Friday OT - On Good Author-ity

Clonefan32

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For anyone who loves golf, I've read Tom Coyne's books about his golf travels and they are all wonderful.
 
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Mark Sullivan
John Grisham
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Jon Meacham
William Kent Krueger
James McBride
Erik Larson
Amor Towles
 

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My favorite authors of the past are now just fond memories, and as I age, I find contemporary fiction mostly unbearable. I also find that when I re-read the classics, I either like them more or like them less, because, let's face it: I'm not the same person now that I was when I read them back then.

So, it's non-fiction for me these days.

Currently, I am much in awe of James Parker, a staff writer at The Atlantic. Every one of his essays is a work of art.

Here's the ending of his "Ode" (to gum) in the June issue.

"Someone told me at school that if you swallowed a piece of gum it would wrap itself around your heart. Amazing image. So chew on, humans. Those knobs of used gum -- they're tiny monuments to contemplation, really. They memorialize passages of the mind. The thoughts are flown, but the gum remains. Get some on your shoe, wrap it around your heart and think of me."
 

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Steve Berry - Cotton Malone series, specifically, but all his characters are great.
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs - Pendergast books are wonderful
Tolkien
Rowling
 

Gonzo

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Behind you
Who is your favorite author? Do you have more than one? What are your favorite works by them?
I'll stick with contemporary since otherwise the list would get pretty long...

Donna Tartt - I don't think anyone develops fictional characters better than she does.
Richard Russo - He just writes with so much grit, depth, and dry humor.
Doris Kearns Goodwin - Captures the human stories of historical figures so well, without getting preachy.
 
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