sport and a Pasttime, Burning the Days

Wallace Stegner - Crossing to Safety
Vilhelm Moberg - The Emmigrants
Robin Cook - Sphinx
Thomas Pynchon - Vineland
Jim Harrison - Warlock, Legends of the Fall, The Road Home

Clive Barker - Weaveworld, Imagica
Ann Rice - The Mummy, Interview with the Vampire, The Feast of All Saints


SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS:
James Salter - Dusk
Barry Lopez - Winter Count
Daphne du Maurier - Don't Look Now
John Updike - Problems, Museums and Women
Truman Capote - The Collected Works of Truman Capote
Ernest Hemingway - Hemingway Stories
Edgar Allan Poe -
The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe  
David Lida - Travel Advisory

NONFICTION:
Truman Capote - In Cold Blood
John Berendt - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Farley Mowat - Never Cry Wolf
Barry Lopez - Arctic Dreams, Of Wolves and Men
Izak Dinesen - Out of Africa
Gay Talese - The Overreachers 
Norman Mailer - Armies of the Night
Joan Didion - Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Tom Wolfe - Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers
Bruce Feiler - Under the Big Top

Tony Horwitz - Confederates in the Attic


You can add to this list. Look for writers who present the world in an unusual way.  
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