My 10 Favorite Books

The New York Times Style Magazine is running a great new series on the 10 favorite books of a variety of luminaries across Hollywood, politics, academia, and the public sphere. The series asks each figure to name the 10 books they would keep with them on a desert island if they were stranded there forever. As that is a fantasy that I have lived out daily since before I can remember, and especially ever since I first read Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Crusoe, I decided to put together my own list. I set only one rule for myself: only one book per author.

  1. Moby-Dick  by Herman Melville
  2. Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
  3. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  4. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
  5. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  6. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  7. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  8. Call of the Wild by Jack London
  9. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  10. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
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