Kazuo Ishiguro : Never Let Me Go is one of those novels that will change how you think of your time on the planet.

Stephen King : Bag of Bones, for its dreamy exposition; On Writing, the best book on craft and the only one you need. Shawshank Redemption shows the breadth of his style. And besides, I loved the crow.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 100 Years of Solitude taught me there is no canned way to write a novel. It meanders. It introduces characters anytime and at will. Each one makes a lasting impression. I read that he planned nothing about the plot. Just wrote as it came to him.

John Irving: Cider House Rules, witty and melancholy at the same time.

Ranier Maria Rilke: Letters to a Young Poet shaped my adolescence

William Carlos Williams: poetry that is economically powerful. What poetry should be.

Jon Krakauer: All if his books are sort of a front row seat to an active train wreck. He takes real events and recreates then. Like reading a riveting documentary.

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