115 writers -- from Norman Mailer to Peggy Noonan, Oliver Stone to Nadine Gordimer -- describe the most important three to six (and often more) books in their lives. It's not all Melville and Dostoevsky and Dickens; Dave Barry cites Archie comics, James McBride praises Spiderman, and Lillian Ross remembers the Bobbsey Twins. There are also plenty of chuckles, as when Vonnegut thrashes Hemingway's _A Farewell to Arms_ and Wendy Wasserstein reveals that Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" can be sung to the tune of "Hernando's Hideaway." Mostly, this book will make you hungry to read even more -- not just the great and obscure volumes cited by the interviewees, but some of the interviewees you may not ever have heard of before.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus