The Top Ten

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What if you asked 125 top writers to pick their favorite books? Which titles would come out on top?
You'll find the answer in The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books: the ultimate guide to the world's greatest books. As writers such as Norman Mailer, Annie Proulx, Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, Margaret Drabble, Michael Chabon and Peter Carey name the ten books that have meant the most to them, you'll be reminded of books you have always loved and ...

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Overview

What if you asked 125 top writers to pick their favorite books? Which titles would come out on top?
You'll find the answer in The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books: the ultimate guide to the world's greatest books. As writers such as Norman Mailer, Annie Proulx, Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, Margaret Drabble, Michael Chabon and Peter Carey name the ten books that have meant the most to them, you'll be reminded of books you have always loved and introduced to works awaiting your discovery.The Top Ten includes summaries of 544 books—each of which is considered to be among the ten greatest books ever written by at least one leading writer. In addition to each writer's Top Ten List, the book features Top Ten Lists tabulated from their picks, including:
• The Top Ten Books of All Time
• The Top Ten Books by Living Writers
• The Top Ten Books of the Twentieth Century
• The Top Ten Mysteries
• The Top Ten Comedies
Already sparking debate, The Top Ten will help readers answer the most pressing question of all: What should I read next?

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This 350-page book could fuel a lifetime of pleasurable reading. Editor J. Peder Zane provided readers with a feast by compiling a gathering of "top ten" book lists from 125 top-flight writers. The selections will surprise you, confuse you, and/or confirm your own choices, but they won't leave you bored. A portable feast.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393328400
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 404,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Peder Zane is the book-review editor of the Raleigh News & Observer and the editor of Norton’s Remarkable Reads. His syndicated column received the ASNE Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary.

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Table of Contents


Introduction   J. Peder Zane     9
The Top Top Ten     15
The Top Top Ten List     17
On the Top Top Ten   Sven Birkerts     19
The Lists     25
Only Ten?   Mary Gaitskill     27
Reading the Lists   David Orr     31
The Writers' Picks     35
A Guide to the World's Best Books     137
Literary Number Games     325
Index of Authors by Initials     335
Index to Book Descriptions     337
Acknowledgments     351
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