Books That Changed Your Favorite Authors Lives

Everyone has a book that changed them profoundly – even the people who write those books. The folks over at Vulture asked 28 authors which books changed their lives the most. Check out their picks below!

The poll yielded a very diverse list. Vulture talked to everyone from memoirist and social critic Margo Jefferson to shock-lit master Chuck Palahniuk, and the answers given range from naturalist memoirs to novels about Southern minor league baseball teams. Check out a few selections from the list below, and then head over to Vulture to see the complete article.


Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of Bright Lines:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley


Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland:

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson


Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City:

The Alienist by Caleb Carr


Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings:

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard


Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin:

The Dixie Association by Donald Hays


Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club:

The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing by Mark McGurl


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