Writers Share Favorite Books

Leroi Jones' "Blues People"

Alex Abramovich recommends "Blues People: Negro Music in White America" by Leroi Jones, who later changed his name to Amiri Baraka.

Thomas Kunkel on 'Here Is New York'

Journalist and educator Thomas Kunkel recommends "Here Is New York" by E.B. White.

Elena Ferrante and Elizabeth Hardwick

Alissa Quart Recommends Elena Ferrante's "Days of Abandonment" and Elizabeth Hardwick's "Sleepless Nights."

Terry Tempest Williams on the novel Tracks by Louise Erdrich

Writer Terry Tempest Williams recommends the novel "Tracks" by Louise Erdrich.

Douglas Adams' Survival Guilt

Jennifer Jacquet recommends "Last Chance to See" by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine.

Maggie Nelson on "Close to the Knives"

Maggie Nelson recommends "Close to the Knives" by David Wojnarowicz.

Nicholas Carr on the Art of Navigation

Nicholas Carr recommends John Edward Huth's 2013 book, "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way," about how to use the natural world to navigate. 

BookMark: Sarah Bakewell Recommends "The Pillow Book"

Sarah Bakewell recommends "The Pillow Book" by Sei Shonagon (translated by Ivan Morris).